Now in its 23rd year, the UK’s largest, free African music festival Africa Oye returns to Sefton Park once again this summer and organisers have unveiled the first 3 acts for the event, Omar, Mali’s BKO Quintet and Lindigo from Reunion Island. The two-day, family friendly event will take place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June 2015.
Described by The Sunday Times as the best festival of African and Caribbean music in Britain, Africa Oye attracted record crowds of around 80,000 in 2014 and has firmly established its position in the UK summer festival calendar.
Since first breaking through to worldwide renown all the way back in 1991 with his first releases on Gilles Peterson’s seminal Talkin’ Loud label, Omar has gone on to work with all manner of musical legends including a certain Stevie Wonder. His original techniques have garnered him a strong legion of followers in the UK and a devoted fan base in diverse regions across the world.
UK soul legend Omar will be joined by Mali’s BKO Quintet and Lindigo from Reunion Island.
Artistic Director, Paul Duhaney is excited at the challenge of following 2014’s record-breaking event. “Last year was a really special Oyé, there’s no doubt about that. I’m really looking forward to revealing the rest of our line-up for 2015 and proving that we can follow it with another spectacular festival”
The main stage acts will be complemented by the usual eclectic ‘Oyé Village’ featuring an array of foods from across the globe, traders, DJs, dance classes and workshops in the Active Zone, as well as kids entertainment to keep Sefton Park buzzing throughout the festival weekend.
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June 2015
12:30pm – 9:30pm both days
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