Festival

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Lake of Stars London is coming to Waltham Forest!  Showcasing exciting arts and culture from the UK and Africa, including a day and night of live and electronic music, theatre, film, exhibitions, family activities and more. The festival climaxes with an eclectic evening show featuring live performances and collaborations at the Art Deco Grade II listed WAH17 (Walthamstow Assembly Hall). Those who like to keep things going until late can head over to Mirth, Marvel, and Maud for an after-party hosted by Beating Heart.

Date: 10 March

Venue: Multiple venues across Walthamstow

Timings: Daytime activities 10am – 5pm. Main show 5pm – 11.30pm. Afterparty until 2am

Tickets:  Daytime programme is free entry. Evening tickets for WAH17 show are now on sale with Eventbrite. Early bird tickets – SOLD OUT. General admission £21 (+bf). On the door £25.

Join the Facebook event for updates.

Award-winning Ghanaian rapper and poet M.anifest is known for his multilingual wordplay that marries traditional African sounds with Hip Hop sensibilities. Described by the Guardian as “the foremost rapper on the continent,” M.anifest’s originality and impressive lyricism has earned him collaborations with musical giants such as Damon Albarn and Femi Kuti.

Established Glasgow indie-rock favourites Frightened Rabbit will be performing a special stripped-back set, fresh from a US and UK tour. They have released five albums, including Pedestrian Verse which reached the top 10 of the UK album chart and their last studio album, Painting Of A Panic Attack, which hit the top 20 , achieving the best critical reception of the band’s career to date.

Malawi’s Faith Mussa will be performing his unique one-man-band set up, combining loop pedals with traditional Malawian instruments. One of Malawi’s most gifted musicians, Mussa has come a long way from his roots playing hand-made gallon guitars, to international performances including the 2017 Glastonbury Festival and Scotland’s Celtic Connections.

Rising star of South Africa’s afro-folk music scene Bongeziwe Mabandla has the ability to effortlessly entwine Xhosa lyrics with traditional music and folk stylings to create something uniquely captivating. This saw him receive multiple award nominations for his debut album Umlilo and praise from the late Hugh Masekela.

Long-term Lake of Stars collaborator Sam Hall, better known as Goldierocks, is an international DJ and broadcaster with a celebrity following as long as your arm and a weekly, award-winning global new music radio show ‘The Selector’.  Legendary to those in the know, the show is broadcast in over 44 countries on FM, to over 4 million listeners a week.

LAKE OF STARS GLASGOW

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Lake of Stars Glasgow builds on the historic Scotland–Malawi connection, celebrating UK and African culture and promoting creative and trade connections between Scotland and Malawi.

Enjoy free daytime performances and browse products in our special Malawi market featuring arts and crafts, fashion, coffee & tea, chilli sauce and more from Malawi producers, followed by an exciting evening showcase of music and poetry.

Join the Facebook event for updates.

Date: 11 March

Venue: The Art School, Glasgow

Timings: Daytime event 11am – 7pm. Evening show 7pm – 11.00pm. Afterparty until 2am with Auntie Flo.

Tickets:  Daytime event will be free entry. Evening tickets are on sale with Eventbrite, priced at £16.

Line up:

  • M.anifest (Ghana)
  • Scott Hutchison (Frightened Rabbit) (Scotland)
  • Faith Mussa (Malawi)
  • Bongeziwe Mabandla (South Africa)
  • Wezi (Zambia)
  • Zathu (Malawi)
  • Auntie Flo (Scotland)
  • Michael Pedersen (Scotland)

LAKE OF STARS MALAWI FESTIVAL – the 15th Anniversary

Lake of Stars will return to the beaches of Lake Malawi 28 – 30 September 2018.  Venue will be announced end of March so please keep an eye on here and on our facebook page.  First artist announcements will be from April.

Download the full 2018 press release here.

PAST FESTIVALS

Set It Off • Zomba, 27 January 2018

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2016 Lake of Stars Festival

Check out coverage of Lake of Stars 2016 in Vice Thump and The Guardian.

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2015 Lake of Stars Festival

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2014 Lake of Stars Festival


2013 City of Stars Festival

 

LOS International Performers Collage (2014 and 2015)


International acts at Lake of Stars events have included Afrikan Boy, Andy Cato (Groove Armada), Annie Mac, Beatenburg, Beverley Knight, Bombay Bicycle Club, Christian Tiger School, Eddy Temple-Morris, Felix B (Basement Jaxx), Foals, Freshlyground, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Gilles Peterson, Goldfish, Goldierocks, Jon McClure (Reverend and the Makers), Joe Goddard (Hot Chip), John Wizards, DJ Kelechi, K’naan, The Maccabees, Mafikizolo, Mary Anne Hobbs, Mokoomba, Nick Mulvey, The Noisettes, Oliver Mtukudzi, Reason, Ric Hassani, Rob da Bank, Rodney P & Skitz, Sauti Sol, Selmor Mtukudzi, Seth Lakeman, Stanley Odd, Sway, Toya Delazy, Tumi, Uhuru, The Very Best, YADi, DJ Yoda, Young Fathers, Zeus, Zone Fam, and many more.

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