Africa Oyé 2016

Beginning in 1992 as a series of small gigs in Liverpool’s city centre, the event has consistently grown in size and popularity, forcing a move in 2002 to its present home in Liverpool’s picturesque Sefton Park. Africa Oyé has one live music stage, hosting UK débuts for artists such as Tinariwen and Ba Cissoko. The festival has also attracted a wealth of international artists to Merseyside, including Bonga and Luciano. A wide range of DJs can also perform throughout the weekend at Trenchtown. The year 2016 marked the 24th anniversary of Africa Oyé and the celebration of African and Caribbean music and culture, the biggest of its kind in the UK. Not only was 2016 the 24th annivseray it also saw Africa Oyé break its previous single-day attendance record, over 40,000 people traveled to Sefton Park for the event. An event such as this attracts big names such as DJ Edu, Akala and Randy Valentine to only name a few. Other local acts such as Katumba reinvigorised the crowds with their energetic percussion performance to help those attending the Oyé after party which carried on late into the evening. 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.

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