Founded in 2003, with its first ever festival hosted in 2004, Lake of Stars has won numerous accolades and achieved milestones, during its 20 year journey. As the leading international festival in Malawi, Lake of Stars also provides local artists with a unique platform to showcase their art to a global audience, as well as attracting high profile names to perform from across the world, often for the first time in Africa. Previous international performers include Andy Cato (Groove Armada), Beverley Knight, Bombay Bicycle Club, Christian Tiger School, Felix B (Basement Jaxx), Foals, Freshlyground, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, John Wizards, The Maccabees, Mafikizolo, Major Lazer, Mary Anne Hobbs, Mokoomba, Moonchild Sanelly, Nick Mulvey, The Noisettes, Oliver Mtukudzi, Reason, Ric Hassani, Sauti Sol, Seth Lakeman, Sway, Toya Delazy, Uhuru, YADi, DJ Yoda, Young Fathers, Zone Fam, and many more. 

Alongside the flagship festival, the Lake of Stars Project has produced a number of other cultural events including the Children’s Future Festival, Lilongwe Shorts film festival, Euro Film Festival and Island in the Sky festival in Malawi, and UK editions of Lake of Stars in London and Glasgow in the UK. 


Lake of Stars Reactivated 2024.

Lake of Stars announced its return to the shores of Lake Malawi, to celebrate its 20th year anniversary and commemorate 60 years Malawian Independence, from 6th to 8th September, 2024, at the eco-lodge, Fish Eagle Bay Lodge, Sani Beach, Nkhotakota District, central lakeshore area. 


No mud, no rain, no queues – the Lake of Stars festival is a music extravaganza with a difference.

The Guardian

…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

Wanderlust Magazine

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... a paradise awaits when you arrive

Virtual Festivals

A three-day event that unites both mainstream and niche Malawian acts with some of the most exciting contemporary African musicians around.

The Mail & Guardian

One of Africa’s most respected music festivals


The ability of this festival to inspire the young people who attend is pretty special

Vice Magazine