Are you ready for this year’s Kilifi New Year Festival?

Kilifi New Year is a radically creative two-day explosion of music and tropical beach culture set on the serene banks of Kilifi creek in Southern Kenya. Incredible performances from around Africa and the world will come together to put on a unique, technicolor show to celebrate the intersection between Africa and the world electronic music. Kilifi New Year is a celebration, a location and a journey all in one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Photo credit: Anel Wessels

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Photo credit: Anel Wessels

Photo credit: Anel Wessels

 Photo credit: Anel Wessels

Photo credit: Anel Wessels

The third edition of the festival promises a bigger, better and bolder show. There will be a jaw-dropping line up of revered artists from Kenya, Senegal, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark,Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

The electrifying performances by the artists will be powered by Funktion One; the suppliers of the best sound system to festivals and events around the globe. Kilifi New Year will be the first to use Funktion One sound system in Kenya!

Funktion one in action                                                                                                                                                                       Photo credit: Funktion one

Funktion one sounds                                                                                                                                                                          Photo credit: Funktion one

Funktion one in Nevada at the burning man ceremony.                                                                                                       Photocredit:Funktion one

Need I say more?                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo credit: Funktion one

Expect electrifying performances by: Bengatronics, Seth Schwarz, Be Svendsen, Electrafrique Band, Umojah Sound System, DJ Cortega, Luke Redford, Umoja, Gregg Tendwa, Eddie Grey, Makadem, Dread Steppa, Lucky Birdi, Enchan, Chucky, Pete Rowbots, and Max Melesi.

Where to stay: The  festive ticket is inclusive of two night free camping at Distant Relatives Ecolodge and Backpackers.If you are looking for more adventure, book yourself a bed on the Musafir Floating Hostel and spend your nights on the wooden deck of a traditional Kenyan dhow. Again, If you want to explore Kilifi, there are many other options nearby to choose from too.

Venue of Event: The arena next to Distant Relatives Ecolodge and Backpackers, behind the volley ball pitch.

Ticket Cost: Kshs. 6000.oo (apprx USD 60) for the two days of the festival. Get your tickets here.

Dates: Saturday December 31st 2016 from 4:00  pm till Monday Jan 2nd 2017 6:00 am.

Event sponsorship, stalls and catering enquiries: Drop an email to

For further Enquiries:

Tel: +254 718522872 , Email:


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Twitter: @KilifiNewYear 

Instagram: @KilifiNewYear





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  1. tony

    1 January

    That’s a great way to end the old year, and start a new one. Hope to be there when 2017 ends!!!

  2. Lark Ireri

    12 January

    I love your blog. I wonder why i did not know about it sooner… And eeeh saw one of your pics.. Nice sculpted body and ass

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