first acts announced for free Africa Oye Festival

Finley Quaye, Jupiter & Okwess International, Wara, & HAJAmadagascar

By Scott Williams | Published: Mon 10th Mar 2014

Africa Oye Festival 2014 - Finlay Quaye
Photo credit: Andy Pitt

Africa Oye Festival 2014

Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd June 2014
Sefton Park, Liverpool, Merseyside, L17 1AP, England MAP
Daily capacity: 20,000

Finley Quaye will headline Saturday night at the FREE Africa Oye Festival which returns to celebrate its 22nd year. Held on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd June, it features artists from nations right across Africa, and also from South America and The Caribbean will play in Liverpool's Sefton Park during the two day family-friendly celebration of cultural diversity.

Headliner Finley Quaye said, "It's an honour to be headlining Africa Oye in Liverpool; Songwriter City as I often refer to it. It's a privilege for us to be gracing the stage in Sefton Park; a park I often talk about and we are also blessed to be part of such a prestigious event and line up."

The first acts also include Jupiter Bokondji and Okwess International, Wara, and HAJAmadagascar & The Groovy People.

Paul Duhaney, Africa Oye Festival Director said, "There are some stunning artists coming to perform in Liverpool from Africa and all over the diaspora in 2014. We've got more fantastic traders and stalls and of course the best festival audience in the UK."

Beginning in 1992 as a series of small gigs in the city centre, the event moved to its present Sefton Park home in 2002 to cope with demand. With too many negative representations of Africa produced by images of war, disease, poverty and famine, Oye seeks to instead highlight the fantastic range of cultures, foods, music and artists that make this great continent one of the most vibrant and inspiring in the world.

The festival is a truly international event that harnesses the spirit of multiculturalism and tolerance. It has played host to artists from nations right across Africa and also programmes music from South America and The Caribbean with Salsa, Soca, and Reggae always being popular additions to the festivities.

This year Africa Oye will be bigger and better than ever! The family friendly, non camping show features workshops, Oye Active Zone, DJ tent, world cuisine and Oye Traders Market on top of the sterling main stage line up.

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