MTN Bushfire’s variety of exciting stages showcase the dynamic and diverse talent from Africa and around the globe that the festival is known for. From the legendary outdoor Main Stage to the intimate heart of the festival in the House On Fire Amphitheatre and the explosive electronic dance energy of the Ballantine’s Firefly Stage, immerse yourself in all that the MTN Bushfire experience has to offer.
The MTN Bushfire Main Stage showcases the biggest international and African artists to a pulsating crowd of thousands. The Main Stage opens out onto sprawling lawns and pristine farmland with the breath-taking Mdzimba mountains rising in the background. Noted as the best music festival destination for a fantasy vacation by MTV Iggy/The Future of Music, this stage showcases an amazing balance of traditional and contemporary as well as collaborations from a broad range of countries and genres.
The House on Fire Amphitheatre is an awe-inspiring performance area with a distinctly unique flavour at its core. A sunken ‘Afro-Shakespearean Globe Theatre’ that houses a range of thought-provoking entertainment, including music, poetry, theatre and dance, it provides a more intimate setting for artists and audience.
Ballantine's FireFly Stage
The hotly anticipated Ballantine’s Firefly stage is an explosive, engaging and high-energy space to dance the weekend away. A melting pot of diverse talent, both local and international, showcase their skills and bring you the very best that Electronic, House and Amapiano have to offer. The top three selected in the The MTN Bushfire Firefly competition – a selection competition for the “Young. Gifted. Free.”in Eswatini – win spots to perform here.
Scattered around the festival are a variety of Zones offering inclusive experiences, amazing food, must-have market items, and fun for children, as well as the chance to Bring Your Fire and make a contribution towards positive social and environmental change.
Trader applications are now open!
The MTN Bushfire festival invites traders to apply for trading and marketing activation opportunities for the 2023 edition. Trading applications for the festival’s Global Food Village, Barn Marketplace and KidZone can be submitted online. Opportunities for experiential services and in-festival marketing activations are also available.
MTN Bushfire will take place at House On Fire, in the scenic Malkerns valley, from 26th-28th May, 2023.
The festival is a family-friendly event, so let your young Fire Starters run free in this secure adventurous space filled with stimulating and fun-filled activities ranging from storytelling, sculpting and music workshops to high-energy lawn games. Each year, the festival works with a special theme for the KidZone that inspires creativity, engagement and skills development for young people of all ages, overseen by experienced, vetted child-care workers. NB: Kidzone Trader Applications are now open!