SPLASHY FEN 2018 REVIEW
Splashy Fen 2018
Words and Images By: Monique le Roux
“As you reflect over the coming days, concentrate on engraving the memories of a special 4 days on a
Southern Drakensberg farm called Splashy Fen.
A festival where the exchange rate, politics, news, conflict &
judgement are forgotten, but instead family, friends, happiness and consciousness are embraced.
A festival that brought 7 000 South Africans from all walks of life together.
Thank you Splashy Fen.
You have fulfilled our souls & we hope we have managed to fulfil yours.
Until 2019… STAY HUMAN. Stu & Fuzz”
This is the heartfelt message from Splashy Fen event organisers to their fans, as shared on their Facebook page.
A beautiful sentiment that summarizes the atmosphere,
mood and tone for the 4-day long Easter weekend music festival.
This past long weekend we had the pleasure of road tripping down to Underberg, in the Southern Drakensberg,
and attending South Africa’s “friendliest festival” – Splashy Fen.
Being South Africa’s oldest and longest running music festival, the organizers of Splashy Fen
really know what they are doing!
Splashy is one of the most well organised and engaging festivals we have ever attended with a very well-thought-
out venue and with just the right amount of activities for everyone to enjoy.
Imagine a place which not only has one of the most beautiful views in South Africa but also offers amazing
entertainment, a craft market, morning yoga sessions, drumming circles, trail runs, artisan food vendors, and even
has a beautiful river to tube down, swim in or just laze around on the banks with friends.
A little different to the no under 18’s rule at other similar festivals in South Africa,
Splashy is a festival for everyone,
young and old, which adds a completely different dimension to the festival.
Seeing an 8-year-old dancing away to Mango Groove with his Mom and Dad brings upon you a sense of nostalgia.
Families are well taken care of with a separate camping area and a Kids Zone,
the rest of the general Splashy population takes up residence in the general camping area and
for those who prefer a little bit more luxury in life there is the services of the Harambee Tented Village.
The highlight of the weekend most definitely goes to the 2 identical twin brothers from
Melbourne – international act
The Pierce Brothers surprised Fenners with not only 1 incredible performance but 2 mind-blowing
Lucky festival goers who happened to be down by the river on Saturday afternoon got to experience a surprise set
on the Corona River Stage – we have never been happier to be in the right place, at the right time.
A thrilled crowd embraced their folky musical magic, dancing away to the beat of their drums and the strumming of
On Sunday night they spoiled us with their presence once again, this time completely out doing themselves and
making 7000 SUPER fans of every single person at Splashy Fen 2018.
They have just the right combination of interesting instruments (think Didgeridoo), crazy amounts of energy and
crowd interaction to make sure you never take your eyes off of them.
Thank you, Pierce Brothers, and please come back to South Africa again soon!
Other artists worth mentioning who really made this one of the best festival weekends are Mango Groove,
Matthew Mole, Desmond & the Tutu’s, Bowling for Soup, Prime Circle, Perez, Rubber Duc, MonArk,
PH Fat and Josh Wantie – too name but a few.
There were so many artists as well as a wide variety of alternative entertainment which added to the festive vibe
that is Splashy.
The Splashion show which took place on the Saturday afternoon attracted weird and wonderful outfits
with the winners – Batman & Wonder Woman – winning a trip to Emerald Resort in the Seychelles.
7 000 happy Fenners enjoyed a weekend of great entertainment, amazing local and international music acts and
some pretty good South African weather.
With a few hours of rain on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, muddy boots were seen everywhere,
but spirits were not dulled and the festivities ventured on in true Splashy Fen style.