Organisers of Sand Music Festival, which is set to be held at Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi District this year, said Tuesday that they have released prices for tickets of people to start planning.
People will be paying K30,000 for early bird and K35,000 for regular.
Lead Coordinator Nkhwachi Mhango said they have always done that with all their festivals saying their aim is to give people a festival experience and not tie everything to artists.
“People need to come and experience the beauty of Sand Music Festival and not attach it to artists. What we have as a festival is a package that has several activities and that includes music and so we sell the brand which is Sand Music Festival and not selling artists,” Mhango said.
He said the announcement of the ticket prices will now give a chance to people to start planning ahead of the festival taking place from October 1 to 3 2021.
“Again when we announce the prices, what follows is the release of names of artists performing at the festival. We should be announcing some of the artists on the line-up next week,” Mhango said.
With the country experiencing a rise in Covid cases now, Mhango said they are monitoring the situation.
“We are optimistic that come October the situation will be normal. We are praying for the best but for now we will keep monitoring and we are making plans on how to make progress in case we have a rise in cases during the festival,” Mhango said.
Sand Music Festival goes to Mangochi District, a place where it held its first event at Zitherepano.
The festival was born out of frustrations from local acts. Local acts alleged that Lake of Stars Festival was giving international acts hefty packages, with locals getting peanuts.
Mhango said they have moved to Sunbird Nkopola because Sunbird Livingstonia in Salima, which has been their usual hub, is undergoing construction works.
“On the dates, we have changed to early October because of weather issues. We have been affected over the years and we thought we should change,” he said.
International acts like Tanzania’s Diamond and South Africa’s Master KG headlined Sand Music Festival last year which was disrupted by heavy rains.
The festival has over the years kept on changing its dates and, at one-time in 2019, clashed with Tumaini Festival which is held in November.