1. It’s possibly the most beautiful festival location in the world
Not a bad view, then. But it’s also the fest’s beachside setup which makes it something special. You'll drive to the event through a dusty, relatively empty landscape, before arriving at a site where – being staged within Sunbird Nkopola hotel complex – lush, watered lawns edge the sand. Festival-goers, and some workers, take naps beneath the trees. Wooden bars built on the beach serve cheap beers. A pretty even mix of Malawians and foreigners (mostly South Africans and Europeans) dive in and out of the lake through the hot days, while during the balmy nights the beach gets overtaken by dancing punters kicking up sand grains till morning.