Organisers of the Hangout Festival have shifted the event to November 5 to 7 due to a clash in dates with two other similar events.
Initially, the event was scheduled for October 29 to 31, but Lilongwe Arts Festival and Sound and Light festival will take place on the same weekend.
In an interview, curator of the festival Levi Msakambewa said the decision has been made to give space to other events which have also been scheduled around the same month and dates.
“The month of October is overwhelmed with activities. To make matters worse, all these events are happening in and close to Lilongwe where most of our targeted fans come from. So, we opted to change the dates,” he said.
Msakambewa said though the decision created some inconveniences, but they had to do so to ensure that they stage a successful event. He said a member of the organising team had to travel to South Africa to renegotiate with the festival’s headliners.
He said: “The local artists have been very understanding because they had also been following the confusion that was there with the dates.
“As for Makhadzi, we had to travel and meet her team and we were made to pay an additional fee for changing the date.”
Msakambewa said all other arrangements remain unchanged, including the venue and the artists to perform at the event. He also said that they will announce another surprise headliner who is an international artist.
As per the previous arrangement, the Hangout Festival was set to take place the same day with two other events, namely Lilongwe Music and Art Festival and the Sound and Light Concert. The Sand Music Festival is also scheduled for the same month of October.
Initially, the event’s organisers appeared set for a deadlock as neither of them seemed ready to relent on the dates of the events and this sudden change of heart by the Hangout Festival team should come as a relief to festival goers.
The festival is scheduled to pull together artists such as South African Makhadzi, DJ Obza, Mr Brown, Mapara A Jazz, Anthony Makondetsa, Lulu, Black Missionaries Band, Piksy, Hyphen, Beanca, Lambani Dube and DJ Tawa, among others.