Stars shine through the sandstorm

It was the most magical and exciting weekend as Lake of Stars returned to Malawi for its 15th anniversary event, smashing all the previous festival records and delivering a 3 day extravaganza that left festival goers in awe.

Despite a few challenges including high winds and sandstorms, Lake of Stars festival shone brightly proving its worth as Malawi’s leading festival.

From Jazz to Christian hip-hop, afro-pop, a diverse and electric selection of world class and emerging musical names graced the three performance areas at Kabumba Hotel which was the festivals home for 2018.

Over 60 acts took to the stages, with homegrown talent from Malawi impressing over a 5000 capacity crowd as much as the international artists that came through for the festival.

Friday night headliner Suffix silenced any critics that questioned his right to be given such a prominent slot with an inspired performance that got the large crowd in frenzy, whipped up by an appearance of Zambian Mags44.

Regional headliner act Sauti Sol pulled all the stops out to deliver a Saturday night show that lived up to the hype and more, from the offset,their charm ,swagger and stage presence was matched only by the quality of their music with the crowd singing along to every song.

Sunday’s international headliner Major Lazer Sound System had had a huge weight of expectations to live up to, and despite performing in the worst weather conditions the festival has ever seen, they delivered a performance that will go down in the Lake of Stars history annals.

Speaking after the festival, Director of the festival in Malawi Will Jameson said it had been an incredible three days , to witness thousands of people come together from Malawi and all over the world to celebrate as one on the beautiful shores of Lake Malawi.

“I would like to say thank to everyone that came along to the festival, to the team and volunteers who worked so hard to make it happen and of course our sponsors,” said Jameson.

Lake of Stars Festival is an annual three-day international festival held on the shores of Lake Malawi.

The first festival took place in 2004 and attracts over 4,000 attendees with musical acts and culture from international, regional and local artists, plus poetry, drama, dance, beach games, kid’s activities and much more drawn mainly from Africa and Europe.

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