MTN Bushfire Festival Artist Applications Close with over 650 Entries

The MTN Bushfire Festival has close the application period for artist applications as of midnight last night, October 31st. The application period was from August 14 to October 31 and over 650 applications from 39 countries were received. Artists from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Italy, Jamaica, UK, Zambia, Zimbabwe, United States, Trinidad and Tobago, Sweden, Spain were amongst those applying to perform on the various MTN Bushfire stages.

With various stages including the MTN Bushfire Main Stage, The Barn, Firefly Stage and the House on Fire Amphitheatre, the festival includes a diversity of music genres and cultural styles. As MTN Bushfire Festival Director Jiggs Thorne explains, “The Bushfire team is super inspired by the exciting range of artist applications that have been received for 2019. The eclectic nature of the applications reflects Bushfire’s support of diverse expression, and the team will strive to find the right blend of artistry for another explosive festival experience!’’

MTN Bushfire is more than a festival, it’s a living, breathing ecosystem deeply rooted in African soil, yet inclusive and welcoming to guests from all over the world. This uniquely African, and yet globally infused festival experience welcomes thousands in an atmosphere of tolerance and passionate commitment to music, the arts and the environment. Every year, over 26,000 attendees hailing from 60 different countries make the journey from near and far to the peaceful Malkerns Valley of eSwatini for an energizing and uplifting weekend that celebrates the music and arts of Africa and beyond.

Winner of the African Responsible Tourism Awards Best Sustainable Event Award in 2017, MTN Bushfire was also hailed in 2016 by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see” and listed by BBC as a “Top African festival.”

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