When: 17th-18th June 2017
Where: Sefton Park, Liverpool
Ticket Price: Free
The third weekend of June sees the beautiful Sefton Park host an enormous celebration of African culture – by far the biggest event of its kind in the UK. Since its modest beginnings in 1992, the festival has drawn in massive crowds of up to 80,000 people. Now in its 25th year, Africa Oyé is bigger and better than ever.
The music is supplemented by the excellent Oyé village – an ever-growing tradition for the festival, featuring stalls selling food and drink, crafts, accessories, and clothes from across the globe. In Trenchtown you’ll see a selection of Afro-centric DJs, plus The Trenchtown Truck Company serving top Caribbean delicacies with plenty of spaces for dancing the weekend away!
Africa Oyé is a family friendly event with activities for children from bouncy castles to face painting. The atmosphere is overwhelmingly welcoming. It’s the perfect chance to share your heritage, or to celebrate multi-culturalism in a city renowned for its cultural history.
In a celebration of Africa Oye’s 25th anniversary, the main stage will be packed with artists who have performed over the last 25 years. This includes Julian Marley, the son of legendary reggae musician Bob Marley, who will be bringing the celebrations to a close with hits such as Systems, Lemme Go and songs from his late father’s back catalogue.
Grammy Award winning Dobet Gnahore will also be taking to the main stage following her last appearance in 2005. The Ivorian singer, dancer and musician sings in a range of African languages and styles, including Ivory Coast Ziglibiti, Ghanian High-Life and Congolese Rumba.
The incredible 12-piece Odemba OK Jazz All-Stars will also be performing, led and conducted by legendary guitarist Dizzy Mandjeku, a former member of Franco’s OK Jazz. Odemba OK Jazz All-Stars are the original exponents of smooth big band “Franco Style” Congolese Rumba, first gracing the Africa Oye Stage in 2007, they’re guaranteed to get you moving.
Africa Oyé is the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and heritage, showcasing the vast range of culture, music and food that make up Africa. Running since 1992, where it originally comprised a handful of small gigs in Liverpool’s city centre, the festival now takes over Sefton Park each year, bringing a joyful musical atmosphere to thousands.
Travelling with Megabus to Africa Oye Festival couldn’t be easier. While there is no camping available, Sefton Park is a mere 10-minute taxi ride from the Megabus stop at Liverpool One Bus Station, conveniently surrounded by many shops and hotels, with many routes including London, Coventry, Glasgow and Manchester.
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