The Lake of Stars Festival is finally here and starts Friday through to Sunday at Chintheche Inn in Nkhata Bay.
The three-day festival is taking place at its original home where it started in 2004 before it moved to Sunbird Livingstonia in Salima in 2008 and then Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi in 2009.
Unlike at Sunbird Nkopola where the festival was having three stages, at Chintheche Inn, the festival will have two stages namely the Airtel beach stage and A4Y main stage.
Lake of Stars Festival Founder, Will Jameson, said all was set for the festival and that they were anticipating around 3,000 people to attend.
“The site is beautiful, the line-up is confirmed and all is set for the three-day festival. All we ask is that Chintheche Inn is very far for those coming from Lilongwe and Blantyre, so people need to drive safely,” Jameson said.
With the country setting September as tourism month, Lake of Stars Festival is one of the key platforms the government is utilising to help attract tourists in the country.
Jameson said this year they have artists coming from 15 different nationalities.
He said the festival will also play a crucial role in promoting the Northern region.
Some quarters have since watered down the line-up at this year’s festival saying it is not that strong but others have the view that it is a line-up that has new faces of artists and that the organisers have done well to run away from the usual names.
Jameson said the festival will this year feature over 60 acts with 300 individual performances.
South Africa’s renowned group Freshlyground returns to Lake of Stars Festival once again.
The group first performed at the Lake of Stars Festival in 2011 at Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi.
Apart from Freshlyground which is famed for songs such as Waka Waka, Doo Be Doo, and Pot Belly, other artists performing at the festival include Zambia’s Roberto, Germany’s Timo Maas, Ethel Kamwendo Banda, Faith Mussa, Patience Namadingo, Piksy, Sonye, Theo Thomson, Wailing Brothers featuring Arnold & Moda Fumulani and Toza Matafale, Amahoro Drummers, Lusubilo Band, Malipenga Dancers, Mapatenala and Paka Town Band.
“It’s a diverse festival, which will have musicians, poets, dancers and we have new elements such as yoga on the beach and dance class,” Jameson said.
Mussa, the star behind Desperate and Mdidi hits said recently that he was ready for the festival which will give him a chance to perform to a bigger audience but also give him time to network with different artists.
The festival was expected to warm up with a free concert for children on Thursday.
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