It’s incredible that South Africa’s friendliest festival has already been around for 30 years!
This makes Splashy Fen one of the country’s oldest running festivals. Organised under superb management, the event does a fantastic job in bringing festival goers amazing acts and electrifying experiences to look forward to each year.
We are adding to the anticipation with this list of 30 must-do’s at Splashy this year! How many will you be able to tick off?
#1. Sing Along to ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ Yet again, Splashy has brought us an unbelievable headline act. Catch Wheatus at the main stage and sing along to one of the greatest teen anthems of all time!
#2. Create a Campsite Flag and Win For the last few years, Splashy has been giving away beer for a year to the most exciting campsite flag design. This year’s prize may be a little different- so get your creative side flowing, but be warned- there is some stiff competition!
#3 Float Down the River-Grab your floaties, friends and flippers. There’s nothing better than floating down the winding Splashy Fen River, with its gentle rapids, as you listen to the tunes supplied by the River Stage.
#4 Wake Up to Marley Coffee When waking upafter a long night, there’s nothing quite like a coffee made by the talented baristas at Marley coffee.
#5 Watch the Flow Arts Performers The famed Splashy fire dancers and LED performers do their thing every night from around 8.30pm at the fire circle. Their energy is truly tangible, and it’s an experience not to be missed!
#6 Enter the Splashion Show If you happen to come up with the most creative outfit and wear it with absolute style, you may find yourself as the winner of the yearly Splashion Show. The grand prize is a trip to the Seychelles!
#7 Chill Out at The Tree House Stage The Tree House Stage is an amazing new addition to the festival. Filled with art installations and loads of chill spots, there’s no better place to make new friends.
#8 Find Your Zen at Morning Yoga Every morning Splashy Fenners can enjoy a free yoga class! While it may be difficult to wake up early after a big night, everyone should try and attend at least once.
#9 Support Local Talent Splashy provides dozens of proudly South African acts. Shortstraw, GOODLUCK and Jeremy Loops are just some of the big South African names that have already been announced.
#10 Experience True Legends This year Splashy brings us a stage where returning Splashy Fen legends perform and will see PJ Powers headline this year.
#11 Party Al Night at The Dance Tent Once things have quietened down at the main stage, make your way down to the Dance Tent to enjoy the talent of some epic DJs and dance the night away!
#12 Try Out the Amazing Food Stalls The food stalls at Splashy are unrivalled! From pizza cones to paninis, there should be something to satisfy anyone’s taste buds.
#13 Glamp! If you want just that extra bit of luxury, the glamping facilities will definitely impress. You’ll get a Safari tent with electricity, luxury bathroom facilities and a buffet breakfast every day.
#14 Get Your Face Painted No, it’s not just for kids. Get into the swing of things by getting your face painted by one the talented face painters at Splashy. It will definitely make for some great photographs.
#15 Don’t Miss the Graffiti Splashy embraces art in all its forms. Graffiti artists do their thing at the main stage and the Tree House stage, paying homage to the essence of Splashy.
#16. Spoil Yourself with A Steaming Hot Shower When the festival grime has gotten to you, why not spoil yourself with a guaranteed, piping-hot shower? Colin’s Hot Showers provides this service near the tepee village, and it’s the only cure for that festival filthy feeling.
#17. Support the Stall Vendors Bring along a few extra bucks to treat yourself to some of the unique goods on offer from the Splashy stall vendors. There are loads of beautiful handmade items on offer, along with official Splashy merchandise.
#18. Remember that it’s SA’s FRIENDLIEST festival Keeping this in mind, don’t be afraid to make new friends and prepare yourself to connect with some truly awesome people.
#19. Say ‘Hi’ to the Red Frogs The Red Frogs are an amazing group of volunteers that take care of festival goers, and even provide free pancakes!
#20. Hang Out at the Fire Circle Every night you’ll find a cosy bonfire crackling away near the Acoustic Stage, where there’ll be drummers and fire dancers alike. The atmosphere is amazing and is one of Splashy’s most popular nightly features.
#21. Explore The Surroundings on the Trail Run Run or walk along the Splashy trail run to experience the breath-taking beauty of the Underberg’s mountains, rivers and dams.
#22. Learn a New Skill From belly dancing to hula hooping, each day there is a workshop at the Tree House Stage, where you get given the opportunity to leave the festival with a brand new skill!
#23. Perform at the Open Mic Can you sing or rap? Or even have some poetry up your sleeve? Book a spot to perform at the open mic sessions at the Tree House stage.
#24. Join in the Daily Parade Put on a funky hat and join the funky flow arts performers as they parade around the festival grounds each day around midday.
#25. Grab a Corona at The River Stage Get yourself an ice-cold Corona as you kick back and enjoy the awesome tunes of the River Stage, which promises to come back even bigger and better this year!
#26. Catch Your Breath at the Chill Zone All festivalled out? Maybe you need to relax on one of the bean bags provided at the dedicated chill out zone before you go back at it.
#27. Meet the Mayor of Splashy With his waist length hair and curly moustache, Huck Auben is hard to miss. This funny guy hosts the Splashion show and always has a joke or anecdote to share.
#28. Relax at the ‘Secret’ Dam If you ask the right people you may find directions to the secret dam, which is just a short walk from the campsites.
#29. Stay for the Last Day Magic Don’t go hurrying off home just yet. The relaxed vibes on the last day, which doesn’t have a set schedule, are truly magical.
#30. Clean Up Your Campsite-Show your appreciation to the Splashy team, and the planet, by making sure that you leave your campsite exactly how you found it if not cleaner.
If there’s a Splashy Fen that is not to missed, it’s definitely got to be the 30th edition! The organisers still have many surprises in store and it’s sure to be an experience of a lifetime.