BY SAM BANDA JNR:
Lake of Stars Festival has extended the early bird ticket deadline as part of this year’s Independence Celebrations which set for Friday.
In a press statement, the organisers say the extension has also been necessitated by popular demand.
“Music lovers have an extra week to save K10,000 on tickets which are on sale at outlets in Blantyre, Zomba, Lilongwe, Salima and Mzuzu,” reads the statement.
This year’s Lake of Stars event marks the 15th anniversary of the festival.
Ahead of the showpiece, the organisers kept up the steam starting off with a ‘Set It Off ’ show in Zomba in January which featured female acts before hosting Lake of Stars London and Scotland in March.
The venue for this year is Kabumba Hotel in Salima from September 28 -30.
Some of the acts set to perform at this year’s festival include Kenya’s superstars Sauti Sol.
Joining Kenya’s Sauti Sol on the line-up are homegrown talent Suffix famed for the song ‘Mkazi wa Kumwamba’, KBG, Its Friday and one of the country’s leading DJ’s – DJ Bubblegum, have also been added to the menu, joining previously announced acts such as Fredokiss, George Kalukusha, Madalitso Band, Kim of Diamonds and Forus Dance Crew.
From the UK, a duo of poets Michael Pedersen and Hollie McNish, will give their first Malawi performance, along with DJ Ste Chester from Audio Farm and Germany’s Makatumbe.
Makatumbe, which two weeks ago collaborated with Patience Namadingo and Princess Chitsulo during a show in Hannover, said they are excited to perform in Malawi for the first time.
Apart from performing at the Lake of Stars Festival, the group will also feature at Blantyre Arts Festival in October.
Organisers of the festival whose founder is Will Jameson have since indicated that more artists will be accommodated
The festival returns this year after a one-year break.
The organisers have also said official festival camping is now available to book on-site at the festival at $12 per person per night.
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