Disabled Access

People wishing to attend Africa Oyé with disabled access do not need to purchase a ticket or an add-on PA/Carer ticket as the event is free. Africa Oyé is an outdoor, open air, music festival positioned on greenfield sites. Africa Oyé strives to be fully inclusive and at the event there are a number of facilities at the site to accommodate disabled guests needs.

Please note: Our disabled access facilities are for the specific use of customers with permanent disabilities who may not be able to use other facilities. These facilities are regulated so that they are used by the people they are intended for.

If you have any questions about the access and facilities at the festival, please email abbey@africaoye.com 

 

SITE ACCESS FACILITIES

Seating :  There is no seating on the festival site. Please feel free to bring blankets, folding chairs or anything which will add to your Oyé experience. We advise getting there early to find a good spot.

Toilets : There are accessible toilets located in both toilets blocks on site. We have stewarding around the toilet areas to ensure there is no abuse of the accessible toilets.

Special Effects : Flicker, laser, strobe lights and other lighting effects may be used during some of the performances. Please allow yourself plenty of time to leave the area if you need to.

Viewing Platform : To the side left of the stage, there will be a viewing platform. This service is solely for our disabled users and will be manned.

Site : The site is a greenfield site where there can be hilly grass sections meaning that sometimes access across the site is not that easy, especially in bad weather conditions. At times the ground may be uneven, especially in bad weather conditions or when it becomes muddy. The site is approximately 0.5 miles from one side to another.

Guide dogs are very welcome at the festival, and there will be water available for these dogs at the Access Tent.

First Aid : There will be a First Aid point on site, please head here for your medical needs.

Site Map

We are currently producing the official site map. If you do need this urgently, please contact Abbey on abbey@africaoye.com

 

 

SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETATION (inc. BSL video)

British Sign Language:We have representatives from Project Riandu who will be providing, where appropriate, BSL on stage at Africa Oyé. Due to the nature of our festival, the majority of the acts do not sing in English and therefore we will try our best to make sure where possible the service is available and explain important messages to our visitors.

Check out our 2017 BSL Video below (this year’s coming soon!)

This year, the fully interpreted BSL sets (covering English/ Patois/ Pidgin speakers) will be:
SATURDAY 16th June
Remee
Sonah Jobarteh
Rocky Dawuni
 
SUNDAY 17th JUNE
Staged Kaos
MC Nelson
Inner Circle
Everything else will be commentary of artists/music and the announcements as previous years.

 

FESTIVAL AUDIO DESCRIPTION – AUDIO SITE DESCRIPTION – CLICK HERE

ACCESS TENT

For the third year running we will have an Access Tent for people with disabilities, run by Project Riandu Volunteers. This is a place for people with disabilities and their carers to relax and find out festival information. You will be able to find this tent next to First Aid marked with a sign saying ‘Access Tent’. People with disabilities can make use of this tent for:

A space to relax: The Oye Access Tent will be a place where you can take a moment to relax, sit in the shade of a tent and have some time out from the festival. It will have a hard floor so is suitable for wheelchair users; there will also be a dog bowl of water for thirsty guide dogs.

Festival information: You will be able to get information about the festival in accessible formats. We will have large print schedules for those who need large print and a large print site map for easy navigation.

Toilet: There will be accessible toilets for those with disabilities, stationed by the access tent. This is strictly for use by people with disabilities and we trust that all festival-goers respect the importance of that provision.

Shelter from rain: The Access Tent will be a priority cover area in case of rain, if you do need assistance please do head to the Access Tent and the team will try their best to help.

Other: The Project Riandu Volunteers are there to help out, if at any point you need help or know anyone who needs assistance, please do visit the Access Tent and the team will try their best to help.

 

TRAVEL AND PARKING

People wishing to attend Africa Oyé can do so via a multitude of ways.

Please take care when travelling to and from the festival.

  • Driving:If you are driving to the festival site, it does get really busy so parking will be limited. Please aim to arrive early if you are relying on a parking space on site.
  • The Address of the park is, Review Field, Sefton Park, Croxteth Drive, Liverpool, L17 3AD.
  • Taxi:The drop off point for taxi’s is off Croxteth Drive then it is a short distance to the site. Please provide the postcode L17 3AD.
  • Pedestrian access:There are plenty of pedestrian access points to the festival site. The main entrance to the site can be found off Croxteth Drive. There are pathways around the grassfield site.
  • Public Transport
  • By Bus:There are a number of buses that will take you to Sefton Park.
  • Route 75 from Liverpool ONE Bus Station to Ullet Road runs every 10 minutes on Saturday and every 20 minutes on Sunday.
  • Routes 80/80A from Liverpool ONE Bus Station to Ullet Road combined services run every 10 minutes on Saturday and every 20 minutes on Sunday.
  • By Rail:The closest station to the festival site is St Michaels Station on the Hunts Cross Line. It is then a relatively short distance to the park.

For further details of the bus or rail timetables, call Travel line on 0151 236 7676 or visit gov.uk

If you have any questions about the access and facilities at the festival, please email abbey@africaoye.com

  • Entrance:There are plenty of pedestrian access points to the festival site. The main entrance to the site can be found off Croxteth Drive. There are pathways around the grassfield site. The festival is not ticketed so please come and go as you please.

We are currently producing the official site map. If you do need this urgently, please contact Abbey on abbey@africaoye.com

Our disabled access facilities are for the specific use of customers who may not be able to use other facilities available. These facilities are regulated so that they are used by the people they are intended for. Subject to availability, we will provide access on the day where possible for anyone who requires it. This includes but is not exclusive to guests who are:

  • Pregnant
  • Recently injured
  • Recovering from an operation
  • Elderly

Here is a bit of information that may help with your attendance

  • We always advise pregnant customers to consider the weather on the day of the festival. If it is sunny, there are limited spaces of shade on the festival site.
  • On arrival, all customers should make themselves familiar with the first aid/welfare points
  • Where possible we advise customers to stay out of the main crowded areas
  • Comfortable footwear!

On arrival and when departing, please stay to the side or maybe arrive and leave a little later to avoid the main egress of people entering or exiting.

If you have any questions about the festival or the facilities at the event, please feel free to email us on abbey@africaoye.comor call us on 0151 780 2009

Our office opening hours are 10 am – 4 pm Monday to Friday.

The information phone line is used for all of our outdoor events and is extremely busy all year round. If you are unable to get through, please leave a voicemail with your name, number, festival and the nature of your enquiry and we will call you back as soon as we can! Do not leave multiple messages like this will only slow the return process down.

Please DO NOT call this number for general festival enquiries as we will be unable to help this close to the festival.

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Project Riandu seeks to address a massive need – planning, fundraising and building a school for deaf teenagers in Riandu, Kenya. Their team consists of a collaborative partnership of individuals, passionately committed to a shared vision and a big mission. For more info, see the documentary here:


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