#LoveSA: What's splashing at Splashy Fen 2018 + upcoming local festivals not to miss

2018-03-06 22:00 - Kavitha Pillay
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Splashy Fen. (Photo: Twitter)

Cape Town - South Africa’s oldest music festival, Splashy Fen, is set to take place over the traditional Easter weekend from Thursday, 29 March to Monday, 02 April.

The Festival organisers promise that old and new fans will not be disappointed by the music line-up and activities in store, including a load of new and unique offerings for festival-goers.

SEE: Easter events across SA: What will you get up to?

According to the event organisers, there will be over 300 hand-picked artists performing across 5 unique stages. "Of the 320 musicians that will be performing at Splashy Fen this year, 302 are South African," say the Festival organisers.

"In addition, the 2018 Splashy Fen will host the largest number of KZN born artists in its 27-year history, with 46% of all musicians hailing from KZN."

The full artist line-up features much-loved local acts Chico Muyo, Freddy-L, Rusty Red, Don Clarke and Dicky Roberts, Mali Zulu, Monark, Jerry and the Bandits, Rubber DUC, Bowling for Soup, Mango Groove, Hot Water, GoodLuck and Ard Matthews.

Tickets have been capped this year with only 7 000 tickets available.

Splashy Fen Creative Director, Andrew Van Rensburg, says “We are adamant in providing a high-quality experience and a high level of service. Capping the number of available tickets at 7 000 is a commitment that shows we are less interested in ticket sales and more passionate about creating the best possible experience for everyone.”

Here are some of the exciting things to look out for at the 2018 Splashy Fen Music Festival:

Splashy Bus

Making the Splashy Fen experience much easier, fans can now leave their cars behind and "join other party-goers on a car pool of a different kind".

For R300, the Splashy Bus will collect travellers from two central points in Durban and Pietermaritzburg, and transport them up to the festival and back. This transport option also adds to the festival's efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. Click here to book.

Pre-order drinks

Now you can pre-order your drinks for collection at Splashy Fen using the MiTreat App.

"Available through the Google Play Store or the Apple iStore, the MiTreat App lets fans order and pay for their campsite drink selection before they arrive, and collect the goods on site for the first two days of the festival – hassle-free and convenience at its best," say the event organisers.

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Firestone Karaoke Kombi

The Firestone Karaoke Kombi, which takes to the road for its first full year of fun and music, will make a stop at Splashy Fen 2018.

"The activation involves two Kombis – one a classic 1972 VW Brasília kombi and the other one brand new – converted into mobile karaoke studios. Fittingly, the Brasília kombi is host to the large catalogue of old-school songs, while its newer sibling features the best of new school karaoke songs," say Splashy organisers.

"Each kombi is equipped with microphones, a sing-along TV-screen and speakers, which allow guests to jump in, close the doors behind them and sing to their heart’s content. Behind the scenes, a team of audio technicians record each performance and upload it to social media, before sharing it via mobile message with the singers and their friends."

Van Rensburg says “We’re really excited about all the new things we have added this year. We’ve built a series of new showers, we’ve got exciting things happening down at the new Corona River Stage, there’s a larger-than-life hand-made look-out tower constructed by the talented artist Kim Goodwin, our transport offering on The Splashy Bus offers fans an amazing alternative to driving up to the festival, and our Battle of the Fen competition gives a local artist the opportunity to fight it out for a spot on our main stage."

Splashy Fen won a 2017 Lilizela Tourism Award in recognition for contributing over R35 million to the KZN community, it was ranked one of the Top 5 things to do in March by American Express Essentials, and also made the list of the 300 Best Festivals on Earth.

"We’re all about creating ‘that’ Splashy Fen experience. And we believe it is what puts the festival right up there, on a global ranking level,” adds Van Rensburg.

When: Thursday, 29 March - Monday, 02 April.

Where: Underberg, KZN.

Tickets: www.splashyfen.co.za

Upcoming festivals to check out across SA

Durbanville Plaasfees

This annual event is all about celebrating and immersing the senses in the wonders of farm life and the fruits of its labours - all in the name of wholesome homegrown fun. The festival will host a range of activities and food stalls for all who attend and promise to bring to life the nostalgia of the tranquility and simplicity of farm life. So bring along your family and enthusiasm for horsing around and having a good time.

When: 10 March.

Where: Diemersdal Wine Estate.

Tickets: R60 (adults) and R20 (children), tickets can be purchased via Computicket.

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Cape Town Carnival 

The Cape Town Carnival is a colourful annual event that celebrates the diversity of Cape Town and its many wonders and talents. Over 2000 Cape Town performers will be clad in show stopping costumes vibrant with colours and various acts. The Carnival will take to the Fan Walk in Green Point to share their dances and talents while parading by on decorative floats.

When: 17 March.

Where: Green Point Fan Walk.

Tickets: If you don’t wish to stand on the side of the Fan Walk to witness the parade, the event offers seated at R300 each and VIP tickets at R1300 each. Bookings can be made via Quicket and for more information on this, see the CT Carnival’s website.

Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK)

This event is committed to displaying and boasting the arts, culture and heritage of South Africa through the Afrikaans language. It also attracts folk from all over the country and the world, and sets the tone for one, non-stop fun vibe.

There will be a plethora of stalls with food, clothing, curios, jewellery and more. There will also be art galleries open to display the works of numerous local artists featuring an array of different mediums - from sculptures to paintings to drawings. 

When: 29 March - 14 April.

Where: Karoo, Oudtshoorn.

Tickets: Average at R85 with the last day at R55. Purchase tickets at Computicket or at your Shoprite, Checkers or House & Home.

Taste of Jozi Food Festival

The flavour-filled event promises to get tummies rumbling on Friday, March 30 at The Old Train Station next to Mandela Bridge. Festivities begin at 13:00 and run until 23:00 and includes a range of over 50 food and drink stalls, as well as live entertainment to keep you in the groove while you indulge in yummy food. 

When: 30 March.

Where: The Old Train Station next to Mandela Bridge, Newtown, Johannesburg CBD.

Tickets: Via the website through Nutickets and at the gate at R100 (online) and R150 (at the gate).

The Rand Show

The Rand Show is the largest customer exhibition in South Africa and returns this year at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec from Friday, March 30 to Sunday, April 8.

Its legacy dates back over 123 years and has been around to serve generations of South African families with its evergreen theme that revolves around families, their lifestyles and living spaces. With an endless supply of family fun events - from live musical performances to an amusement park - this week-long event is sure to have you and your family spoiled for choice.

When: 30 March - 18 April.

Where: Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec.

Tickets: Between R10 and R150 - depending on your age and children under 6-years-old enter free. For more information see the website.

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