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MTN Bushfire Early-Bird tickets sell out in record 1 DAY!

Posted by radio On January - 21 - 2016

MTN Bushfire is thrilled to announce that all Early Bird tickets for MTN Bushfire 2016, that went on sale on Friday 15th January have SOLD OUT! This record-breaking response from MTN Bushfire fans reflects the major increase in interest in the festival from across Africa and the globe.


Full price pre-sale tickets will go on sale ON-LINE only from Wednesday January 20th 2016. Please note that there will be no physical tickets on sale as all tickets will be digital.  Fans are once again urged to book tickets early to avoid disappointment as tickets for MTN Bushfire 2015 sold out in the week before the festival.


Fans must also note that this year Single Day Golden Lounge tickets will NOT be available, but a limited amount of Full Festival Golden Lounge passes will be for sale.


Make sure to book your tickets now for one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see” (CNN), and BBC’s Top African Festival.


Pre-sale tickets will be available via the MTN Bushfire website and Facebook page,, from January 20th 2016.



As in previous years, the MTN BUSHFIRE artist line-up will feature a dynamic range of artists from across southern Africa and the globe.


MTN Bushfire is proud to announce that Mali’s internationally acclaimed world-music stars Songhoy Blues have been confirmed for this year’s main stage. Though their music bears elements of contemporary rock and hip hop, at its heart is a deep attachment to the homegrown songs and dances of Mali’s Songhoy people, as well as to such iconic West African guitar heroes as Baba Salah and Ali Farka Touré.


Their debut album has been described by top music magazine NME as “a masterpiece of desert blues, blending American guitar licks with Malian grooves.” Formed from the adversity of Mali, Songhoy Blues’ music is full of northern flavours: Gao takamba, Touareg guitar, Songhoy trance and traditional desert melodies. But all those tired old ‘world music’ prejudices have no place here. Songhoy Blues are four guys, guitar, drums, bass and vocals, driving rhythms, big hearts and a big story to tell.


Also confirmed for 2016 is the exciting new South African collaborative outfit Bombshelter Beast featuring Pitch Black Afro.  This group of renegades is making waves with their genre breaking eclectic fusion of Afrobalkan Skadubhall and has to be seen to be believed. The ever-changing international line-up includes jazz artists and for their MTN BUSHFIRE 2016 performance will feature Pitch Black Afro.


Other top acts performing at MTN Bushfire 2016 include one of South Africa’s hottest acts – Mafikizolo – whose 2014 comeback made waves across South Africa and beyond, have also been confirmed for MTN Bushfire 2016.


Joining these initial confirmed artists is Pablo Nouvelle, a filmmaker and musician from Switzerland who takes soul “back to the future” with a combination of new sounds and old samples. Manu Delago, an Austrian percussionist and composer, best known as Bjork’s hang drummer, will also perform alongside saxophonist and clarinet player Pepe Auer.


South African artists confirmed include, as always, cutting edge acts such as Native Young, Nomadic Orchestra, Felix Laband, and Toby2Shoes.


Acts from Swaziland include Bholoja, Nomzamo Zaza Dlamini & Fanaza.


Further acts are being finalized and more artists will be confirmed in the build-up to MTN Bushfire 2016.



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