Splashy Fen Music Festival – People, Vibes & Music

Splashy Fen Music Festival is held once a year on a beautiful farm surrounded by mountains just outside the town of Underberg, in the Southern Drakensberg, South Africa. 

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I have been going to Splashy since 1995, what started out as a small folk music gathering In 1990 is now a world renowned music festival. These past three years it has just got better and better, the event was well organised and everyone that Lisa and I have spoken to have raved about what an incredible experience they had.  We can go on and on about all the amazing bands, activities, vibes and the stalls but the list is endless! Instead we going to show you some of the moments that we captured in this post and what made our 2018 Splashy a unforgettable one.

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It is all about the people at Splashy Fen

The people blew our minds and probably was our favorite part about the festival. Don’t get me wrong…. the line up of local and international Artists were incredible (after all it is a music festival). But it was definitely all about the people! People from all walks of life and ages coming together in one space, to exchange energies of love, peace, harmony and with no judgments it is quite magical. It was no surprise to me when I heard that Splashy is nick named South Africa’s friendliest festival. Splashy Fen over the years has become a community where everyone can experience the freedom of art and expression in so many forms. This is the place where you can play your musical instrument, dance with fire or poi, put flowers in your hair, belly dance, hula hoop, dress up or simply dance like no one is watching….

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We heard stories and met people from far and wide who had come from England, USA, Ukraine, Germany and Uganda to experience how we celebrate life and music in South Africa. So many bands expressed their gratitude and warm welcome to the thousands of people who crowded under the tent singing and dancing to their music. There is no other way to say it…. the people were incredible!

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Some of our favorite Splashy Fenners 2018

Rain, Mudd and Rapids …

Splashy Fen would not be Splashy if it did not rain at least once, in fact it added to the festivities, many were embracing the rain and even dancing in it.

After the rain the rapids down by the river picked up which just made it more fun for those tubing. There were some really interesting flotation devices and outfits, with everyone enjoying the river in good spirits.

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Don’t forget the Decor

The decor throughout the festival was really creative, often we felt as if we were inside an Alice in Wonderland story book. There was something bright and colorful around every corner.

Many campsites got really creative and pitched a camp flag to tag their location. Some added their own memorabilia for passing visitors to sign, others had beer funnels and others went all out with unique and colourful decor around their tents. We made our camp flag from an old guitar.

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The Market and Facilities

The market offered everything from dream catchers to eccentric clothing and everything in between. There was even a karaoke bus for those who wanted to test their talents. Security and fire personal were on guard 24/7 making sure everyone was safe. Constant announcements, well marked signs and a Splashy Fen App kept us updated throughout the weekend on the band line up and happenings. Showers and toilets have come a long way over the last 20 years and the Chill zone was ideal to sit on bean bags and charge you phones or cameras. There was early morning yoga and trail runs to prepare for the day and regular drumming experiences to test your rhythm.

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Feeding those Munchies

Everyone loved the food, there were a great variety to suit everyone’s taste. We found all the classics foods  from chips and hamburgers to beer and cold drinks. A few interesting food stalls were the Sushi options, Pizza in a cone and a Vegan Potjie. The panini’s were a personal favorite!

 

The Bands and Stages

There were four stages and a dance Boma that boomed well into the night. The main stage, River stage, Acoustic stage and Tree house stage entertained everyone for hours on end. We were really impressed with the excellent selection of music and talent from local favorites and international artists.

We discovered the Pierce Brothers from Australia for the first time, which had such an amazing vibe and energy on stage. Another incredible talent and new favorite for us was local boy, Josh Wantie.

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It’s a wrap

After spending four nights at Splashy Fen we welcomed a shower, warm bed and some clean clothes but we would honestly do it all over again… and again. Splashy Fen is a well organised, safe and memorable festival suitable for people of all ages, races, shapes and sizes. The beautiful scenery, people, food and music made a unique combination for a one of a kind festival. We cant wait to see what Splashy Fen has planned for 2019!

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Splashy Fen 2018 was like no other. Situated on a farm surrounded by mountains 18km from Underberg, in the Southern Drakensberg of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This post is going to show you some of the moments that we captured that made our 2018 Splashy a unforgettable one. #spalshyfen #musicfestival #festivals Splashy Fen 2018 was like no other. Situated on a farm surrounded by mountains 18km from Underberg, in the Southern Drakensberg of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This post is going to show you some of the moments that we captured that made our 2018 Splashy a unforgettable one. #spalshyfen #musicfestival #festivals Splashy Fen 2018 was like no other. Situated on a farm surrounded by mountains 18km from Underberg, in the Southern Drakensberg of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This post is going to show you some of the moments that we captured that made our 2018 Splashy a unforgettable one. #spalshyfen #musicfestival #festivals

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Liza Williams

Born in South Africa, fascinated with culture and loves wood fire pizza. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away” Follow me on twitter: @soul_drifters

12 thoughts on “Splashy Fen Music Festival – People, Vibes & Music

  • April 29, 2018 at 5:46 am
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    How fun!!! Tubing definitely isn’t something I’d associate with a music festival but I’d totally try it. I’ve been to plenty of festivals and am always looking for new ones to attend so thanks for the recommendation!

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  • April 27, 2018 at 4:40 am
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    I had never heard about this Splashy Festival but it sure sounds fun.. and wet 🙂 I love the fact that people decorated their campsites. And it looks so colorful! Hope to see it live one day 🙂

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  • April 27, 2018 at 1:59 am
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    What a fun and funky festival! We have something similar in Florida called Okeechobeefest. I loved the fashions you shared! Definitely some very cool ones displayed. Loved the pool floats!

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  • April 27, 2018 at 12:29 am
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    The festival sounds like a blast, and I LOVE seeing all the people! Your catalog of attendees is really fun to peruse, especially with all the costumes and get-ups folks made/wore. Also, so cool that you’ve been attending this festival for so long and have gotten to watch it grow over the years! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  • April 26, 2018 at 7:08 pm
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    Great photos! They really made this post come to life 🙂 It’s been waaaay too long since I’ve been at a good festival and this has really inspired me to check out what’s on this summer and see if I can make one or two 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • April 26, 2018 at 6:57 am
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    What a great opportunity to let your hair down and have the time of your life. I had no idea that this was South Africa’s friendliest festival. Belly dance, hula hoop, wow…sounds like so much fun!

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  • April 23, 2018 at 8:27 pm
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    I haven’t actually heard of this until now but it looks like despite getting bigger and more popular that it hasn’t gotten too commercial or ‘sold out’ its original ethos, which is uncommon these days.

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  • April 23, 2018 at 10:37 am
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    This looks like such a fun place! I loved the wooden directions sign, it reminds me of my festival days! I love the favourite people too 🙂

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  • April 22, 2018 at 3:40 pm
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    Looks like so much fun! I really love your collection of people at Splashy 🙂

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  • April 22, 2018 at 1:57 pm
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    WOW! This looked amazing! So colourful and loved all the photos of the people and their outfits. I have never heard of this festival before but would love to check it out someday <3

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  • April 18, 2018 at 3:28 pm
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    best article written about splashy by far ! looks like it was so much fun wish i could’ve been there well done Aunty and Lisa !! love you guys so much XO

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  • April 18, 2018 at 10:09 am
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    What an absolute amazing written article. Pictures are vibrant and colourful Looks like fun
    was had by all. I went in about 1990 and it certainly has changed a lot.
    Well done girls

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