Easter, as it does every year – snuck up on us, bowling everyone over with its splurge of public holidays and a cesation of deadlines and productivity.
Our April schedule had been manic and with our second appearance at South Africa’s most established Music Festival, we were struggling to find time to fit everything in… production meetings, rehearsals, equipment overhauls, booking flights and sourcing rental cars in Durban on the long Easter Weekend (which let me tell you, is about as difficult as getting a rich man through the eye of a needle)
Friday night found us raising the roof at Cape Town’s Knoxville – quite literally as one friend of ours put it; “I like your music but I don’t like it when the building shakes!” so with our ears ringing we kicked off Easter Weekend with a bang. I mentioned before the difficulty of finding a car to rent – difficulty assumes there was a positive outcome… there wasn’t. Not a single car was to be found across all the rental companies in Durban, not even a rickshaw.
As Luck would have it (hahaha) SMG Durban and our long standing friend Peter Calley – who handles Mini in KZN came to our rescue with a stunning Mini Clubman – which if you know cars; is the larger version of the Cooper. A tight squeeze fitting 4 people (we had our engineer in tow), and all our equipment into the car for the 2 and a half hour journey to the Underberg. It’s a testament to the design how much you can squash into a Mini!
Arriving at dusk to a jam-packed tent city, we negotiated our way along the rutted dirt road to the Grant Erskine Stage. Capacity; 10 000.
Bitterly cold and travel weary we sought shelter in the band backstage area and managed to bump into Vusi Mahlesela who we were sharing the stage with – such an awesome, humble man who makes the most incredible music! Quite an honour!
Having touched base with Festival founder and organiser Pedro Carlo, we treked back to our log cabin over looking the “Fen” to relax around a roaring log fire and wait for midnight.
Walking onto stage having just watched BOO! (Awesome band ft Chris Chameleon) was a goose-bump moment for all of us… Splashy Fen welcomed us with open arms!
Check out this video of London Sixteen66 (Wes Clarke Remix):