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By Sam Banda Jnr:

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINER— Major Lazer will perform on the last day

This year’s Lake of Stars Festival will have two stages’ namely; main and beach stages, the organisers have said.

Lake of Stars Festival, which is this year celebrating its 15th anniversary, will be held at Kabumba Hotel in Salima for the first time from September 28 -30 2018.

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The festivals’ Country Coordinator, Yolanda Ng’oma, said Tuesday the two stages will host different performances having already announced the full line-up.

Ng’oma said the programme this year is tilted towards creating a full festival experience for the festival goers.

“We have some of our Malawian headliners who kick-start the festival on what has been our most popular festival night in the past. We have our regional headliner on Saturday and our international headliner on Sunday. This ensures that there is amazing entertainment throughout the festival,” she said.

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Ng’oma also said they are in the planning stages for Day of Ideas.

“We also have a free community festival before the main festival. The event is for the youth and is being funded by European Union (EU),” she said.

Meanwhile, Lake of Stars Festival spokesperson, Zilanie Gondwe, has said the venue of the festival – Leopards Bay and Kabumba Hotel are a perfect setting for the festival.

“It will be an adventure as well for people, moving around and seeing new additions from both the hotel and the festival. That’s the magic, places to relax, to play and be happy,” Gondwe said.

With some quarters questioning why the organisers have put the international headliner Major Lazer on the last day, Gondwe said the 15th anniversary means their final night is on Sunday.

She also said Major Lazer Africa tour offered them a date that coincided beautifully with their anniversary night.

“We are happy tickets are selling very well and we anticipate selling out in most outlets. People may also be aware that Major Lazer is coming to Lake of Stars as part of a wider African tour taking him to in Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa and Uganda,” she said.

Gondwe said they recognise that Sunday which is the last day of the festival may not suit everyone however; they think that the opportunity to have such a global act is something to celebrate and embrace regardless of the day.

On the opening day on Friday (September 28), some of the artists set to perform are Suffix, George Kalukusha, Drew Moyo, Positive Yut, Scotland’s Michael Pedersen, Germany’s Makatumbe and Zimbabwe’s South Africa-based singer Berita.

Some people however, have deemed the lineup on the opening day very weak.

On the second day (September 29), artists set to perform include Kenya’s Sauti Sol, Fredokiss, Kim of Diamonds, Amahoro Drummers, Lusubilo Band, Zathu Band and Beating Heart.

The last day (September 30), will feature Major Lazer, Fikisa, Faith Mussa and Q Malewezi’s poetry corner.

There are also other artists across the weekend and they include Abantu Dance Group, Banou Azanta, Daughters Band Madalitso Band, Queen Fyah, Tilinanu Choir Annemarie Quinn Jacaranda Cultural Troupe and Gwirize Gulewamkulu.

The festival will cost K37,000 for the three-day for advance tickets and K32,000 for two day pass

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