The two-day music festival in Liverpool features the best of African music along with music from the Caribbean and South America. Taking place at Sefton Park, Africa Oye is the UK’s biggest celebration of African culture bringing together crowds of 75,000 visitors. The event started in 1992 as several smaller gigs before moving to the larger outdoor arena 10 years later. Big names in African music to appear at the festival have included Baaba Maal from Senegal and Femi Kuti from Nigeria. It has also attracted stars of Jamaican Reggae such as Freddie McGregor and the London based Misty in Roots.
Getting to Africa Oye by air, fly into Liverpool John Lennon Airport. When in Liverpool catch the train to St Michael’s station, local buses are also available within easy reach of the festival. The festival is free to attend and open all day into the evenings. Expect the curfew to bring proceedings to a close around 11pm/11.30pm on the Saturday and slightly early on the Sunday. While there are plenty of established acts performing, if you’re wishing to partake in the festival the website has details for artist submissions. With over 40 stalls as taking part at Africa Oye, trader applications are also welcome.
Check out the line-up in advance. Arrive early to enjoy all the music, embrace the nature of the event and cultural diversity. With plenty of food and market stalls, workshops and educational programmes this is more than just a music festival. Prices at festivals can sometimes be more expensive, but given the music is free, buy your food and drink on site and try something different. The event is aimed to be all inclusive, with plenty of entertainment for the younger members of the family too. Sign up to the Oye Vibe on the website to get the latest news and announcements about the festival.
If you are planning to visit Liverpool for Africa Oye, choose from a selection of houses, apartments, flats, spare rooms, Bed and Breakfasts and many other private rentals near Sefton Park. If you are looking to stay more central, public transport will quickly take you to the festival. Check our accommodation in Liverpool.
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Find out more about the African music festival, including: What’s on, line-up, festival information, news, merchandise, Oye on tour, signing up to the mailing list and much more at the official website.
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