It’s incredible what can go on outside your doorstep that you know nothing about. For example did you know that this Easter holiday sees the second year of the only 3 day/night music festival in Zambia? The Siavonga Music Festival? t’s a long weekend hosted on the sandy shores of Lake Kariba in Eagles Rest Resort and Lake Safari Lodge, Siavonga. Only two hours drive on brand new tar roads, and you will find yourself arriving in Zambia’s answer to the French Riviera, Zanzibar and now "Glastonbury"...yes, who’d have thought?! A proper music festival in Zambia!?
For love of the nation, and the vast musical talent
The festival is the brain child of brother and sister team Alec and Stacey Cole who run the lively bar in Roma, Bongwe Barn. Both grew up here in Zambia have great love for this wonderful nation and having fallen into the music scene with their Lusaka bar, they wanted to create something that would offer a clear platform from which to see the vast musical talents that are within this country
The event is spread between Eagles Rest and Lake Safari Lodge over the 3 days. With pre-sale tickets at the very reasonable rate of just K50 you will be able to enjoy the array of live reggae acts performing during the day at Lake Safari Lodge on their helipad. Here you can relax in one of their two pools, chill at the pool side bar or just book a luxurious room (packages available) and chill on your veranda overlooking the Lake. Should you fancy mixing it up a little more, you can jump on one of the two house boats which will be cruising between the two venues, FREE OF CHARGE, and go back to Eagles Rest where we will have an awesome chilled vibes happening at their beach side acoustic stage area.
There will be live performances from 19hrs-23hrs, experience names like Maureen Lilanda, Pompi, Sir Jones, Mumba Yachi, Evicted, Zedway (featuring Cactus Agony, B-flo, Milz, Norwegian MTV award winner Admiral P), Kapiri Mposhi Top Rank Suite, Abel Chungu, Sally Nyundo, J.Bus and many more. After the live acts finish up the DJs come to the stage and here we see another array of great talents in the form of DJ Majik Zee from SA, DJ Eleftherios Mukuka, DJ Black Pepper, DJ Ben Hodgson and more. The DJs will keep you dancing till the early hours of the morning but try to remember to save some energy, you have to do it for three more days and nights!
With thanks to their main sponsors of the Siavonga Music Festival this year, Windhoek Draught and Zamtel, they also give back to the local community on the Easter Monday. As they wave goodbye to you tired festival goers they will relocate the stage and some of the artists to the Zesco football fields in the town and lay on a free concert for the community.