Mzuzu Lodge, a hub of afternoon stage performances in Mzuzu, has constructed a new entertainment venue to complement the old one at the government-owned facility.
Musician Skeffa Chimoto and the Real Sounds Band, who have lined up two shows in Mzuzu, are expected to be the first to perform at the venue on October 3.
The lodge, erroneously referred to as Mzuzu Tourist Lodge, resolved to construct a new venue following complaints that the existing performance area which is near rooms exposes customers to noise pollution and other inconveniences.
But in an interview, the lodge’s manager Ellen Lungu said the new venue is in response to the demand for venues in the northern city.
“More artists are opting for Mzuzu Lodge for performances these days because it is environmental friendly, affordable with good customer care.
“We want to maintain our image as a growing entertainment joint that accommodates everyone. So, we want the old one to be reserved for weddings and the new one for stage performances,” she said.
Lungu said they have spent K1.1 million by erecting a stage and perimeter fence. Toilets and other sanitary facilities are still under construction.
Event organisers and musicians interviewed separately welcomed the development, while observing that the venue is risky for the patrons who park their vehicles along the M5 road due to lack of adequate space.
“If that is sorted out then that will be the best venue for afternoon performances in Mzuzu. The venue is spacious and secure,” said Augustine Chilunga of Top City Entertainment.
Chimoto will perform at O’Seasons (formerly Key Lounge) a day before dating Mzuzu Lodge. The jamming machine will be supported by Sangie, Kaka, Davie Nsaku, Dan Muyaya, among others. n