By Alex Roberts

The end month is nigh, and for those out there trying to cap this May on a high note, look no further for vibes- Kalabash is coming back, presented by East Africa Records, and for those of you music heads out there, dryly staring at the floor between massive festivals, Kalabash should give you the one day fix to hold you over.

It’s essentially a mini-music festival that goes down every three months or so, a one day snap shot of the pulse on the East African underground music scene (and beyond). With acts such as DJ Vadim out of the UK, Mr. Leo (a possible next big thing on the Afrobeat soundscape) out of Cameroon amongst headliners, this Kalabash isn’t without it’s international flair, while also holding it down with East African sets from Kvan, Binti Africa, DJ Shiru and Vyper Ranking.

For those of you seeking to mainline live music performances, the main sets will be going down between noon and nine PM; and for those of us amongst us who seek a proper bash and a dash of ratchet dancing (present writer excluded, we are professionals after all) the DJ sets are looking to continue well into the morning hours, before revelers get churned back out into a less musical escapist reality after Kalabash closes its gates.

All this is going down at Ragga Dee Beach, at Samaki Beach Resort in Busabala, Kampala.

There will be more than enough food and cocktails to choose from including Yujo Izakaya, Que Pasa, The Mixologist and Banange Beer. If you double dip to heavy into the waragi and double jungle juice concoctions (editor’s note: do not try such a cocktail, your head will explode with terrible immediacy), camping and lodging are available around the site and in the immediate vicinity.

Gate damage is 30K before 8PM and 60K after 8PM, but why miss all the live-music-day-time-drink-up-vibes-beach-side and then pay more to come later? Come early stay late at this one; vibes shall descend by high noon and are certain not to finish before walking past families in church clothes the following morning.

Kalabash hearkens all the way back to 2018, and they’ve been perfecting the formula for a 20 hour music festival ever since. This isn’t one to miss, hope to see all of our readers there on their best behavior.

Want more info on getting tickets ahead of time or just want more info? Check out EAR’s Instagram.

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