Africa Oyé have announced a partnership with Merseyrail, making it easier than ever for people to get to the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture taking place in Sefton Park this summer.
With the park in walking distance from St Michaels station on the Northern line, local residents and visitors from further afield alike can access the festival using the Merseyrail network. Bike & Go, the UK’s only national bike hire scheme, is available at both St Michaels and Aigburth stations, and another great way of getting there.
Jamaican reggae legend Frankie Paul and the UK’s Omar will be the headline acts at the festival, which is now just a few weeks away. They will be complemented by the usual eclectic ‘Oyé Village’, and there will be an array of foods from across the globe, as well as kids’ entertainment to keep Sefton Park buzzing throughout the weekend
Africa Oyé’s Artistic Director Paul Duhaney said: ‘We’re delighted to be working with Merseyrail again in 2015. With the festival audience growing year on year it’s vital that we promote and provide festival goers with sustainable transport options and this partnership allows us to do just that.’
Kaj Mook, customer services director at Merseyrail, commented: ‘Merseyrail is keen to support events such as Africa Oyé, which enhance Liverpool’s rich cultural offering. And, with a service as frequent as ours, being able to get to and from an event easily, conveniently and cheaply, simply adds to the overall enjoyment of a day out.’
Merseyrail offers a variety of ticket products at affordable prices. A family ticket for up to two adults and three children costs £10 and can be used on the network for an entire day. Day Savers start from £3.70 for adults or £1.85 for children. Both these tickets are off-peak and can be used after 9.30am Monday – Friday and all day on weekends and bank holidays.
You can visit www.merseyrail.org to check timetables or plan your journey. Alternatively, you can plan your journey using the Merseyrail App, and also get live departure times and directions to each station. The Merseyrail App is available to download for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android. You can also follow @merseyrail on Twitter for live travel information.