Africa Oyé Festival is the largest celebration of live African music in the UK. Originally a smaller, multi-venue event, Oyé now attracts over fifty thousand people every June to Liverpool's Sefton Park. The festival showcases new and established African and Caribbean artists, besides celebrating different aspects of the same cultures. Oyé has also been known to programme music from South America, with Salsa, Soca and Reggae proving popular additions to the festival.
Africa Oyé is a non-profit organisation and registered charity. The festival is partially funded by the Arts Council England North West and Liverpool City Council, in addition to sponsorship, advertising, in kind support and the revenue generated from pitched traders, merchandise and the Oyé beer tent. This year, the introduction of the Trenchtown area providing music to the people around the bar was a huge success. Entrance is free of charge, however there are over eighty stalls in the surrounding Oyé Village, selling a broad range of world foods, fashion and cultural experiences.
Frankie Paul (Jamaica)
BKO Quintet (Mali)
Diabel Cissokho (Senegal)
Gordon Masiala (DR Congo)
Lindigo (Le Reunion)
Cumbia All Stars (Peru)
Modou Toure and Ramon Goose with The West African Blues Project (Senegal/UK)
Main Stage DJs
When everything wraps up at Sefton Park, make the short journey to the city centre where a host of Liverpool-based promoters and venues have put together fantastic Oyé after parties to cater for your late night needs. There’s Afrobeats at Envi; No Fakin’, Hustle, and Beaten Tracks at The Magnet and 24 Kitchen Street will be hosting an event, with music spanning afro house, afro beat, dub, reggae, and world beats ... and more TBA. A % from the proceeds at these parties will be donated back to the festival, helping ensure it reminds free and open to all.
Music Stages and Other Entertainment
TRENCHTOWN DJ SESSIONS hosted by Beaten Tracks
After a fantastic introduction to Oyé last year, Trenchtown is back at the festival. Situated opposite the main stage at the far end of the park, the area will feature The Oyé Inn, some of the country’s top Afro-centric DJs and The Trenchtown Truck Company serving Caribbean delights, the Oyé merchandise stall, Barefoot Wine Sampling and a comfortable seating area ideal for chilling out. And for those feeling more active, there will also be plenty of space for dancing the weekend away! A percentage of money spent in Trenchtown is invested back into keeping Africa Oyé free for all.
OYÉ ACTIVE ZONE in association with MOVEMA, supported by PH. Holt
The Oyé Active Zone returns for 2015! People of all ages and backgrounds will have the chance to try dance, music and arts activities throughout the weekend lead by top local and international companies. ALL FOR FREE and open to everyone!
Zumba – Movema – Will Hernandez,
Congolese Dance Special Workshop,
Afro-Latin Dance – Studio Afro Latino,
Afro-Caribbean Dance – Movema,
Unlock the Box Youth Dance Battle
‘World In A Box’ Family Session. Movema – Penny Caffrey,
West Africa Performance and Dance. MDI – Lamin Dumbuya,
Samba de Roda – Movema,
Capoeira – Capoeira for All,
World Fusion – Movema
Africa Oyé is the UK's largest celebration of African music and culture and takes place annually in Liverpool. Beginning in 1992 as a series of small gigs in the city centre, the event has gone from strength-to-strength, moving to its present Sefton Park home in 2002 to cope with demand.
In its 23rd year now, Africa Oyé is a two day family friendly event that celebrates cultural diversity. The organiser seeks to redress negative representations of Africa entrenched in images of war, disease, poverty and famine in mainstream media and highlight the fantastic range of cultures, foods, music and artists that comes from the continent.
Food and Drink
There are loads of African and other foods from around the world available at catering stands at the festival, including: Caribbean Jerk Chicken and other Traditional Jamaican Food, North African Hot & Cold Food, Curried Goat, Gambian Food, Thai Food, Western Steakhouse, Ostrich, Kangaroo, Wild Boar & Angus Beef Burgers, Mediterranean Foods, Traditional Spanish Paella, Chilli, Burgers, Chips, Hotdogs, Hot and Cold Baguettes, Fresh Homemade Salmon Steaks, Lamb & Feta Burgers, Haloumi/Kebabs, West Indian Halal Fast Food, Nachos, Crepes, Fresh Fruit Smoothies and more.
On Site Information
The festival will feature an Oyé Village which will have many stalls selling ethically sourced & fairly traded, tribal arts and crafts including clothing, footwear, jewellery, accessories, crystals, figurines, cards, carvings, hemp, tie-dye, vintage & recycled products, handmade puppets, incense, natural henna, herbal teas, toys, CD's, books and world instruments. Toilets are available on site.
People are usually very honest at Oyé, but please keep an eye on all of your belongings at all times.
Pets are allowed on festival site if they are on a leash. Please keep your dog on a leash, they might not seem scary to you, but they can be scary to children and some adults too. Please keep any aggressive dogs away from the main festival site.
Where To Stay
There is no camping at this event. Liverpool has a wide range of accommodation from hotels to apartments to guest houses so why not stay for the weekend. For all tourist accommodation information visit: visitliverpool.com
Oyé is striving to make the festival more accessible for our disabled fans. This year for the first time we welcome Project Riandu who will be providing British Sign Language on stage to accompany each of our festival acts. Our high-definition big screen also makes a welcome return to assist those with visual impairments, and we have also increased the amount of stewarding around our disabled toilets.
Location and Travel
St Michels Train Station is 1 mile from the Park. Follow Belgrave Rd until you get to Aigburth Rd. Cross the road to Lark Lane, follow Lark Lane to the End. By Bus: 75 from Lime Street to Ullet Rd (bordering the park) every 10 mins, 80 from Lime Street to Ullet Road every 15 mins, 80A Lime Street to Ullet Road every 15 mins.
Directions from M62 - At the end of the motorway take the A5080 (merges with A5047) Edge Lane heading towards the City Centre. Continue straight ahead for about ¾ of a mile then turn left into Durning Road.
Continue straight ahead for ¾ mile through Tunnel Road, and then Lodge Lane. At the end of Lodge lane turn left into Croxteth Road, then take the first right into Croxteth Drive. You are now in Sefton Park. Continue left along Croxteth Drive and you will come to the site.
Parking: Please utilise Public Transport where possible as there is no parking in the immediate vicinity of the festival field.