Jinja’s Nyege Nyege Music Festival has the potential to become East Africa’s Glastonbury Festival. The latter is the largest greenfield festival in the world – attracting close to 175,000 people. Such large numbers require investments in infrastructure in terms of security, transport, water, and electricity supply.
The 3rd edition of Nyege Nyege conclude last weekend – party goers from all over the world flocked the source of the Nile in Jinja for the international music festival.
The three days event that took place at Nile discovery beach, Jinjawas an explosion of culture, fashion, music and art from various places across the globe.
The festival opened on Thursday morning for the campers with a pre-party at night. The daytime atmosphere was relaxed as people enjoyed watching live music and chilling out, drinking cocktails while the evenings were epic as people partied until the wee hours of the morning as they danced from one stage to the other.
The festival had three stages, the Bell Lager stage, the techno and electronic dance stage and one for the reggae lovers. There were performances from over 190 artists from 30 African countries .The Bell Lager stage, which was the main stage not only fed its audience with non stop music and performances for 72 hours but also gave away free Bell Lager beers for the festival goers.
Nyege Nyege brought together 200 artists from 30 countries. Some of the notable local perfumers included Ugandan dancehall star Maro,Apio Moro, Byg Ben Sukuya, Jackie Akello, Kongoloko, Aka Dope band among others.
The festival also offered several food stalls, bars, lounges, fashion stalls, art exhibitions, chill out areas, swimming, and boat rides.
The visitors come from near and far. This year’s event attracted over 7,000 fun-loving humans. No Race, No Religion, No Colour. Just music and enjoying life!