London Lite Monday, 21 September 2009 37London Lite Monday, 21 September 2009 37 3 best Africa festies Party with the Stars JointhegrowingnumbersofBritstravellingtoMalawiforitsannualfestival BY JANE MULKERRINS No wellies needed: party on the shores of Lake Malawi WHATSGOINGON? YOU can forget your wellies and your mac -- the Lake of Stars Festival, held on the shores of Lake Malawi, is about as far from a soggy field and a dog- burger as you can get. The line-up features African singers, musicians and collectives, and an ever- growing band of Brits taking part; this year The Maccabees, SWAY, Hot Chips Joe Goddard, Tayo, Ross Allen and more will perform on one of the most scenic stages in the world. Theyre lugging over a FunktionOne sound system and tickets are just 60. BEDDOWN TREAT yourself to a stay at festival hotel the Sunbird Nkopola Lodge, with its lush gardens and swimming pool. Rooms from 60 a night. On a budget? The Lodge has a camp- ing ground a kilometre away. Plenty of other accommodation options are suggested on the festival website. OFFSITE WHEN your legs are weary from dancing, mosey off site and visit the local crocodile farm or the hippo pools for the afternoon, or set sail for some of the nearby islands. It seems mad to go all that way and not venture further afield to spot some lions, leopards and elephants, so combine your trip with a safari in Malawi or Kenya. World Expeditions ( and Lets Go Travel ( have a range of trips to suit all budgets. GETINVOLVED THIS year the vinspired Lake of Stars is sponsored by v, The National Young Volunteers Service (, and an army of volunteers has helped to raise money to fund the festival. It is recruiting volun- teers aged 16-25 to take par t in UK-based music events later in the autumn. GETTINGTHERE BOOK with Kenya Airways, which has a flight sale until 30 September, offer- ing return flights to the festival for 416 (a 200 saving on the usual fare). Call Kenya Airways on 020 8283 1818, quoting Lake of Stars. MOREDETAILS We tell you where to and when... Malawi 1Festival in the Desert, MaliArtists from all over the world,desert dancing and camel rides,two hours from Timbuktu7-9 January, 2010 ( 2Splashy Fen, near Durban A family focused affair, with every genre from folk to electro, 1-5 April, 2010 ( 3Woodstock, Johannesburg South Africas biggest youth music festie, with bands and DJs, 27-30 November ( index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html