Behind the story of MTN Bushfire lies a soul-stirring journey, blazing with the same passion that created it.

Diane Coetzer from the international music magazine, Songlines, captures the history of MTN Bushfire and the dream that fuelled the making of House On Fire – the captivating home of the festival – as told by one of the festival’s founding directors, Jiggs Thorne.

Immerse yourself in this beautifully crafted piece and learn more about MTN Bushfire’s thrilling and eclectic mix of music, creative activism, and our call to action that informs the conscious celebration of diversity and social inclusion: #BRINGYOURFIRE.

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Songlines is the magazine that looks at the world through its music. The magazine covers music from traditional and popular to contemporary and fusion, featuring well-known artists from Tinariwen, Bellowhead, Buena Vista Social Club and Manu Chao, to the newcomers making their mark both at home and abroad.

Songlines is packed full of the latest CD reviews, artist interviews, guides to burgeoning scenes and up-and-coming stars, travel adventures, frontline reports and live music listings.

Every issue comes with a free Top of the World CD, featuring tracks from the best new album releases, as well as a five-track guest playlist. These have included selections by David Attenborough, Rufus Wainwright, Damon Albarn, Carrie Gracie, Ian Rankin, Carla Bruni and many more. There is a wealth of truly wonderful music waiting to be discovered; yet music is also about politics, history, ethnicity, the environment and so much more. Songlines is your reliable guide to it all.