Organisers of the 2015 Likoma Music Festival (Li-Fest) have disclosed the line-up of artists set to perform during this year's event with Dan Lu, Mlaka Maliro, Piksy and Gwamba as headliners.
The annual event held on Likoma Island and debuted last year in August, will this year take place from April 3 through to April 5. It was shifted to the Easter holiday to attract more people.
The festival was created last year by a team of Malawians from across the country known as Likoma Islanders and others who share the same vision of making Malawi a key tourist destination.
According to the organisers, the fun will start on April 3 soon as after the ship leaves the dock with a disco offered by DL Trick and Africa the DJ on the turntables.
On April 4, there will be a boat cruise around the Island and Mozambique, beach games, canoe races and sightseeing before a non-stop performance of live music which will start in the afternoon until Sunday.
During the performances, the audience will also be treated to traditional dances such as Chiwoda, Mganda, Malipenga and Mvetserani.
Chairperson of the Islanders Peter Chiwaula says the festival will help market the island as it will attract people from all walks of life.
"Li-Fest will help create jobs for young people, enhance development on the island, provide an opportunity for the goers to visit historical sites and all in all have the greatest time of their life on the beautiful island," said Chiwaula.
He added that as part of their objectives, proceeds from the show will also help in construction of a port on the island in the Jetty self-help project.
Other artists set to perform at the festival include Mafo, Martse, Crazy G, Nepman, Daredevils, Barry One, Bucci, Stitch Fray, Young K, Lulu, DJ Nathan, DJ Maya and Lucky Stars.
Black Missionaries, B1 from Zambia and other artists from Mozambique and South Africa are also expected to join the list.
The organisers have since said that travel arrangements have been made for those willing to travel to the festival from Blantyre and Lilongwe from Thursday April 2.
"MV Ilala and the new MV Chilembwe will leave for Likoma at 4am on April 3 so transport is not a big deal. Tickets for those who will use the buses are going at K45, 000 (including coach, MV Chilembwe and festival entry fee), K35, 000 for those who will sail by Ilala and K25, 000 for those who will arrange their own transport to Nkhatabay," said Chiwaula.
He said tickets have already started selling at Steers in Blantyre, Papaya's in Lilongwe and Key lounge and Coffee Den in Mzuzu.
"We are advising people to bring enough cash to sustain them for the weekend otherwise there are no ATM's on the Island," said Chiwaula.
Likoma Island which is located in the northern part of Malawi prides in its unique and preserved beauty, clean environment, good views, friendly people and unique culture.
It was listed as one of the top ten best beaches in Africa by Africa Travel in 2013. It is also known for its beautiful and rarest species of fish.