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Got major Splashy withdrawals? No worries, get your Splashy fix online

Feeling the blues because you missed out on your favourite music fest in the mountains; chin chin, because the organisers of legendary festival Splashy Fen are here for you with Lockdown LIVE with Splashy Fen!

Yip, it’s a digital version of the best sounds in the foothills of the Berg, right in your lounge, to keep you grooving this Easter weekend.

What would traditionally, say the organisers Impi Concept Events, have been the start to Splashy Fen week, sees bittersweet news.

Picture: Al Nicholl/Splashy Fen website

In light of the Covid-19 disaster, subsequent lockdown and postponement of Splashy Fen 2020 to September, they have decided to hold a three-day digital version of the event this coming Thursday the 9th, Friday the 10th and Saturday the 11th of April.

Goldfish/Facebook

Fans can enjoy online, from the comfort of their homes, a carefully curated selection of amazing LIVE music, streamed from each musician’s home or private studio – artists like Goldfish, Veranda Panda, Goodluck, Donovan Copley from Hot Water, Gary Nixon from the Kickstands, Steve Umculo, Freddy-L … and more will be performing LIVE to all Splashy Fen fans this weekend.

Yoga classes

But of there is more than just LIVE music… “find your zen with a 9am yoga class on Friday or get the blood pumping with a fitness coach on Thursday and Saturday. Learn deliciously healthy plant-based recipes, entertain the kiddies with an arts & craft session on Friday at 10am, or be entertained with LIVE comedy from East Coast Radio’s Darren Maule, Neil Green and Rory Petzer.”

Darren Maule/Facebook.

Fans can also sit back and watch a series of festival and music tributes that take a look behind the scenes, and some proudly SA content sure to bring a happy tear to your eye.

“Then comes the real heart-to-hearts as our festival director Stu Berry goes ON AIR with a number of guests; talking about Splashy Fen, why music matters and other entertaining topics. Jane Linley Thomas kicks off these ON AIR chats on Thursday at 11am. After that will be Splashy Fen’s creative director, Fuzzy van Rensburg, who will speak about about building the Splashy Fen site; Jeremy Loops, Liam Magner from Veranda Panda, Australian performers from 2019 Juzzie Smith and The Pierce Brothers, as well as the 2020 Headlining act Coleman Hell.”

The online festival is free. You can tune in via the following online link, or catch it live on the Splashy Fen website or social media pages: https://youtu.be/N2kktTQjSxU

“An upside ( of the postponement) is that even those who could not make the original festival date, get to enjoy this virtual festival over the Easter weekend, from anywhere in the country. It’s a first for Africa, and we are extremely proud,” says Berry. “What we do ask, is that if anyone is able to, we will be setting up a donation line on our social media pages for people who can make a contribution to all the performers who have little-to-no income over the lockdown period.”

Yip, you too can enjoy Lockdown LIVE or build a tent in the comfort of your own lounge. Picture: Paulo Nicolello on Unsplash.

A #splashytentchallenge will also take place over the Easter long weekend, where fans are challenged to pitch their tent in their garden, lounge, bar, bedroom… wherever they can, to enjoy a hint of what would have been at Splashy Fen in Underberg. Snap a picture or video and post it to Splashy Fen’s social media pages using the hashtag: #splashytentchallenge to stand a chance to win a share of R10 000 in prizes.

The Full Lockdown LIVE schedule:

Thursday, April 9
09h00: Fitness with Hayley
10h00: Plant Based Cooking with Moontree
11h00: ON AIR: Chats with Jane Linley Thomas
12h00: ON AIR: Chats with Juzzie Smith
13h00: LIVE: Marc Weinstein (4am)
14h00: ECR: Comedy with Neil Green
15h00: ON AIR: Chats with Fuzzy (Creative Director)
16h30: Splashy 2017 Aftermovie
17h00: LIVE: Donovan Copley (Hot Water Duo)
18h30: LIVE: Gary Nixon
19h30: Proudly South African: The Springboks
19h45: South African National Anthem
20h00: LIVE: Veranda Panda
21h15: LIVE: Goldfish

Friday, April 10
09h00: Yoga with Kaz
10h00: Happy Hearts Kids Art Club
11h00: ON AIR: Chats with Griekse Boertjie
12h00: ON AIR: Chats with Jeremy Loops
13h00: LIVE: Roachy and the Rock Coaches
14h00: ECR: Comedy with Darren Maule
15h00: LIVE: Juzzie Smith
16h30: Splashy 2018 Aftermovie
17h00: LIVE: James Deacon
18h30: LIVE: Steve Umculo
19h30: Proudly South African: I Am African
19h45: South African National Anthem
20h00: LIVE: Goodluck DJ Set

Saturday, April 11
09h00: Fitness with Hayley
10h00: Plant Based Cooking with Moontree
11h00: ON AIR: Chats with The Pierce Brothers
12h00: ON AIR: Chats with Liam Magner
13h00: LIVE: Bradley Grey Band
14h00: ECR: Comedy with Rory Petzer
15h00: ON AIR: Chats with Coleman Hell
16h30: Splashy 2019 Aftermovie
17h00: LIVE: Mbijana Sibisi
18h30: LIVE: FREDDY-L
19h30: Johnny Clegg & Ladysmith Black Mambazo Tribute
19h45: South African National Anthem
20h00: LIVE: SYZO DJ Set

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