Winner of the African Best Responsible Event Award in 2017, hailed by CNN as one of the “7 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 named on the EVERFEST FEST 300 list.
MTN Bushfire recently announced its initial artist line-up that reflects the festival’s identity as a uniquely African, and yet globally infused festival experience. Some of the first artists to be announced for MTN Bushfire 2018 taking place on 25 – 27 May include Alice Phoebe (South Africa), Dub Inc (France), Elida Almedia (Cape Varde), Flavia Coelho (Brazil), Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse (South Africa), Nathalie Natiembe (Reunion Island), Oki Dub Ainu Band (Japan), The Grammers (Finland), and Tlale Makhene (Swaziland). To see more confirmed artists and latest updates, visit: https://www.bush-fire.com/explore/lineup/.
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).
More than a music festival, MTN Bushfire is a holistic experience made up of a rich texture of arts, cultures, crafts, food markets, and specialized 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.
Bring Your Fire Zone
New for MTN Bushfire 2018, the #BringYourFire Zone is expanding into a fully interactive space devoted to specialized 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 around 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.
Camping Open from Thursday
In order to alleviate the major traffic and border-related issues, MTN Bushfire is excited to welcome campers on-site from Thursday May 24th. 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 4pm, Friday May 25th.
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.
MTN Bushfire is Cashless
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 are a variety of ticket and accommodation (camping and glamping) options, as well as special VIP and family friendly packages.