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Africa Oyé breaks record with biggest-ever crowd

FESTIVAL OF FUN: Crowds enjoy the sun

AFRICA OYÉ broke its attendance records earlier this month with an incredible anniversary festival that brought more than 80,000 people to the beautiful surroundings of Sefton Park in Liverpool.

The ever-diverse Oyé crowd flocked from across the country and beyond to witness performances from some of the finest returning artists the festival has welcomed over its 25-year history, as well as specially invited guest and Sunday headliner Max Romeo.

The UK’s largest free celebration of African and Caribbean music showcased international artists from 12 countries on its main stage, in addition to a range of local acts across the field hosting workshops, DJ sets and dance battles.


The likes of Mokoomba, Jupiter and Okwess International and Odemba OK Allstars were supported by local acts Nutribe and Butcha B and Anwar Ali and Dave Owen, making the anniversary line-up not only a look to Oyé’s past, but a nod to the future as well.

Artistic Director, Paul Duhaney, who brought out his entire festival team on to the stage for an emotional closing speech, said:

“We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend for our 25th anniversary. The acts, the weather and an incredible audience – I don’t think we’ve had a festival quite like it across both days.”

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