SPENDING NEW YEARS EVE IN VICTORIA FALLS ZIMBABWE
GOODLUCK, LOCNVILLE, TRESOR, THE KIFFNESS, SKETCHY BONGO & MANY MORE AS WE COUNTED DOWN THE NEW YEAR AT THE JAMESON VIC FALLS CARNIVAL 2016
This was a big honour for me and my work when I was selected as this year’s Official Photographer for the Jameson Vic Falls Carnival .
It is a rather big deal for me as this was to be my first International Photography Job and I must say it was one unbelievable experience.
So Thank You to all those involved.
The weekend started with the pleasant 2hr flight from OR TAMBO INT Airport, which landed in Livingstone Zambia.
It took me about 20 minutes to collect my luggage and get through Passport Control.
Once I was through I made may way to the main entrance where I noticed a Lady wearing a Jameson’s Event Staff shirt and introduced myself.
Her name was Sandra and she kindly pointed out where our bus was waiting and that if I wanted I could go wait on the bus as it had the aircon on as it was extremely hot outside, whilst we had to wait for some of the artists still to come through.
Once the artists arrived and climbed onto the bus we made our way through to the Zambian Border Post where we had to get our passports stamped and then we drove through to the Zimbabwe Border Post where we then had to stamp our passports again to gain entry.
It’s a beautiful place that has a normal camping site and a comfy camping site as well as chalets with bathrooms en suite.
There is one swimming pool, an open plan bar and dinning area where guests could chill around and do as they pleased or even use the free WiFi.
I must mention that the place had only been open for 1 week prior to our arrival and still needed a bit of work done but was still awesome.
I was then told that I must leave my luggage with the guys at reception, grab my gear and get to the train station to cover the start of the event.
So without knowing where I was going to be sleeping I grabbed my gear and got onto the bus which took me to the train station.
Once there I climbed the train and so began this amazing experience which has been briefly detailed below.
Enjoy the pictures, I hope they give you a ton of FOMO, so much so that you book your tickets the moment they announce the Vic Falls 2017 event lineup.
Thousands of revelers descended on the town of Victoria Falls for an exciting music and adventure celebration, the fourth Jameson Vic Falls Carnival.
Three days of incredible music, thrilling adventure and nail-biting adrenaline filled activities.
The Jameson Vic Falls Carnival once again raised the bar by bringing an unforgettable experience to music, festival and adventure lovers from around the world.
This year, the carnival saw an increase in attendees and for the first time ever the rain held off for the full carnival period.
This year on the 29th of December, as a carnival first, we brought the carnival to the river – the Jameson Zambezi River Party sat on the banks of the Zambezi River where attendees danced to Valve State and local DJ’s with crocodiles and hippos just off the shore.
Local backpackers and venue, Shoestring’s Lodge threw a pool party where local acts performed to a full house to kick off this year’s carnival festivities.
Nick Fourie, Half and Half, Diloxclusiv and steam train party favourite, DJ Francis, entertained bush-lovers who boarded the popular steam train for the Jameson Secret Train Party on the 30th December.
Festival-goers chanted their way to the secret bush venue along the train tracks arriving at a party oasis with top beats with some top local DJ’s.
They danced the night away under the African stars, all in the darkness of night.
Revelers joined SA muso’s GoodLuck, who brought back that unbelievable New Year’s energy, along with SA twin duo Locnville who had the ladies on their feet, the talented Tresor killed it in his African suit with his soul stirring mixing of well-known tracks with more traditional soulful music.
Electro-pop duo, The Kiffness brought that mad energy of hair flipping, multi-instrument playing madness and delivered an electric performance for an ecstatic crowd.
Producer and elusive DJ Sketchy Bongo played his chart topping hits that had the crowd singing along throughout his performance followed by local act Sulumane Chimbetu, who came out with his orchestra dressed head to toe in white and taught attendees how to really get down!
Over 10 acts took the crowd into the New Year for a truly unforgettable celebration at one of the official seven natural wonders of the world at the Unity New Year’s concert.
Fire breathers, stilt-walkers and an incredible sound and stage production took the audience on a musical journey to see in 2017!
Next year’s carnival will push the boundaries for a bigger, louder and truly more unique carnival experience.
Festival goers can check out the Jameson Vic Falls Carnival Facebook page for photos and to be the first to hear about the 2017 lineup, adventure and travel packages and of course, the exciting format!
Special thanks to our great partners this year, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Zambezi Lager, 99FM, Zambezi FM, Rock FM, Star FM, Sunday Mail and Coca-Cola for their ongoing support.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JamesonVicFallsCarnival
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