One of the performances at MTN Bushfire 2017. Photo: Bram Lammers
The MTN Bushfire, one of Africa's premium festivals will be drawing in music lovers from all over the continent and the world from May 25 to 27 2018, at Ezulwini, Swaziland. 

At an intimate launch on Tuesday evening, the festival's organisers also announced that there would be some changes including a cashless payment system for all those looking to attend the event, called Howler. Festival goers will load money onto their cards at specific points, and swipe their way through the festival.

Annually, MTN Bushfire attracts a diverse and eclectic audience of over 29,000, that are entertained by the 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, the main stage will play host to some of Africa (and the world’s) top artists, featuring well-known and loved favorites, as well as introducing crowds to international artists of the highest calibre.

The event was recently announced 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. 

The festival's recently announced artist line-up 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 MTN Bushfire main stage consistently plays host to some of Africa (and the world’s) top artists, featuring well-known and loved favorites, as well as introducing crowds to international artists of the highest calibre.

This year's lineup includes: Tlale Makhene (Swaziland), Timbila Muzimba (Mozambique), The Grammers (Finland), Sibusile Xaba (South Africa), Samthing Soweto (South Africa),  Rebirth of Cool (South Africa),  Oki Dub Ainu Band (Japan), Nonku Phiri (South Africa), Nathalie Natiembé.  (Reunion Island),  Nakhane Touré  (South Africa) and  Dub Inc (France) to name a few. 

Tickets are now on sale  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. 


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