General enquiries:



Media Enquiries: Beth (international) or Zilanie (Malawi).

Festival Applications


Applications to perform at Lake of Stars Discovery are open until 30 June 2019. Musician, poet, visual artist, dancer, theatre group or something else entirely, we want to hear from you. Artists have the opportunity to perform on state-of-the-art equipment in front of international media at the festival. Please be aware that the majority of artists from outside of Malawi perform for free. If you are coming from outside of the country you will also need to cover the costs of getting yourselves to Malawi and must state clearly in your application how you will do this. There are a number of organisations that help with artist travel such as arts councils, Art Moves Africa, SAMRO, and Hivos International. We are able to offer free camping and catering on the day of performance.

Performance slots are limited so make sure your application is as complete and convincing as possible. Applications from inside and outside of Malawi are encouraged. As part of your application you are required to provide valid links to your work/performance. APPLY NOW.


Vendors are an integral part of the festival experience.  If you have an idea for an exciting stall, whether that’s supplying high quality food and drink, exceptional crafts, unique fashion or something else, apply now for a chance to engage with our onsite community of open-minded festival goers. Applications are welcome from both commercial and NGO entities.

There are only a small number of pitches available so priority will be given to interesting or limited edition products and services. Applcations close on 7 July 2019. APPLY NOW

Vendor stall by day

Sponsors & Funding Partners

Lake of Stars Discovery is a new, boutique event from the team behind the renowned Lake of Stars Festival. We’re looking for local and international partners who share our values to join us and help promote Malawian music and culture to the world. The festival offers an unrivalled opportunity to align with a well-loved and trusted brand that resonates with people across the globe, regularly attracting press coverage from the northern and southern hemisphere. In our 15 years of operating, Lake of Stars has been included on numerous best festival lists and is widely recognised as one of the leading cultural players on the African continent.  We can offer competitive packages to suit a variety of needs, from raising brand awareness, driving affinity and increasing sales to utilising the festival as a platform to raise awareness of a particular issue.

Contact to discuss local sponsorship enquiries; for international enquiries and for funding opportunities.

About the Project

Lake of Stars promotes Malawian arts and tourism through international interaction and exposure. We organise festivals on the shores of Lake Malawi and run events in Europe and across Africa.


Will Jameson set up the Lake of Stars Project in 2003 to encourage international tourism to Malawi, taking inspiration from events like WOMAD and Glastonbury.  The project uses cultural tourism to generate revenue and exposure for Malawi. The project was born from a desire to help promote Malawi as a tourist destination, support the country’s cultural sector and expose Malawian artists to an international audience.

Will first visited Malawi in 1998 when he worked in Dwangwa as a volunteer with the Wildlife Society for 6 months. On returning to England he took with him a souvenir – an empty carton of Chibuku Shake Shake beer. Whilst at university in Liverpool he started a club-night with friends named after the Malawian beer, which went on to win Best UK Club in the Mixmag Awards in 2004. It was in this same year that the first Lake of Stars Festival took place in Malawi co-produced with Harry Gibbs and Chris Badger, headlined by Andy Cato from Groove Armada.

The festival won the Malawi Tourism Award in its first year and has grown to become one of the best known African festivals on the global circuit, attracting visitors from all over the world and acting as the focal point when travelling around this beautiful country. Malawian and international artists gather on the shimmering, palm-fringed shores of Lake Malawi for a musical, social and cultural exchange in a festival location like no other. After four festivals at Chintheche Inn on the northern lakeshore, the festival moved to Salima in the central region in 2008, and then south to Mangochi in 2009. In 2013, the festival took place in the capital Lilongwe as a special City of Stars edition. Back on the lake in Mangochi in 2014 and 2015, in 2016 the festival returned to its roots in the north at Chintheche Inn and in 2018 took place at a new venue in the central region, Kabumba Hotel.

International headliners at Lake of Stars events have included Afrikan Boy, Andy Cato (Groove Armada), Annie Mac, Beverley Knight, Bongeziwe Mabandla, 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, M.anifest, The Maccabees, Mafikizolo, Major Lazer Soundsytem, 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, DJ Wildcat 74/5, Zeus, Zone Fam, and many more.

Alongside the flagship Malawi festival the Lake of Stars Project has produced a number of other cultural events  including Lake of Stars London & Glasgow festivals in the UK and the Children’s Future Festival, Lilongwe Shorts film festival and Island in the Sky festival in Malawi. Find out more about our other projects.


Lake of Stars has become much more than a musical festival, it is a celebration of artistic expression, and increasingly, a platform to launch young Malawian talent – The Mail & Guardian

One of Africa’s most respected music festivals – CNN

Top 20 Festivals in the World  The Independent

Known as ‘the warm heart of Africa’ because of the incredibly friendly and welcoming locals, combined with a rich musical history, Malawi couldn’t be a better place to hold a festival. There’s a bit of planning involved in getting to Lake Of Stars but a paradise awaits when you arrive  Virtual Festivals

…the life-affirming Lake of Stars offers a fascinating opportunity to experience the musical pulse of this inspiring country – David Taylor, The Independent

This has been a life changing experience for all us…come here for the people, come for the music, come for the famous Malawian hospitality, come here for that lake…just make sure that you come here soon – Jo Good, MTV / BBC6Music

…be ahead of the crowd and get acquainted with Malawian music in situ… great music, friendly people, and a beautiful location. Get there before everyone else does – Simon Broughton, Songlines / Wanderlust

The annual Lake of Stars festival is bringing international flair to Malawi’s palm-fringed shores – Mari McCloy, Mail & Guardian

…truly, it changed my life – Paul MacInnes, The Guardian

The tourist brochures bill Malawi as ‘the warm heart of Africa’, and for once the hype is true. Malawi’s scenery is gorgeous and varied and Malawians are extremely friendly toward travellers – Lonely Planet

In today’s saturated festival climate Lake of Stars is utterly unique.  It redefines the festival experience as we know it…there isn’t another festival like this on the planet – The Metro

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