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Africa Oye Festival cancelled due to bad weather

Africa Oye Festival cancelled due to bad weather

Liverpool’s Africa Oye Festival due to be held this weekend Sat 23-Sun 24th June has been cancelled at the last minute due to poor weather. The festival is the largest African themed event in the UK and attracks crowds of over 10,000 per day, with many people travelling long distances to be present – Artists scheduled to perform this year include Brinsley Forde, The Rasites and Yabba Funk.

In a statement on the festival site the organisers stated:

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 Oyé 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 Oyé’s favour. This decision was not taken lightly.

However there is a Plan B…

Liverpools legendary venue The Picket has stepped in to offer some help, as such there will be a much smaller and still FREE event at The Picket, Jordan Street, Liverpool

The Africa Oyé Block Party @ The Picket from 5pm til 11pm
Saturday 23rd June @ The Picket, Jordan Street, Liverpool

The original Saturday festival line up will be performing and there will be a selection of stalls from the Oyé Village

DJ’s from the Oyé Inn will be performing
@ The Blade Factory from 5pm til 11pm

Over 18s only inside both venues
FREE admission

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