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MTN Bushfire Festival 2019 Ultimate Survival Guide

Here’s a full breakdown of what you should and should not do when making your way to Bushfire Festival

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With days to go until MTN BUSHFIRE 2019, it’s time to get ready! Go through all the important stuff for the festival to avoid being those people who ruin it for yourselves and worse still, for everyone else, because you weren’t in the loop on the tea.

Firstly, make sure you have your tickets secured before you arrive as tickets are already SOLD OUT and there will be NO tickets available at the gate. This applies to day tickets as well as full festival passes.

There will also be NO camping tickets available on site as these are also all completely SOLD OUT.

Also, remember that the official MTN Bushfire campsite Campsite Check In Desk opens at 11 on Thursday but closes at midnight and opens again on Friday at 9 until midnight on Saturday. We encourage you to get to the border early on Thursday and avoid the queues.

GETTING TO MTN BUSHFIRE

MTN BUSHFIRE is in the scenic Malkerns Valley at House on Fire, located about a 5 hour drive from Johannesburg, 23km from the capital city, Mbabane, and is a short 14km from Ezulwini.

Key in the following GPS coordinates- Elevation 756m – S 26’ 29.881 E031’ 13.110 to find us or using the Google Maps House on Fire coordinates.

Some reminders for everyone traveling to Ewatini– please remember that over 20,000 people attend MTN Bushfire, many of them coming from outside of Eswatini and the borders can be heavy with traffic.

Consider using one of the lower volume border posts such as the Sandlane / Nerston Border post, (althougth some of these may keep shorter hours than Golela and Oshoek), for more information visit our website or Swazi Tourism.

All of Eswatini’s border posts are open seven days a week, but if you are using the Oshoek border post it is highly recommended to plan to arrive in Eswatini on Thursday or early Friday as the border post has seen extremely long queues Friday afternoon and evening in previous years.

Although the border post at Oshoek is open until midnight, we HIGHLY recommend getting there as early as possible on Friday.

You will require a passport to enter Eswatini, and please make sure you have checked the visa requirements. Check HERE


SOUTH AFRICA REQUIRES ADDITIONAL PAPERWORK TO BRING MINORS ACROSS THE BORDER! PLEASE ENSURE UNABRIDGED BIRTH CERTIFICATES AND OTHER NECESSARY PAPERWORK IS SECURED BEFORE YOU LEAVE!

ATTENDEES MAY BE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE IDENTIFICATION TO ENTER THE EVENT – ONLY ORIGINAL ID BOOKS/CARDS, DRIVERS LICENCE CARDS & PASSPORTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.


#BRINGYOURFIRE

MTN Bushfire also encourages all guests to support the #BRINGYOURFIRE call towards sustainability and reducing the festival’s carbon footprint. So here are some ways you can help to Green Your Fire!

– Please bring reusable bags; plastic bags and polystyrene or styrofoam containers are not allowed in.

– Bring unused clothing to donate to orphans and vulnerable children through the Young Heroes initiative. Donations will be accepted at the gate.

– Carpool or share rides to the festival to lessen your carbon footprint.

– Use the recyclables and non-recyclables bins correctly!

To further reduce our carbon footprint – this year the festival is PAPERLESS.

To get all the performance starting times, the lastest festival info, park and ride schedules and more – guests are encouraged to download the MTN Bushfire Festival app available in the App Store and Google Play stores tht will be available from Tuesday, May 21st .

Once again, MTN Bushfire, including the campsite, will be cashless. Your access armband will enable you to charge up with cash or credit cards throughout the festival venue.

ATM’s are available on festival grounds and accept Mastercard & VISA cards. To load your account prior to arriving at MTN Bushfire or for more information on charging and securing refunds after the festival please visit: howler.co.za

Another way to #BringYourFIre is to donate the leftover funds on your wristband.
Simply head to the main top up station, TAP OUT with boMake Rural Projects and help build resilient and thriving communities in Eswatini.

KIDS

Open on Saturday & Sunday from 10am to 6pm, the MTN Bushfire’s Kidzone offers a safe and secure environment with 24 hour security and first-aid provided throughout the festival weekend.

It is compulsory for all kids to be accompanied by parents into the zone and registered to make sure they are accounted for.

No child is allowed in or out of the space without a wristband and all parents are compelled to provide their contact details upon entry, which will also be transferred onto the child’s festival wristband.

There will be trained child minders assisting in looking after everyone in the kid zone, however parents are still responsible for their kids and are advised not to leave them for long periods unsupervised.

PARK N RIDE

If you are staying off site – please make sure you have a designated driver as drinking and driving is taken very seriously in Swaziland and road blocks are common. Don’t drink & drive Identify a designated, Watch your speed, Stay alert & arrive alive.

MTN Bushfire’s Park and Ride system, powered by Motor Vehicle Accident fund and Total, offers shuttles to and from the festival site and various pick-up/drop-off points.

This system will commence on 26 May 2016 and run for the duration of the festival, operating along the Mbabane- Malkerns- Manzini corridor.

The pick-up points are:Mbabane (The Mall – outside Harvey World Travel), Ezulwini (The Gables – outside Spur) and Manzini (The Hub – outside SwaziNet) Shuttles will operate on an hourly basis to and from the festival, starting at 17:00 on Friday, running until 03:00.

On Saturday, the service will run from 10:00 to 04:00 and on Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00. The cost of the shuttle is E20 per trip.

SOME DO’s & DON’T’S

Remember to pack well – the days are hot but the nights can be chilly! Please also note that any bags brought into the event are subject to search upon entry.

The following items are prohibited and will not be allowed into the venue.

Food & Alcohol not allowed in main venue

Weapons, explosives, firearms, Drones, Cooler boxes, glass bottles, aluminium cans, hazardous and breakable materials, fireworks, lasers, flashlights and anything else that can interfere with the artists
Professional DSLR, recording devices, video equipment that have not been pre-approved
At the artists’ request, all unauthorized recording will be prohibited. (Illegal filming and/or recording will result in legal actions.)

NO PETS

No illegal drugs of any kind allowed in the festival or campsites. You will be prosecuted.
Illegal items will be confiscated at the door.

No camping gear of any kind will be allowed into the festival venue. Camping gear will only be allowed into the campsite with a valid camping ticket.

Flags that are used to identify your group may be brought in, but discretion is advised when constructing or designing these items, as they may sometimes be considered dangerous.

Tickets are not for resale. Anyone found selling tickets outside the festival entrance, parking lot or any festival property may be prosecuted.

No refunds on tickets bought.

Children under 12 need to be accompanied with an adult to enter the Golden Lounge.

Please do not tamper with the lock on your wristband as it will make it tighter and possibly damage the wristband. We will not replace wristbands which have been tampered with by patrons.

All Full Festival wristbands are valid for the duration of the festival. Please do not remove your wristband if you will be returning to the festival after exiting.

 

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Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed

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We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.

When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.

A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.

The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.

This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.

Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.

Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.

After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.

Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.

In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.

After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.

Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.

THE ENDING

Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.

Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.

In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?

Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.

We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.

What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.

We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.

Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.

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First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’

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Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.

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First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe,  the world ready to let old baggage go.

The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.

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Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it

‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.

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The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.

While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.

Midnight Mass

“The LORD’s angel”‘s life giving blood comes scams locals into horrible mistakes on Midnight Mass.

When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.

With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.

It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.

We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.

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