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Splashy Fen Survival Guide

2008-03-11 08:47
What’s your best memory of 2007 Splashy Fen?
Chilling around the giant bonfire late at night after the bands had finished. And that guy with the megaphone who kept saying “Over”, I hope he’s there this year. Also, warming up on the homemade butternut soup, showering on the 4th day…there are so many brilliant moments.

Your impressions of the Durban crowd…
The ‘locals’ were super friendly and so stoked that Capetonians had travelled up for their festival. They were friendly enough to share their cane and mix around the bonfire and have some pretty far out conversations. They are mostly a pretty chilled bunch. Even if one of the stages got shut down for ‘intense’ moshing, I didn’t even see an ounce of blood, so I don’t know what all the fuss was about.

Splashy vs Oppikoppi?
Haven’t been to Oppikoppi, but I would imagine that Splashy is less smelly as its mostly cold and wet and it’s a very chilled vibe with beautiful scenery and no dust.

What makes Splashy different to other music fests you’ve been to?
It’s the perfect size, not too intimate, where you know everyone, so you still get to meet new people. It’s not too hot, the beer is cold and as a Cape Town local, I get to see lots of bands from Durbs and Jozi.
Is Splashy Fen as splashy as they say? Any advice on what to pack and wear to survive, fit in, be cool, be warm… what should be in a Splashy fen survival kit
One pair of wellies, if not a pair of tackies you don’t mind getting totally destroyed by mud.
A waterproof top for the trek up the hill and dashes in the middle of a downpour to the beer tent.
Lots of clean socks.
Water for brushing your teeth and taking hangover headache pills.
Your own loo paper.
A torch for finding your way down the hill at night, it’s a muddy slip and slide.
Warm gear for the evenings…if you’re in a tent alone.
Your own choice of drinks, there are only so many Springbok shooters you can stomach.
Cash, although there is an ATM the queue last year was longer than the porta loo line.
Lots of deo - you might not get to shower for 4 days!

Anything you wished I’d asked? And the answer.
If you haven’t already had one, get a local to pour you a John Deere, it’s a must for this festival.

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Mud, music, freezing cold, but a total jol, says Channel24 music fanatic Leezl K, who went along for last year’s ride. Get your galoshes and hit the road!

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