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Monday, November 24, 2008


Next year’s event marks the 20th Big Splash!

Preparations for next year’s Splashy Fen Music Festival – the 20th since its inception in 1990 – are already well underway and festival-goers making the annual pilgrimage to Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal can expect a special celebration to mark this major milestone in the festival’s history.

Over the years, Splashy Fen has evolved from a small get-together in the mountains into one of South Africa’s premier festivals, widely recognised for its contribution to promoting local music by providing a platform for close to 1,500 artists and helping to kick-start many a successful music career. Although continuously adapting to changing trends, Splashy Fen has nevertheless managed to retain its unique character and appeal; that special ‘something’ – the people, the vibe, the sense of family – that has allowed it to endure for nearly two decades to become the longest-running music festival in the country.

Happening over the Easter long weekend from April 9 to 13, Splashy Fen 2009 will once again offer a diverse four-day programme of top and up-and-coming live acts, including featured performances by a number of Splashy ‘legends’. There’ll also be a wide choice of outdoor leisure activities for the whole family, an abundance of different food outlets, colourful craft stalls and various camping options – all set against a backdrop of the scenic Drakensberg mountains. Splashy Fen has something for everyone; in fact there’s nothing else in South Africa quite like it!

Early Bird tickets are now on sale at Computicket for R350, which is a saving of R150 on the gate price. This offer is valid until the end of December only and tickets are limited, so don't miss out! Children under 12 pay R50 – tickets at the gate only. The price includes camping for the entire festival.

Got any memories to share? If so, the organisers are looking for stories, photographs and video footage from Splashy Fen’s early years, and would also like to hear from any Splashy ‘veterans’ who’ve been to all (or many) of the previous festivals. All contributions are welcome and can be emailed to

For more information, visit or contact Pedro at 082 892 6176.