MTN Bushfire 2024 Artist Applications Now Open!

MTN Bushfire invites live performers of the highest calibre, who share the festival’s mission to celebrate creative expression while promoting social responsibility and inclusion, to send in their applications via our online application process.

Artist applications close on the 31st of October 2023. Application links can be found on the MTN Bushfire website Artists page at, as well as on our MTN Bushfire social media platforms.

MTN Bushfire looks for a diversity of musical styles and genres. Rooted in Africa and packaged to the world, MTN Bushfire’s line-up has always embraced the eccentric and unearthed the eclectic, featuring a wholesome mix of Pan-African and international artists from across different genres who do more than simply entertain but also use their art as a powerful form of creative advocacy.

The festival’s various stages and platforms host a wide range of performances, including live music, DJs, site and roving performances, dance showcases, art exhibitions and installations, theatre, poetry, storytelling, puppetry, film, and much more.

Further opportunities for performances exist in the EU Bushfire Schools Festival, which is held the week preceding the MTN Bushfire festival and supports creative skills and personal growth among students, as well as the family-friendly KidZone.

Named “Top African festival” by the BBC, hailed by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see” and winner of the Most Responsible Event Award at the WTM African Responsible Tourism Awards in 2017, MTN Bushfire is much more than a music festival.

With its #BRINGYOURFIRE clarion call to ignite action for positive social and environmental change, MTN Bushfire is deeply involved in a range of social and arts development initiatives.

MTN Bushfire sees over 20,000 festivalgoers during the festival weekend, with attendees from over 55 different countries making the journey to the beautiful Malkerns Valley of Eswatini for an energizing and uplifting weekend that celebrates the music and arts of Africa and beyond.

For all the hottest updates on the festival, follow @mtnbushfire on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, subscribe to the MTN Bushfire channel on the Ayoba app (downloadable from, and sign up for emails on the website.

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