It’s been going since 1990, and Easter 2015 will be the 26th year for the Splashy Fen music festival.
I have yet to learn why the music event is called Splashy Fen, though I do believe that the farm it is held on, near Underberg in the Kwa Zulu-Natal Drakensberg area, is called Splashy Fen.
The story of how Fen got started is very interesting. Husband and wife team Peter and AlmaryFerraz attended the Festival of the Flower Children in the UK in 1967, two years before Woodstock. They were inspired to bring the concept back to SA, but it took another 23 years before they were ready. Peter explains how his previous careers, including lawyer, journalist and trout farmer, could never have prepared him for the musical journey. But Peter also indicates that the musical seeds were planted long before 1967, as he has always been inspired by the music of Schubert – a gift, he says, given to him by the influence of his music teacher back in Bulawayo.
In its first year this giant music concert was held in October, and lo and behold, a bit of the Berg snow fell and made it rather chilly, so it was moved to before the winter, when temperatures in SA are still nice and balmy.
Many moons later, under the glorious Drakensberg skies, Fen is well established as a beautiful way to spend your Easter long weekend. The artist line-up is always impressive, with 2014 artists from Arno Carstens and Dan Patlansky, to Just Jinjer and Matthew Mole, to The Kiffness and Ready D.
The next festival is from 2 to 6 April 2015 and will no doubt be another musical feast for the family.Details and tickets at www.splashyfen.co.za.