Time to hangout with Hangout Fest
Hangout Festival is pretty new in the arena of festivals in the country having started last year.
But the festival is determined to do more through offering, entertainment is concerned in the country as it returns for its second edition today through to Sunday at Sunbird Livingstonia in Salima District.
Last year the festival started on a slow note and attracted low patronage but it was a testing phase for the organiser and this year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, they are determined to raise the bar this year.
One of the members of the organising team Wachipeta Mkandawire, said yesterday all was set for the festival.
“We are ready and that is what people have to know, we are looking forward to giving them the best in terms of entertainment. All the artists on the line-up are ready and we have made all the agreements,” Mkandawire said.
He said with Covid-19 pandemic cases going down, they thought of coming out and give people a treat.
“We will follow all the necessary precautionary measures. We just didn’t want to postpone it. The support we received last year was amazing and this year we are continuing from where we left off last year,” Mkandawire said.
South African artist Mr Brown is set to star at the festival and share the stage with local acts such as Symon and Kendall, Dan Muyaya, King Chambieco, Janta, Lulu, Anthony Makondetsa, Beanca, Dev Mak, DJs Reubie, Flame and Tawa.
Some quarters, however, have complained about the gender composition of the artists as the line-up is dominated by male artists.
But Mkandawire said they could have reached out to more female artists but due to inadequate time, they failed to do so.
Mkandawire also said that they have hired enough security for the safety of people coming to the festival.
“We will try as much as possible that people stay safe and so we encourage people to put on masks. We will make sure that people sanitise,” he said.
People are expected to pay K10,000 for the three days for advance tickets whereas at the door it will be K15,000.
“Things are tough now with the pandemic and so, we made sure we put up a fee that is affordable,” Mkandawire said.
Symon Kamlaka of the Symon and Kendall, said yesterday they were ready to give people the best.
“We are just waiting for the day. People should come and let us hangout. We need this breather,” Kamlaka said adding that they will be performing tomorrow.
Black Missionaries, who last weekend returned on stage also said they were ready.
Mr Brown is also set to perform tomorrow