Africa Oyé, the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture takes place annually in Liverpool.

It’s back and it’s better. On June 18th and 19th prepare yourself for a weekend of jerk chicken, live music and lots of colour. Africa Oyé has national acclaim and is highly regarded as one of the best free music festivals in the UK. Beginning in 1992 as a series of small gigs in the city centre, the event has gone from strength to strength, moving to its present Sefton Park home in 2002 to cope with demand. Inspired by the negative connotations associated with Africa, this event aims to highlight the culture, heritage, music and of course, the food. A must-do on the Liverpool calendar.

Here’s just 8 reasons to be incredibly excited for this weekend of fun.

The Amazing Music

If there’s one thing you can guarantee at Africa Oyé, it’s good music. The weather may be doubtful, but the tunes aren’t. Expect vibes from Akala, Mbongwana Star, Sona Jobarteh and lots more. Full line up here.

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The Jerk Chicken

A delicious way to let a little bit of Jamaican sunshine into your life. One bite will transcend your tastebuds to Trenchtown. The Trenchtown Truck Company and Ragga’s Cuisine will be serving up Caribbean delights.

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The Culture

Africa Oye work so hard show the other side of Africa. The colourful, vibrant and welcoming side that are all about good times. In the process they end up bringing people from all walks of life together and we think that’s quite special, even if it’s just for a weekend.

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The Kids Area

Parents and kids will be equally pleased to hear about the new and improved area fully equipped with bouncy castles, face painting, fun activities and a new and improved Fun Fair to keep the kids entertained.

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The Drink

You put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up. With a rather generous splash of rum just for good measure, obviously. Expect wine stands, rum bars and more.

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The Oye Active Zone

The Oyé Active Zone returns for 2016. People of all ages and backgrounds will have the chance to try dance, music and arts activities throughout the weekend lead by top local and international companies. From Zumba to Katumba and everything in between, check the workshops here.

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The After Party

After the show is the after party. If you’re not ready for the fun to stop at Sefton Park, slide in on to town and head to 24 Kitchen St for the official after party. Expect dance floors moving across Africa and it’s diaspora, from Kingston to Cape Town, Lagos to London, Luanda to Rio. Info here.

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The Colour

When we think of Africa Oye we think of an explosion of colour. From the food to the clothes, everyone is out in full force in their most vibrant number. Amongst the food and drink, there will also be the Oyé merchandise stall. A great chance to pick up a colourful Dashiki or some accessories.

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For more details, head to the official website here.