Winner of the African Best Responsible Event Award in 2017, hailed by CNN as one of the ‘seven African music festivals you really have to see’, and listed by BBC as a ‘Top African Festival’, MTN Bushfire can now add a new accolade to this list, recently named as one of the Top 30 international festivals on the EVERFEST FEST300 list. This top festival takes place from 25 to 27 May 2018.
MTN Bushfire has announced an artist line-up that reflects the Festival’s identity as a uniquely African, and yet globally infused festival experience. Many of these artists will also tour the region as part of the innovative IGODA Southern African Festival Circuit that includes with Azgo Festival (Maputo, Mozambique), Bassline Africa Day (Johannesburg, South Africa), MTN Bushfire (Malkerns, Swaziland), Zakifo Festival (Durban, South Africa) and Sakifo Festival (Saint-Pierre, Reunion Island).
The line-up includes Manu Sija (Argentina), Flavia Coelho (Brazil), Elida Almeida (Cape Verde), Dub Inc (France), Sekou Kouyate (Guinea), Oki Dub Ainu Band (Japan), Salif Keita (Mali), Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Alice Phoebe Lou (South Africa), Ladysmith Black Mambazo (South Africa), Samthing Soweto (South Africa), Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse (South Africa), Tlale Nakhane Toure, (South Africa), Nonku Phiri (South Africa), Makhene (Swaziland), and Mario Batkovic (Switzerland), among others.
The MTN Bushfire main stage consistently plays host to some of Africa (and the world’s) top artists, featuring well-known and loved favourites, as well as introducing crowds to international artists of the highest calibre.
With additional stages including the House on Fire Amphitheatre and The Barn, DJ focused dance floors and a range of other activities, MTN Bushfire caters for a diverse and eclectic audience of over 29 000 annually.
More than a music festival, MTN Bushfire is a holistic experience made up of a rich texture of arts, cultures, crafts, food markets, and specialised zones that combine to create an explosive three-day event and a memorable take-home experience.
This year MTN Bushfire is also excited to announce a host of new developments and experiences for guests in attendance.
New for MTN Bushfire 2018, the #BringYourFire Zone is expanding into a fully interactive space devoted to specialised activities where all guests can share their own #BRINGYOURFIRE experiences. The Zone embodies the Bring Your Fire mandate and encourages people, personally and collectively, to commit to social change based on specific themes for 2018. These themes include education, sexual health, inclusivity with a focus on LGBTQ rights, environmental sustainability, rural development, and youth care and development.
This year, MTN Bushfire will be partnering with no less than eight organisations devoted to the promotion of social responsibility. All of these organisations, including Khula Tree Planting, Conservation Music, Young Heroes, STEM, BOMAKE Rural Projects and others will be activating in the space, fostering discussions and igniting social change.
In order to alleviate the major traffic and border-related issues, MTN Bushfire is excited to welcome campers on-site from Thursday 24 May. MTN Bushfire 2018 camping will open on Thursday, for campers only, from noon. Campers will have access to Malandela’s restaurant in the festival area. Main gates for general festival goers will open at 16:00 on Friday 25 May.
There are also a host of new and exciting VIP and glamping camping options, all of which can be booked via the MTN Bushfire website.
In another exciting innovation, this year MTN Bushfire will become a cashless environment. Following on the latest trends in payment systems, guests will be able to create an online account before getting to the Festival. They will then receive an armband linked to their ticket that enables tap-and-go payments at bars and food vendors on site. Throughout the weekend guests can top-up online or at various top-up stations. This exciting new development will ensure less time in queues and more time taking in the MTN Bushfire experience.
Tickets are on sale NOW for MTN Bushfire as well as various travel and accommodation options. Festival guests are strongly encouraged to book early as tickets for the Festival sell out well in advance of the weekend and many accommodation options are also booked well in advance.
There is a variety of ticket and accommodation (camping and glamping) options, as well as special VIP and family-friendly packages.
For more information www.bush-fire.com and www.facebook.com/MTNBUSHFIRE/