Everything you need to know about Africa Oyé 2018

The UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture takes place this weekend!

Sefton Park will come alive to the sights, sounds and amazing smells of African Culture and Heritage this weekend (16th-17th June 2018) as Africa Oyé 2018 kicks off two days of music, food and family fun.

With a full line up of international and homegrown artists taking to the Main Stage, a jam-packed Oyé Village with arts crafts, music, dance and of course, incredible food, plus DJ’s from around the globe, there’s something for everyone.

Following the record-breaking success of the 25th Anniversary Africa Oyé in 2017, the two day festival is brimming with entertainment and activities, and we’ve got your guide sorted.

Here’s everything you need to know about Africa Oyé 2018…..

1 – Where & When?

Africa Oyé 2018 takes place at Sefton Park on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June, gates open at 12:30pm and close at 9:30pm. It’s free entry across the weekend.

The nearest train stations are St Michael’s and Mossley Hill, click here for Merseyrail timetables. There are lots of bus routes operating across the city region that will get you to Sefton Park. Click here to check out the Merseytravel journey planner.

2 – Do’s & Don’ts

Do bring your dog along to enjoy the festivities, but please keep them on a lead. Do bring a small tent or gazebo to pop up and don’t forget to take all your rubbish home with you. Do keep an eye on the kids, it gets very busy and it’s easy for little ones to wander off. Don’t hesitate to contact a steward on the festival site for help with access throughout the weekend.

3 – What’s On

Main Stage Saturday

Get yourself a good spot right in front of Main Stage on Saturday and see the like of Juba Do Leao featuring Movema dancers, Liverpool’s own Remee and Mim Suleiman, Kasai Masai, Sona Jobarteh and Rocky Dawun as they bring Sefton Park to life.

Main Stage Sunday

Main Stage Sunday ignites the festival vibes again from 12:30pm with Staged Kaos Youth Theatre, followed by Oyé Introduces: MC Nelson. Throughout Sunday you will hear Nifeco Costa, Son Yambu, Lura and Orchestre Poly-Rythmo perform live until the bad boys of reggae, Inner Circle bring the festival to a close with a spectacular Africa Oyé finale at 8:15pm.

Africa Oye, Sefton Park


There’s now three bars on site at Africa Oye and the atmosphere will be absolutely jumping at Trenchtown as sounds of Ska, Reggae and Dub come together to form a belter bar soundtrack from a line -up of more than 15 international DJ’s playing from 12:30pm til 9:30pm, on both days. While you’re there, go for a mooch at the Oyé Inn and pick up some official merch – all the proceeds help to keep Africa Oyé free for all to enjoy.


Freetown returns to the Sefton Park festival site and hosts Africa Oye’s second bar. If you’re info the finest hip-hop, funk & soul, dub, reggae and Afro-centric sounds, this is the place for you. Local DJ’s take to the decks from 12:30pm and include Calisto, Thomas White and No Fakin’.

Afrobeats & One A Penny Zone

Afrobeats Liverpool promotes local artists and more traditional African music, and you can hear the likes of DJ Chento, DJ Acapony, Little Billy & Lieutenant, Code 1084 (DJ Shots & DJ Billy) and DJ Edu (BBC 1XTRA) play across the weekend.

Click here to see 5 artists you can’t miss at Africa Oyé this weekend.

5 – What’s On for Kids?

The Oyé Village is also the place to be when it comes to family friendly fun at Africa Oyé between 1pm-6pm. There’s storytelling, face painting, drumming workshops, arts & rafts and the chance to shake what yo momma gave you with free dance sessions too.

Keep your eyes peeled around the festival site for activities from Green Peace, The Liverpool Mental Health Consortium, Project Riandu and Festival 31.

6 – Wellbeing

There’s an entire programme dedicated to health and well-being at the Africa Oyé Active Zone and brand new for 2018, the Oyé Wellbeing Zone. Unlock the Box Youth Dance Battle encourages youngsters to shake their stuff, with some fab prizes to be won and you can indulge with reiki, massage and henna too.

7 – Food & Drink

Now with all this dancing, singing and chilling going on, you’re going to need a good feast to keep you going til 9:30pm. Africa Oyé offers up a culinary feast with authentic African, Mediterranean, Asian, English and Caribbean cuisine to tuck into – just imagine how good that’s going to smell n ever mind taste!

There’s everything from French crepe, baguettes, paninis, smoothies, cookies, donuts and pastries plus three bars and plenty of places to grab a coffee too.

Also on offer, more than 40 stalls across the festival will be selling arts, crafts, hats, clothing, jewellery and accessories. Make sure you hit up the atm on Lark Lane or Aigburth Vale on your way to Sefton Park and pick up some treats.

To see the full line up, check times and download the official Africa Oyé, HeyHub app, head to www.africaoye.com or follow @africaoye on Twitter for updates.

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