Lake of Stars is an award winning festival that takes place in the warm heart of Africa on the palm fringed shores of the continent’s third largest lake.
The 2011 line-up featured Foals, Freshlyground, Black Missionaries, Beverley Knight, Baio, Seye Adelekanm, Q ,Malewezi, Lake of Stars MCs, Goldierocks, Leonard Eto Gemma Cairney, Almost Professionals
The 2012 event has been cancelled, with Director and founder Will Jameson explaining in a recent interview with NME that "Lake of Stars has always been about much more than just an annual festival. It's a year-round project to promote arts, travel and development, but staging the festival consumes all of our small team’s time and resources making it difficult to focus on our other goals."
He also added "After eight years of the festival, we have decided to take stock of our experiences in putting the festival together, and spend some time supporting local initiatives in Malawi. We also want to take time this year to incorporate the feedback from Malawians and international festival goers, artists and sponsors to help us build a bigger and better event in 2013"
Location and travel
The festival takes place on the palm fringed shores of Lake Malawi, at the Sunbird Nkopola Lodge, Mangochi, Malawi.
You do not need a VISA if you hold a UK passport.
Travelling to Lake of Stars Festival:
The nearest airport to Mangochi is in Lilongwe and Blantyre– both approximately 4 hours away.
Lilongwe airport has regular flight connections to regional areas, Europe and further afield.
Blantyre airport also has regional flights, VentureCo offer a range of excellent flight, transfer, ticket and accommodation deals.
Malawi is accessible via driving as the country shares boarders with Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique.
But if don't wish to drive, there are buses from various locations around Africa that can take you to Malawi.
Camping and Getting around
There is no camping at the festival.
Music stages and other entertainment
As well as watching all the acts/bands on the Palm Beach, Malawi has so much more to offer whilst you are at the festival.
Things to do include - safari, diving, trekking, climbing, sailing, partying and the list goes on.
Food and drink
There are numerous food stalls offering a variety of foods from beef stew with Nsima (the staple food of Malawi), to chicken and fish curries.
To drink and if you're brave enough, there is the local drink Chibuku – a maize/porridge-like beer that comes in a milk carton and is a cheap and effect intoxicant.
History and facts
Will Jameson set up the festival back in 2004 to encourage international tourism to Malawi. Lake of Stars takes inspiration from events like Live Aid, WOMAD and Glastonbury. The festival was borne from a desire to raise money for a developing economy, help promote Malawi as a tourist destination and expose Malawian artists to international crowds.