Fallin’ fes­ti­val is back!

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Melissa Mpofu Show­biz Editor

THE re­sort town of Vic­to­ria Falls will once again be the place to be for New Year’s Eve as it hosts two ma­jor year-end gigs, Jame­son Vic Falls Car­ni­val and Fallin’ 2016. Not to be missed for any­thing, the two events which cater for dif­fer­ent mar­kets’ are worth ev­ery dime. De­pend­ing on one’s wal­let, one may at­tend the car­ni­val for an en­try fee of $60 per day to watch mostly SA per­form­ers or the Fallin’ 2016 fes­ti­val which has a $5 en­try fee with en­tirely lo­cal acts.

While the car­ni­val mainly at­tracts in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors, the Fallin’ fes­ti­val has Vic Falls’ res­i­dents and lo­cals in mind – hence the af­ford­able en­try.

Or­gan­ised by top Harare event pro­mo­tions com­pany – Davies Events –which has suc­cess­fully hosted in­ter­na­tional artistes Bryan Adams and James Blunt, the fes­ti­val will once again be hosted at the Vic Falls Rest Camp which is ide­ally lo­cated in the town’s busi­ness district.

Davies Events spokesper­son, Emma Dreyer said they were glad to be host­ing the event again this year af­ter the success of the in­au­gu­ral fes­ti­val last year.

“Last year, we planned this fes­ti­val in a short space of time as we wanted to do some­thing for the Vic Falls com­mu­nity. I’m glad to say it was a success and we’ve de­cided to host the event again this year with the same con­cept,” said Dreyer.

En­ter­tain­ment will be pro­vided by top Harare DJs Rax, Ray­dizz, Rawse, Vic Falls DJ Spe­vah and Trill An­gel.

“Our line-up doesn’t have in­ter­na­tional artistes as we want to sup­port lo­cals by bring­ing to­gether artistes from Vic Falls, Harare and Bulawayo,” she said.

Dreyer said they were yet to an­nounce their head­line act.

“We’re still fi­nal­is­ing the con­tracts with our head­line act who’s a top Zim­dance­hall mu­si­cian.”

Un­like last year where mostly deep house mu­sic was played, this year’s event will have more of dancehall – a genre which has proved pop­u­lar lo­cally.

“This year, we’ve done away with the deep house we had last year and are fo­cus­ing on dancehall which is prov­ing to be very pop­u­lar. We just want Vic Falls res­i­dents and those who will have vis­ited the re­sort town to have a feel of life in Zim­babwe.”

A VIP sec­tion will be set up where rev­ellers will be ex­pected to part with $25.

“We set a price ($5) for stan­dard en­try which we thought would be fair as we want ev­ery­one in Vic Falls to be part of this. The In­vuvu Bar will be the VIP sec­tion dur­ing the fes­ti­val. On De­cem­ber 31 how­ever, VIP tick­ets will cost $30.

“We urge peo­ple to buy three-day ac­cess passes for $15 (stan­dard) and $75 (VIP).”

Last year, car­ni­val tick­ethold­ers thronged the Fallin’ Fes­ti­val on the night when the car­ni­val hosted com­mu­nity par­ties. They were given free en­try on that night.

Spon­sors this year in­clude Fast­jet and Zam­bezi Lager.

DJ Ray­dizz

DJ Rax

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