Africa Oyé returns to Sefton Park in June with an exciting line up

Africa Oyé returns to Sefton Park in June with an exciting line up

On 16th & 17th June 2018, Liverpool’s Sefton Park will once again be taken over by the Africa Oyé festival for two free days of fantastic live music, DJs, dance, workshops, food stalls and a range of traders in the Oyé Village.

The Africa Oyé festival is the biggest free celebration of African and Caribbean music and culture in the UK. Having grown from humble beginnings in 1992 as a series of gigs in the city centre, Oyé now attracts crowds of over 50,000 people from all over the world each year.

The full line-up for this year’s festival has been revealed with Ghana’s Rocky Dawuni and legendary Beninese group Orchestre Poly-Rythmo among the new acts announced.

Also included in the final wave of artists are Guinea-Bissau’s Nifeco Costa, Kasai Masai from DR Congo and Cuba’s Son Yambu, who make a welcome return to the festival after an acclaimed performance in 2013.

Africa Oyé’s Artistic Director, Paul Duhaney said of the line-up reveal, “We’ve been trying to get Rocky over to Liverpool for years now so it’s great to have such an influential figure on the line-up for 2018. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo are a perfect fit for a sunny Sefton Park Sunday…and anyone who didn’t catch Son Yambu five years ago is in for a real treat.

We first booked Kasai Masai for a UK show back in 2000 when they were first starting out so it’s a real homecoming to have them back on the Oyé stage again. And Nifeco Costa is an artist whose profile deserves to be a lot bigger so it’s great to be able to showcase his talents to our amazing festival audience”.

The 2018 Africa Oyé festival will take place on 16th and 17th June, 2018 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


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