NEWS: Africa Oye festival becomes another victim of the weather

Africa Oye the UK’s biggest celebration of African music has been cancelled as the poor weather has created dangerous conditions at its Sefton Park home. The free festival was due to take place this coming weekend Sat 23rd and Sun 24th June and tens of thousands of spectactors where expected to watch performances from a host of UK, African and Jamaican artists including Brindsley Forde and The Rasties.

A statement from the organisers read: “We are very sad to have to announce that due to heavy rain over the last few nights causing several Health and Safety issues in the set up of the festival site as well as the potential accidents that could happen over the weekend because of the weather, Africa Oye has been forced to cancel this weekend’s festival in Sefton Park. The stage crew have been unable to put the stage up in the current conditions and the vehicles that have already driven onto the field have left much of the area unfit for the festival. We are very sorry at having to let you know at this late stage but we hope you understand that it is out of the organisers’ hands and no decision could be made until this afternoon and the early signs were promising. Unfortunately, more heavy rain this morning has tipped the scales out of Oye’s favour. The decision was not taken lightly.”

There will be an alternative event happening this weekend away from the park – Africa Oye is working on a contingency plan and will bring you news via its social networks as soon as it’s been confirmed.

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