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Thursday, April 17, 2014


(Jeremy Loops)

Sponsored by Tourism KZN, the 25th Splashy Fen Music Festival is coming up over the Easter long weekend from April 17 to 21 and is once again set to rock the southern Drakensberg with an awesome line-up of the very best in South African music.

Guaranteed to be one of the highlights at this year’s festival is the legendary Vusi Mahlasela. Celebrated for his distinct, powerful vocals and poetic lyrics, Mahlasela has toured the world and performed alongside the likes of Alicia Keys, Dave Matthews and Josh Groban.

Other must-see acts include the likes of Jeremy Loops, Matthew Mole, Gangs of Ballet, ISO, Arno Carstens & Francois van Coke, Shortstraw, The Black Cat Bones, Chris Chameleon, Dan Patlansky, Nibs van der Spuy, Ant Cawthorn-Blazeby & Nick Pitman, The Guy Buttery Band, Paige Mac, Haggis and Bong, Bittereinder, Habit To, DJ Ready D, The Kiffness, Yesterday’s Pupil, Das Kapital, Veranda Panda, Sibot & Toyota, among others.

“This is a big year for Splashy and what better way to celebrate our milestone quarter-century than by presenting a line-up jam-packed with some of the biggest acts ever to come out of South Africa,” says festival organiser Pedro Carlo.

“There’ll also be an element of nostalgia with the return of several of the bands and artists that have really wowed audiences and brought the house down in the past. Acts like Just Jinjer, Squeal, WONDERboom and even Tree63, whose former members will be flying in from Canada and the States to reunite at Splashy for the first time since 2008!”

In a nutshell, festival-goers can expect non-stop entertainment, top-class sound and lighting, side-splitting stand-up comedy, loads of exciting food and drink outlets, plus a vibrant craft market and retail area. South Africa’s longest-running annual music festival, Splashy Fen has something for everyone; in fact there’s nothing else quite like it!

Tickets are available at Computicket and include camping for the entire four-night, five-day festival. For the full programme and to find out more about the new tented accommodation options available this year, visit or contact 031 563 0824.