After their first artist announcement, Endless Daze received a fair amount of criticism online from musicians and festival goers who posted about said announcement (and previous line-ups) not being all-inclusive or diverse enough.
And while it is presumptuous and ballsy to make those kinds of statements about this year’s line-up after one artist announcement (and seemingly forgetting the fact that Endless Daze’s previous line-ups has featured a wide variety of performers that aim to cater to more than just their niche audience), the festival’s second batch of artists was always going to be subjected to close scrutiny.
The next seven artists released by the festival are WITCH, The Brother Moves On, Runaway Nuns, Msaki, Julia Robert, Them Fads and Holy Funk.
Most notably are legendary Zambian rock band WITCH (We intend to cause havoc). Seeing their golden days during the ’70s, WITCH captivated their local audiences of the time and spearheaded the now historical genre “Zamrock”. Their sound fuses influences from the Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Purple as well as African rhythms. Lead singer, and sole surviving member, Emmanuel “Jagari” Chanda banded with Dutch musician Jacco Gardner in 2016 and together formed the now 6 person strong band that will be performing songs from WITCH’s five album catalogue.
The year the festival has also partnered with non-profit organisation The Beach Co-op. This year, in effort with The Beach Co-op, Endless Daze will further improve the environmental footprint of the festival. With previous events, there has been an encouragement of lift shares to the festival and Endless Daze will continue to do so with this year’s event.
Additionally there will be an agenda to reduce the amount of waste generated at the festival, especially when it comes to plastic; and an increased effort will be made when working with the food vendors, the bar and the waste management team to help achieve this.
Endless Daze will also be inviting festivalgoers to take part in a beach clean up at the festival, coordinated by the Beach Co-op and using the Dirty Dozen methodology. This entails counting and recording the top 12 most commonly found items on the beach.