The UK's largest celebration of African music and culture, taking place in Liverpool because why not?
Want to hear African music but left your passport down a sofa which you've now sold to a person whose phone number you've lost? Well, you're in luck, because Africa Oye takes place in Liverpool, and you won't need any passport to go there.
Starting in 1992 as a series of small gigs, the fest has grown in size and has been located in Sefton Park since 2002. Parks are generally bigger than gig venues.
While African music is the mainstay of the festival, other genres/regions are represented, with South American, Caribbean, Soca and Reggae all included. What's more, there are tonnes of stalls (about forty) with food, drink, arts and crafts, so the whole shebang is a cultural experience not even The Culture Show could match. Shebang!
Check out the Oye merch. It's cooler than James Dean
How do I get there?
If you're cycling to Africa Oyé, please see the map/follow the directions on this page. You can always use Citybike, the 24 hour on-street bike hire service, providing bicycles for hire for residents and visitors from an increasing number of automated stations across Liverpool city centre and the surrounding area. Visit citybikeliverpool.co.uk
Getting the train to Oyé couldn’t be easier with Merseyrail. Sefton Park is within walking distance from St Michaels station on the Hunts Cross line. Take the Northern Line towards Hunts Cross and get off at St Michaels. Walk down Belgrave Road to Aigburth Road, then cross the road onto Lark Lane and walk the full length of Lark Lane and you’ll come to Sefton Park. The walk is about 1 mile.
With a £10 Family Ticket up to two adults and three children can enjoy unlimited off-peak travel on the Merseyrail network for an entire day. Or get the train with a Day Saver ticket, which start from £3.70 for adults or £2.45 for children for all day off-peak travel. These tickets can be used after 9.30am Monday - Friday and all day on weekends and bank holidays.
Alternatively, you can plan your journey using the Merseyrail App, and also get live departure times and directions to each station. The Merseyrail App is available to download for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android. Visit merseyrail.org
There are a number of buses that will take you to Sefton Park on Saturday and Sunday. Route 75 from Liverpool ONE Bus Station or Great Charlotte Street to Ullet Road runs every 10 minutes on Saturday, every 20 minutes on Sunday. Routes 80 and 80A from Liverpool ONE Bus Station or Great Charlotte Street to Ullet Road combined services run every 10 minutes on Saturday, every 20 minutes on Sunday.
For full details of the bus or rail timetables call Traveline on 0151 236 7676 or merseyrail.org
Set your SatNav to L17 3AD. At Sefton Park turn onto Croxteth Drive and you will arrive at the Oyé site and a drop-off point. If you have a space in your car, or you are in need of a lift, check out GoCarShare.com
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