First headliners announced for Malawi’s 2015 Lake of Stars Festival

Young Fathers

Scottish/Liberian/Nigerian trio Young Fathers, who won the prestigious 2014 UK Mercury Music Prize, will headline the award-winning Lake of Stars Festival in Malawi this year. One of Africa’s best festivals will take place in the stunning surroundings of Sunbird Nkopola Lodge, Mangochi, Malawi from 25 to 27 September. The event was recently rated among the world’s most beautiful festivals by and has been described by Capital Radio Malawi as ‘an eclectic fusion of the arts on the sunny shores of the warm heart of Africa.’

Alternative hip hop act, Young Fathers, just released their new album titled ‘White Men are Black Men Too’ and have recently returned from a successful tour of South Africa. Lake of Stars founder and director Will Jameson says headliners Young Fathers are one of the world’s most exciting new acts and headlining the festival’s will continue growing cultural connections between Scotland and Malawi.

Spread across three days and three stages, Lake of Stars Festival’s line up will feature a wealth of talent from Malawi, Africa and beyond. For the first time, the festival will feature a Nigerian artist, Ric Hassani, whose huge hit ‘Dance Dance Baby Dance’ can be heard blasting from every club, minibus and local radio across Malawi.   Among the Malawian artists already confirmed to perform are hip-hop favourite, Gwamba; recipient of the recent Malawi Musician’s Union award for best R n B artist, Danny Kalima; and up and coming singer-songwriter George Kalukusha.

 Ric Hassani

Applications for artists wishing to perform at the festival are now open, simply download the application form on our website’s home page and email it to by 24 April 2015.

In addition to a strong musical line up, festival goers will also enjoy a diverse selection of other entertainment, ranging from poetry, theatre, dance and art to a new interactive science display area. Free outreach activities will also take place in neighboring Chipoka Village for the local community and the festival will continue its family-friendly ethos, with children’s activities and free tickets for those aged 12 or under.


Last year’s festival saw a number of local and international brands partnering with the event.   This trend is set to continue in 2015 with support confirmed from the country’s national airline carrier, Malawian Airlines; Multichoice; Continental Outdoors and the Royal Norwegian Embassy, all of whom were involved in 2014.  A new partnership has also been established with solar energy social enterprise SunnyMoney, who will be working with Lake of Stars to illuminate parts of the festival using their solar lights.  After the festival, these will be donated to the local community in Chipoka Village.

 Gwamba promo image

Will says we’re excited to be launching this year’s festival with the backing of a number of our sponsors and partners from 2014, alongside new partners. 

“To run the event to world-class standards is a huge undertaking, and one that wouldn’t be possible without their generous support.  There are still opportunities to partner with Lake of Stars and reach our media audience of 600 million, so if any companies are interested please do get in touch.”

“Last year’s festival was our biggest and best to date, and this year we want to deliver an even better experience for all those who are involved.  We are extremely grateful for the love and support that’s shown to Lake of Stars each year by the people of Malawi and we want to continue raising the bar for live events within the country.”

Tickets for people based in Africa can be bought online from Plankton, price is equivalent to £45 for a 3 day ticket only. Tickets for people from the rest of the world can be bought online from Gigantic from £90 for a 3 day ticket only. There are local ticket prices available for Malawians, details available at For further information and announcements about Lake of Stars, visit, follow us on or

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