Splashy Fen – all the headliners

Texan punk-pop band Bowling For Soup is among this year’s Splashy Fen Music Festival headliners.

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BY BILLY SUTER

AMERICAN band Bowling for Soup, Brazilian percussion-dance act Napalma and Australian folk duo Pierce Brothers will be among acts at this year’s Splashy Fen Music Festival in Underberg – an event also scheduled to feature local hot properties such as Mango Groove, Matthew Mole, GoodLuck, Prime Circle and Ard Matthews.

The festival will be held over the traditional Easter weekend, from March 31 to April 2, on the farm of the same name.

Also in line to appear on the main stage are Rubber DUC, Perez, Josh Wantie, Desmond and the Tutus, Veranda Panda and exciting Cape Town-based band Hot Water.

Aussie folk duo Pierce Brothers.

The programme headliners were announced in Durban this week by festival event organisers, Impi Concept Events.

“In its early days, the festival genre focused heavily on folk and light folk-rock with the inclusion of black music styles, and in later years, alternative rock, and in very recent years, electro,” says festival director Stu Berry.

“Today, we are extremely excited and proud to have worked on building such a diverse line-up for 2018. We have created what we believe is our strongest main stage line-up to date, with three international performers complimented by South Africa’s top musical acts and bands.”

Texan group Bowling For Soup, formed in 1994, has released 13 punk-pop albums, the festival organisers point out.

“The Grammy-nominated band has had popular hits such as 1985, High School Never Ends and Girls All the Bad Guys Want, and promises to keep the energy alive at Splashy Fen this year with songs to sing and jump along to.”

Pierce Brothers, they add, have taken their music from busking on the streets of Melbourne to the world.

“And now Splashy Fen. Fans can look forward to an irresistible energy from twin brothers Jack and Pat Pierce, as they bring their multi-instrumentalists vibes and world-class live show to the stage.

Ard Matthews is among crowd-pullers headed for the hills.

“Napalma is the musical inspiration born out of a fusion between Brazilian and African culture and music. Created in 2004 during a carnival in Brazil, the act has been touring and performing around the globe for 13 years. This year, they make a stop in Underberg, to thrill fans with their powerful electronic dance grooves, percussion and rhythms.”

Splashy Fen tickets are available by visiting www.splashyfen.co.za.

 


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