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The longest running music festival in South Africa, Splashy Fen has entertained music lovers for over 25 years. The 4-day event takes places every year in April outside Underberg, east of the Maloti Drakensberg Park, and fans arrive in large numbers to enjoy the outdoors and featured top bands.
Splashy Fen is named after the farm on which the festival takes place and was the brainchild of the farm owner and a forestry officer friend, both music lovers and keen to offer an experience similar to the Festival of the Flower Children hosted in the UK. The first event took place in 1990 and the 2 organisers expected a handful to arrive. Instead 1200 people attended and since those days, the event continues to grow and become slicker in its production. Initially, the music was mostly folk but today with the backing of major sponsors, there are 4 stages offering different music genres with top local and international bands headlining the festival. The organisers have even setup a children’s entertainment park and crèche services. There are alternate activities organised over the 4 days that include an early morning trial run, horse riding, helicopter flips, paragliding and quad biking.
Accommodation is offered at a camping site and a glamping offering is on the cards. There is plenty of parking space and stalls lining the pathways selling foodstuffs and unusual crafts. A coffee village and beer garden keeps the crowds festive between music acts.
A river runs below the camping site to cool off or just to chill on the river banks.
The event has reached legendary status and anyone who loves music and the outdoors – and has 4 days to spare – should consider attending the festival. Europe has their Glastonbury and we have our Splashy Fen.