Africa Oyé 2019: Everything You Need To Know!

Africa Oyé 2019: Everything You Need To Know!

Africa Oyé 2019 – Everything you need to know ahead of this weekend’s festival

Africa Oyé 2019
Sefton Park, Liverpool
Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June 2019
12:30pm – 9:30pm both days / Admission: FREE

Funded by Arts Council England & Liverpool City Council

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“Perhaps Britain’s best free festival” – Clash Magazine

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This weekend sees the UK’s biggest FREE celebration of African and Caribbean music and culture take over Sefton Park as Africa Oyé returns for its 27th annual festival..

Topping the bill on the Saturday, and joining Oyé as part of Windrush Day, is Jamaica’s Horace Andy, a renowned singer-songwriter known as the ‘sweetest voice in reggae’ and for his long association with British trip-hop pioneers, Massive Attack.

Then on Sunday evening we’ll witness the boundary-pushing Garifuna Collectivefrom Belize closing this year’s festival. These two huge names will be joined by the likes of BCUC and Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda in what is an eclectic main stage line-up.

Local artists will also join the party with Liverpool’s emerging stars Tabitha Jade and Satin Beige making up the ‘Oyé Introduces’ programme.

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DJ Line-Up


Photo: Mark McNulty

First established in 2012, Trenchtown was the festival’s inaugural dedicated DJ stage, and it returns once again this year with the likes of One A Penny Sound, Bood N Bone and Stuart B all hoping on the decks as well as DJ Scratchy making his first Oyé appearance.

Trenchtown’s sister stage, Freetown, also returns to host a wealth of local DJs. DJ Mayeva, Jess Gascoigne, NoFakin’ and original Oye selector Robin Jackson are all back again, whilst Stepping Tiger and Elliot Hutchinson both make their Oyé debuts! Plus – look out for a guest PA from 2017 Oye Introduces artists NuTribe, backed by DJ Dave Butcher.

Be sure to visit both stages to sample the very best in Afrobeat, reggae, dub, funk, soul, hiphop and jazz.

FULL DJ LINE UP – CLICK HERE

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Oye Active Zone


Photo: Mark McNulty

This year, The Oyé Active Zone (OAZ) celebrates its 10 year anniversary with more fun things to do than ever before! In association with Liverpool’s leading world dance company Movema, the OAZ offers engaging dance workshops for all the family,. In addition, you practice yoga with JulianaBrazilYoga, learn from the Haitian wisdom ofWesli and feel the African rhythms with our ever-popular Unlock The Box.  People of all ages, abilities and backgrounds can try African and world inspired dance, music, and arts activities throughout the weekend led by top local and international companies.The whole cultural programme is focused on promoting health and well-being, learning and participation.

FULL OAZ LINE UP – CLICK HERE

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The Oyé Village & Traders


Photo: Mark McNulty

Oyé Village features authentic African, Mediterranean, Asian, English and Caribbean cuisine, traditional French crepes, baguettes, paninis, fresh fruit smoothies, cookies, hot donuts and pastries, and fresh ground coffee, stalls selling everything from arts, crafts, hats, clothing, jewellery and accessories, as well as face painting.

Like what you hear on the main stage? CDs from the artists and albums from around the globe can be bought from the News From Nowhere stall!

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Kids Area & Things To Do


Photo: Mark McNulty

At the festival this year there are plenty of things for children and families to get involved in! The Oyé Village features storytelling, face painting, drumming workshops, arts and crafts and so much more; all delivered by top local and international companies.

Kids of all ages will also have the chance to participate in our FREE music, dance, art and craft workshops. Look out for activities in and around the Oyé Active Zone, with dance classes all day; Incredible Oceans, telling critical ocean-saving stories, using arts and science.

And, take action on plastic with ‘Oyé’s Agile Plastic Tactics’- shred your drinks cup in to flakes, melt them in the molding machine, and pull the lever of the future. John Collins Fun Fairs will once again be on-site at Africa Oyé with rides and entertainment.

We will also be joined by The LFC Foundation with their ‘Open Goals’ Project, which offers FREE sporting activities for children and families.

Access and BSL


Photo: Mark McNulty

Africa Oyé is striving to make the festival more accessible for our disabled fans.Once againwe feature an Accessible Viewing Platform, British Sign Language on stage to accompany our festival acts, as well as a dedicated Access Tent featuring BSL workshops . Our on-stage high-definition video wall assists those with visual impairments and we have also increased the stewarding around our disabled toilets.

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Get even more festival information and plan your journey to Sefton Park – it’s the 2019 Festival Brochure AVAILABLE ONLINE NOW

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Photo: Mark McNulty

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HELP KEEP OYÉ FREE

This year, more than ever, with increased infrastructure costs across all areas of the event, your support is vital to the longevity of the festival. There are numerous ways you can help support Oyé, including:

– Donate via the Paypal button on the africaoye.com homepage
– Become a ‘Friend of Oye’ – click here for more info
– Buy official Oyé merchandise online or at the festival
– Buy a drink at one of the Oyé Inns
– Donate whatever you can in the Oyé charity buckets carried by our volunteers on-site
– Join us at our pre and after parties
– Volunteer at the festival
– Online shopping on Amazon? Do so via smile.amazon.co.uk and pick Africa Oye as your chosen charity!

If we all do just one of these things, it’ll be a great step towards keeping Oyé alive and well for years to come. We are a registered charity and as such, all proceeds are reinvested into the organisation.

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The 2019 Africa Oyé festival will take place on 22nd and 23rd June, 2019 in Liverpool’s Sefton Park from 12:30pm til 9:30pm both days and entrance is FREE. For more information on the festival and other events held across the country by Africa Oyé please visit africaoye.com


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