Liverpool’s rainfall over the past few days has been heavy and relentless, and numerous forecasts tell us that it isn’t about to finish any time soon, but will continue throughout the weekend. It is therefore with heavy hearts that the organisers of Liverpool’s Africa Oyé Festival have announced the cancellation of this weekend’s festival.
Given the sheer amount of rain, the venue (Sefton Park) has suffered enough to raise concerns over Health and Safety issues, especially given the high capacity of people who were to attend. Vehicles that have travelled across site to help set up have had difficulty in doing so, and the mud has been churned up enough to make it difficult to use freely – the stages have yet to even be put up according to a statement released due to the poor weather conditions.
Whilst we in the office are upset about the cancellation and having to change our plans, our thoughts go towards to the fact that this was due to be the 20th anniversary of the festival, and to the incredible amount of time and effort that goes in to such a costly event. We will look forward to next year.