The Lake of Stars is a three-day music and arts festival held each October at the Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi on the shores of Lake Malawi.
This event features acts from Malawi and other African countries as well as from the UK.
Previous headline acts from overseas include: Basement Jaxx, Groove Armada, the Maccabees, Sway and Noisettes.
As well as being a great musical event, Lake of Stars works on a number of levels as it seeks to boost inbound travel; to promote and nurture Malawi-based talent; and to provide training for local stage managers and sound technicians.
Everyone involved in promoting and running the event is a volunteer, including the sound technicians. The local acts are paid a performance fee, but bands coming from outside give their time for nothing.
This is a European-standard event employing the latest and best sound systems available. These are donated from the UK.
Fans attending the festivals can either camp or book a room at the lodge or nearby. About 35 per cent of the fans come from overseas and the event is promoted in Kenya, the United States, Germany and the UK.