Festival

LAKE OF STARS MALAWI

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After a year’s break we’re returning to Malawi’s central region for our Lake of Stars 15th anniversary celebrations. The three day arts extravaganza will take place at the Kabumba Hotel resort, an exciting new location in Leopards Bay, Lifuwa Salima. Located at the foot of Senga Hills, the stunning new site is set on a wide expanse of rolling golden sands backed by a lush wooded hillside.

Date: September 28 – 30 2018

Venue: Kabumba Hotel resort, Salima

Tickets: Early bird tickets will be released in Malawi in April at selected outlets nationwide.  International tickets will be available to book online shortly.  More information coming soon.

Line up so far:

Frightened Rabbit (Scotland) // Michael Pedersen (Neu Reekie) // Kim of Diamonds (Malawi) // Madalitso Band (Malawi) // Forus Dance Crew (Malawi) // George Kalukusha (UK/Malawi)

Lots more artists will be announced over the coming months.

If you would like to apply to be a vendor or perform at the festival please visit our information page.

Accommodation: On site camping booking will open in April. If you’re in Malawi make a reservation by calling +265 888 337 700 / +265 999 337 700 or email info@kabumbahotel.com / reservations@kabumbahotel.com.

If you are outside Malawi then you can simply buy a camping ticket online with Plankton and Eventbrite when sales open in April.

Visit our travel page for more information about visiting Malawi.

Download the full LOS 2018 venue press release .

PAST FESTIVALS

LAKE OF STARS LONDON

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Lake of Stars London took place on Satuday March 10 in the first London Borough of Culture, 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. Download the full programme here.

The festival climaxed in a huge evening show with live performances and collaborations at the Art Deco Grade II listed Walthamstow Assembly Hall on Forest Road. Featuring M.anifest (Ghana), Frightened Rabbit (Scotland), Faith Mussa (Malawi), Bongeziwe Mabandla (South Africa), Wezi Heartsound (Zambia), Zathu (Malawi) and Goldierocks (UK).

You can watch video highlights over on our Facebook page

ARTISTS

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.

Glasgow favourites Frightened Rabbit  are celebrating 10 years since their seminal Midnight Organ Fight album. The band have released five albums, including Pedestrian Verse which reached the top 10 of the UK album chart and their last, Painting Of A Panic Attack, which hit the top 20, achieving the best critical reception of the band’s career.

Malawi’s Faith Mussa has the country’s only 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 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. His second album Mangaliso is out now.

Award-winning guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Wezi Heartsound is the undisputed queen of Afro-Soul in her home country, coming from a long line of soulful Zambian singers.

Talented young six-piece Malawi newcomers Zathu are making their debut appearance in the UK, bringing their fresh, joyful, music that beautifully marries traditional and modern sounds

Long-term Lake of Stars collaborator 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.

Alim Kamara // Ambitus Theatre // Bad Honey // Beating Heart Music // Bebop Baby disco // Biram Seck // Cowboy Flaying Saucer // Gemma Griffiths // Heather’s House of Stories // Kalima // Humphries Kantazi // Juma Harding Dimmock // Krix Panx // Lemzi // Lilongwe Shorts // Magic Box // Mbilla Arts // Passion Bel Canon // Walthamstow Rock n Roll Bookclub // Nkomba // Sans Soucis Experience // Scribble & Smudge  // Setondji Spirit // Strings Between Us // The Petebox // WAVE Choir // Wood Street Walls // Zaluso Arts

LAKE OF STARS GLASGOW

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Lake of Stars Glasgow saw free daytime performances and a special Malawi market featuring arts and crafts from Kibebe Malawi, fashion, coffee & tea from Satemwa, Nali chilli sauce and more from Malawi producers come to The Art School.

Our evening show featured live performances from M.anifest (Ghana), Scott Hutchison (Frightened Rabbit ), Faith Mussa (Malawi), Bongeziwe Mabandla (South Africa), Wezi Heartsound (Zambia), Zathu (Malawi) and Michael Pedersen (Neu! Reekie!)  followed by an after-party with Auntie Flo.

 

Daytime artists

L-Space // Kobi Onyame // Bwani Junction // Kalima // Moyenda // Davie Luhanga

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

LOS Malawian Performers Collage (2015)


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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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