Thursday, April 8, 2010

Splashy Fen 2010

We spent 5 days in the Natal midlands at Spalshy Fen, South Africa's longest running annual music festival. My son's band The Motherboards were first up - Thursday night.There are 4 band members,  all 17 years old ( he's the drummer)All the top bands are invited to play at Splashy Fen. The Motherboards won the battle of the bands Natal schools competition, one of their prizes was a spot on the main stage at Splashy. daughter arrived from cape Town - not wanting to miss her brother playing at " Splashy ".We had to take 2 cars, that's how much gear we packed ( everything even the kitchen sink just about ) Its a 3 hour drive from Durban and we arrived at Midday , enough time to pitch our tent and settle in and Matthew to do  his sound check.We had perfect weather the entire weekend, Ive gotten so brown yay ! The evenings were cold - we had to pack summer and winter clothing , everyone wears gumboots (wellies) because we are in the bush and should it rain like it usually does at this time of year then there's mud everywhere, luckily it just drizzled but not for long. We stayed in the Eco village, they had makeshift showers and they had built a donkey so we had hot water. The toilets were terrible, portaloo's - I hope I never have to use one again. Fantastic bands, we danced a lot and drank gluhwein in the evenings to keep warm.  We had a lovely time ( 5 days ) I don't know which is worse packing or unpacking ( I think both) had tons of washing.


Pitching our tent

The Motherboards

                                         Son, Matthew the drummer




The Smiley's our neighbour's at the eco village and their son Alex, the bassist


  1. It sounds like it was a fun trip despite the conditions of the toilets. I agree that the unpacking is almost worse than the packing.

  2. Oh that looks so fun - except the camping part, my idea of camping is a 5 star hotel - so glad you had a good time and it didn't rain a lot! Congrats to your son's band!

  3. What fun ! It looks like a great adventure .