As we prepare for 2018, we are excited to see the festival site migrating to a wild and new magical playground. Imagine 20 acres of wild jungle, colossal, wise and ancient indigenous trees on the edge of a mythical gorge. The site is host to wild secret orange and lemon orchards, bamboo forests and monumental thousand year-old baobabs. It will be the home of our favourite producers, friends, artists and community, offering each and everyone the chance to realise their wildest creative dreams. A deep respect for nature will be core to the site’s development. We look forward to seeing the beauty and wonder of our creative community in Kenya.

This year an ever growing army of artists will be living in the electric jungle for 3 months making your wildest dreams come true.

For the first time Kilifi New Year will have 2 stages running concurrently! Hosted by Audio Sans Frontieres, East Africa’s heaviest sound systems, Funktion 1 and Umojah Sound System, will allow artists from East, West and South Africa to join forces with performers from all around the world to create the most exciting New Year’s Eve show that East Africa has ever seen.

Kilifi New Year began in 2013 when we transformed Distant Relatives into an amazing electric jungle with amazing sound and artists with the eco-friendly mindset of Distant Relative. Tickets sold out quickly and approximately 400 guests flocked to listen to many of Kenya’s finest DJs – including Sean Fraser, Max Melesi, Vapour, Oliver Nicklin, DJ A.O.K, Dread Steppa and others.

Sound Check at Kilifi New Year

Kilifi New Year’s second edition anchored the festival as the most radically creative festival in east Africa. Warm-up performances by East African artists and an international line-up that brought together such artists as Toby2Shoes, Skaface, Shoeshine Boy, Max Melesi, , Sean Fraser and Jamie Melvin, and Barney Barrow. Design & décor from Kenyan artists Franziska Sommerlatte and Rohini Das provided a surreal atmosphere, setting the culture for the mind-blowing installations Kilifi New Year is known for. For the first time, the Burning Man culture was brought to Kenya – setting alight a giant artpiece over the emerald waters of Kilifi Creek. Tickets sold out again this year and a crowd of 600 came together to celebrate the New Year Kilifi-style.

Umojah Sound System at Kilifi New Year

Kilifi New Year 2016 solidified the festival’s reputation as the premiere NYE destination in East Africa. Given its popularity, the event time was extended to 36 hours to in order to welcome more artists. Kilifi New Year 2016 line-up featured German double-platinum DJ Wankelmut, as well as drawing more international acts such as Seth Schwarz, Monolink, Toby2Shoes, Luke Redford & Nico Sun, Circus Swing, Regan, Dusty Human, Screaming Eagles, Olly Barnett, Pete Robots, Roostahs, and Joey Alaniz, and welcoming more of our favourite Nairobi DJs such as Dread Steppa once again to the stage.

Seth Schwarz at Kilifi New Year 2016

This time around, for the Fourth edition of Kilifi New Year, the event shifted to a neighboring 6-acre creek front plot adjacent to the Distant Relatives property in order to accommodate the ever-increasing number of attendees while maintaining its core eco-friendly mission and maintaining the community vibe. More than 1,500 people from all corners of the continent and from all around the world danced for 3days to the sounds of Be Svendsen, Umoja, Cortega, Electrafrique and the African Beat Parade, Bengatronics, , Seth Schwarz, Luke Redford, Pete Robots, Umojah Sound System, DJ Paps and Moseh the Drummist, Lucky Birdy, Enchan, Chucky, Max Melesi and several others.

The Kilifi New Year Burn