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###Bodytonic's Guide to Lake of Stars #**Vinspired Lake of Stars Music Festival 15th -18th October 2009** #[Lake of Stars: The History](#history) #[Lake of Stars 2009](#2009) #[Information for travellers](#travel) #[Trip 2007](#bt2007) #[Trip 2008](#itinerary) # Lake of Stars: The History The Lake of Stars Festival takes place in Malawi, deep in the heart of Africa. Since 2004, autumn in Malawi has seen the Lake of Stars Festival take place on the palm fringed shores of Africa's third largest lake: Lake Malawi. The festival raises money for charity, promotes Malawian music and provides travellers and Malawians alike with the opportunity to enjoy fantastic live music in an exotic and beautiful location. International and African artists share the stage at Chintheche Inn. So far artists such as Groove Armada's Andy Cato, Felix B (Basement Jaxx), Yewande (US), the Chibuku DJs, Bugz in the Attic's Mikey General, Ben Westbeech (Brownswood), Rodney P & Skitz (1Xtra), Annie Mac (Radio 1), Blue African Skies, Seth Lakeman, Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC Radio 1), Scratch Perverts, Man like me - Live, Ali B and Goldfish have all journeyed out to the warm heart of Africa to perform. Joining them have been some of the biggest names in Malawian music – Tikhu Vibrations, Wambali, the Black Missionaries, Lucius Banda and Joseph Tembo to name a few. Performances range from African jazz and gospel groups to beatboxers, circus performers, and DJs. In October 2007, Bodytonic took our inaugural trip to The Lake of Stars Festival in Malawi - it was the best trip of our life and I think we all agree on that. A quick vid to show you what its all about. # Lake of Stars 2009 15-18th October 2009 **Location** Sunbird Nkopola, Mangochi, Malawi. Full venue details [here](http://www.sunbirdmalawi.com/nkopola/nkopolalodge.htm) **Lineup** The Maccabees SWAY Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) The Black Missionaries Mo Laudi Tayo Nihal (BBC Radio 1) Radioclit Ross Allen The Very Best Ali B Dekker & Johan plus more **Accommodation** Pleaser see Lake of Stars site [here](http://www.lakeofstars.org/press.htm) # Travel info ## Flights: Prices range from €800 to €1200 return. The main tour operator from the UK is [Global Link](http://www.globallinktravel.co.uk/) [E Travel](http://www.e-travel.ie) seems to have the best rates for flights from Dublin Main airlines that fly to Lilongwe and Johannesburg are [Kenya Airways](http://www.kenya-airways.com/home/) and [KLM](http://www.klm.com/travel/ie_en/index_default.html) ## Shots You will need to get some shots and malaria tablets so make sure and get to the doc at least a month before you plan on going. ## Money There are ATM's in most big cities but you will need to carry a decent amount of cash with you. # Bodytonic's Trips 2007 & 2008 ##2007 Dublin - London- Nairobi- Lilongwe - South Luangwa National Park Zambia - Nkhotakota - Chintheche -Nkata Bay - Mzuzu - Lilongngwe - Nairobi Some places along the way :[Mabuyacamp](http://www.mabuyacamp.com/),[Track and Trail River camp](http://www.trackandtrailrivercamp.com/), [Njaya Lodge](http://www.njayalodge.com/), [Carnivore Restaurant](http://www.africanmeccasafaris.com/kenya/nairobi/excursions/carnivore.asp) Here's a few of our pics for you to have alook at.
## 2008 Dublin - Johannesburg - Livingstone -Victoria Falls - Johannesburg -Kruger Park - Barra Reef - Inhambane - Maputo - Vilanculos- Chimoio - Blantyre- Senga Bay Malawi- Lake of Stars Festival -Lilongwe and Head home If you are thinking about 09 or want anymore information about Lake of Stars contact aoife@bodytonicmusic.com for more details. [See here for more details](http://www.lakeofstars.co.uk)