Here’s all you need to know about this years MTN Bushfire Festival

22 May 2024 - 18:00
By TshisaLIVE
Thandiswa Mazwai a headliner on MTN Bushfires festival main stage
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Festival goers are in for a treat at this year's segment of MTN Bushfire weekend.

The annual event is set to take place at Malkens Valley in Eswatini, according to Red Flag Creative Consultancy.

The 2024 edition will once again provide a wide and diverse range of musical, artistic and performance-based experiences, alongside meaningful conversations, installations, and activations, across multiple stages and activation zones.

The campsite will be open for campers from 11am on Thursday. The festival grounds will be open to early campers from 4pm-10pm on Thursday May 30, so they may visit the trading stalls.

Early campers may also want to attend the Vutsa Umlilo opening ceremony, with live performance showcases from local artists, starting at 6.30pm.

The festival gates officially open for general admissions at 4pm on Friday May 31.

This year, eight exciting stages will compete for your attention! The beloved Main Stage, high-energy Ballantine’s Firefly Stage and intimate House on Fire Amphitheatre Stage will once again present the eclectic range of artists that typify the MTN Bushfire Festival.

The acoustic Bring Your Fire Stage is the place to relax or get involved while the KidZone Stage offers themed activities and entertainment. Don’t forget to check out the Heineken, Jägermeister and Corona Stages, with their own line-ups. 

The Main Stage features a host of renowned musicians, including one of South Africa’s most beloved stars, Thandiswa Mazwai, who will once again set the MTN Bushfire stage ablaze with her uplifting sociopolitical messaging and inspiring fusion of traditional Xhosa rhythms, Mbaqanga, Funk, Jazz and Reggae.

The other Main Stage artists include the pioneer/voice of ‘Swazi Soul’, Eswatini’s Bholoja and, from South Africa, Jeremy Loops, Makhadzi as well as the Grammy-nominated enigmatic ‘spirit of African Soul’, Musa Keys, among many fine acts.