Sefton Park’s Africa Oyé festival is Free once again

Organisers of Africa Oyé the UK’s biggest African Music Festival have announced that the controversial decision to charge a small entry fee to this year’s event has been reversed and the festival will again be free and unfenced this year.

The reasons for the charge were due to rising costs and new regulations in order to keep the festival afloat. Oyé have always maintained that they would love to keep the festival as a free event, and now, against all odds they have managed to again make this a reality.

“We are delighted that we have been able to pull this off, and we offer huge thanks to all our supporters and our sponsors.” PAUL DUHANEY, Africa Oyé Festival Director

Africa Oyé promoters have thanked Liverpool City Council, the European Regional Development Fund, Arts Council England, and our sponsors for their support.

Tickets purchased online will be automatically refunded. Those who have bought tickets in person should contact if they would like a refund.

In another massive announcement Oyé have confirmed reggae legend Marcia Griffiths is on board to headline the festival this year.

Known as “The Queen of Reggae”, Griffiths’ illustrious career has spanned six decades both as a solo artist and in collaboration with other top reggae performers. As the duo Bob and Marcia, Griffiths and Bob Andy hit #5 in the UK charts with their 1970 hit “Young Gifted and Black”. From there she moved on to sing with the I-Threes supporting Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Her classic hit “Electric Boogie” spawned international dance craze The Electric Slide and reached #51 on the Billboard Hot 100. Not only was this her most successful single, it still reigns as the highest selling single by a female reggae singer.

The UK’s largest celebration of African music and culture takes place at Sefton Park on Sat 18th and Sun 19th June 2011

Entry: 12:30pm-9:30pm on both days
Admission: FREE

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