vinspired Lake of Stars Festival 2009 - News Flash
Venue Announced: Sunbird Nkopola, Mangochi, Malawi
The location for this year's vinspired Lake of Stars Festival Malawi has just been announced.
Taking place for the first time at the stunning Sunbird Nkopola Lodge at the southern end of Lake Malawi, this new venue represents an ideal point between Lilongwe and Blantyre, the two major cities in Malawi. Nestling amongst a huge swathe of other accommodation options, Sunbird Nkopola Lodge itself has a wide selection of rooms and camping facilities and is widely regarded as one of the best destinations in all of Malawi. The on-site accommodation is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and looks over the mesmerising waters of the great lake, with many of Malawi's beautiful locations within half a day's drive, including Mount Mulanje, Liwonde National Park and the Zomba Plateau.
For further info go to: www.sunbirdmalawi.com
vinspired Lake of Stars enters its sixth year on Thursday 15th - Sunday 18th October and is again set to be one of the most talked about festivals on the global music scene. As a festival, it truly offers something different for those looking to expand their horizons and to experience somewhere new in the world - music, adventure and a true cultural and aural odyssey combine in a journey which everyone returns from with a fresh perspective on life. With the festival season at saturation point and all offering much of the same, vinspired Lake of Stars' ambition and ethos continues to shine through, garnering the respect of all whom perform and attend.
In 2009 vinspired Lake of Stars is being supported by v, The National Young Volunteers Service together we are working towards recruiting volunteers to take part in the UK-based music events happening in the summer and later in the autumn. This is the first time vinspired Lake of Stars is calling upon the UK's diverse background of young people between the ages of 16-25. Please go to the website for more info: www.vinspired.com
So far, this year's lineup is looking like:
Joe Goddard (Hot Chip)
The Black Missionaries
Nihal (BBC Radio 1)
The Very Best
And many more artists and performers to be announced.
In the previous years Lake of Stars has attracted a broad range of talent. Everyone from British DJs including Groove Armada's Andy Cato, Radio 1's Annie Mac and Basement Jaxx's Felix B, through to inspired live and acoustic sessions from Seth Lakeman in 2008 and Radioclit's and Esau's project The Very Best, complimented by other stars of the electronic scene and DJs and artists from all of the Western hemisphere.
Part of the true magic of vinspired Lake of Stars is the incredible sonic displays from Malawian, regional and other African artists. Not least with astonishing ranges of aural creation, from solo singers and musicians to fully-blown bands and collectives who wow the crowds every year. From Lucius Banda and Wambali to the Black Missionaries and Goldfish, over to Yewande, Tiwonge and The Swahili Hiphop Foundation,
The four day festival promotes Malawian artists and provides travellers and locals alike with the opportunity to enjoy fantastic live music in an exotic and beautiful location whilst directly contributing to the country's economy. For many the festival is the focal point of travelling around this beautiful part of Africa, forming part of an itinerary spanning across what Malawi has to offer. This is an experience for those ready for a real adventure; an event that brings together music-lovers from all over the world to one of the most stunning locations imaginable - from dusty towns and isolated rural villages to the majestic peaks of Mount Mulanje, over to the stunning Lake Malawi itself, shimmering in the evening sunlight, and vast rolling landscapes of raw and untouched beauty.