Africa Oye

Africa Oyé is the UK's largest African culture festival, taking place in Liverpool and having run since 1992, expanding each year.

The festival prides itself in being a free celebration of cultural diversity.

Line Up

2012 line-up rumours, news and our predictions

Unfortunately the event has been cancelled:

"We are very sad to have to announce that due to heavy rain over the last few nights causing several Health and Safety issues in the set up of the festival site as well as the potential accidents that could happen over the weekend because of the weather, Africa Oyé has been forced to cancel this weekend's festival in Sefton Park.

The stage crew have been unable to put the stage up in the current conditions and the vehicles that have already driven onto the field have left much of the area unfit for the festival.

We are very sorry at having to let you know at this late stage but we hope you understand that it is out of the organisers' hands and no decision could be made until this afternoon and the early signs were promising. Unfortunately, more heavy rain this morning has tipped the scales out of Oye's favour. The decision was not taken lightly.


There WILL be an event happening this weekend away from the park - Africa Oyé is working on a contingency plan and we will bring you news as soon as it's been confirmed. Keep your eyes peeled to the social networks below"

2011 line-up and previous line-ups

Africa Oye 2011 featured Gangbe Brass Band, Kayrece Fotso, Zewditu Yohannes, Amkoullel The Fula Child. For the full line up click here.

For details of past line ups, click here


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 18th 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.

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. Pets are allowed on festival site if they are on a leash. Toilets are available on site.

Music Stages and Other Entertainment

As well as being able to enjoy the music, people of all ages and backgrounds have the chance to try dance, music and arts activities throughout the weekend led by top local and international companies.

There are dance and drum performances and workshops, holistic therapies, capoeira performances and workshops and it also features the Beatlife Percussion Troupe.

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.

Camping and Other Accommodation

There is no camping at this event. The Adelphi Hotel is a popular accommodation both with Oye artists and attendees alike. The hotel offers three star accommodations at the Liverpool City Centre.

Location and Travel

By Rail:

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.

By Road:

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.