Summer festival guide for African music lovers

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This festival season has so many treats for world and African music lovers! And there’s nothing quite like enjoying some good music, outdoors in the sun (or rain!).

There are four UK festivals that have our attention – with eclectic line-ups including musicians from, or heavily influenced by, the African continent.

The diversity doesn’t stop at the music. These events give you the opportunity to treat your palate to familiar and new taste sensations; feast your eyes on unique arts and crafts; engage in games and workshops; or indulge in something more chilled out, like listening to a talk, watching some theatre or getting pampered!

Whatever you’re into, we believe one of these festivals will have something for you, and your family. With a good injection of African vibes!


Field Day

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Date: 11 – 12 June
Location: Victoria Park, London

Why go: “Over the last decade Field Day has slowly become one of London’s very best music festivals, with a consistently excellent booking policy covering the world’s finest alternative acts.” — TimeOut

Artist line-up. Shown here: Mbongwana Star and Orchestra Baobab.

Plus: village green games, sideshows, competitions, food and drink markets (yes, plural!).


Africa Oyé

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Date: 18 – 19 June
Location: Sefton Park, Liverpool

Why go: This isn’t just the largest festival of African and Caribbean music in Britain, it’s the best’ — The Sunday Times
“Perhaps Britain’s best free festival” — Clash Magazine

Artist line-up. Shown here (clockwise from top left): Mbongwana Star, Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band and Ifa Band.

Plus: over 40 stalls selling food, drink, arts, crafts and fashion, from Africa and beyond.


WOMAD festival

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Date: 28 – 31 July
Location: Charlton Park, Wiltshire

Why go: As the organisers themselves suggest – reasons to go to WOMAD:
#1- To listen to the best music you have NEVER heard before.
#2- Tour the World in 80 hours.
#3- Take the kids for FREE (somewhere they can run free)
#4- To stay in 5 star luxury in a field and fall asleep under the stars.

Artist line-up. Shown here (clockwise from left): Blick Bassy, Chouk Bwa Libète (2 images), BALOJI, Wiyaala and Lura.

Plus: spa, World of Children, arboretum, global street food, World of Words, art installations.


Wilderness

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Date: 4 – 7 August
Location: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

Why go: “a world of creativity and culture, of festival and flora, of ideas and identity … a balance between relaxation and revelry, artistic refinement and simple pleasures.”

Artist line-up. Shown here (clockwise from top left): Batch Gueye, Nubiyan Twist and Kasai Masai.

Plus: food and drink, talks and debates, theatre and arts, workshops and wellbeing.


Don’t forget your festival essentials!

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Embody the festive spirit with these patterned beauties. From top:

Mini Nsibidi cushions – great for a little bit of comfort on the go and, small enough to fit in your large Toghal tote! This will come in handy for your drive/train ride to the festival location; for naps on the grass and; a better night’s sleep if you’re camping.

Makeup and wash bags – great for storing toiletries that will keep you feeling and looking fresh. Check out some of our favourite beauty brands here.

Tote bag – much roomier than it looks! Picnic blanket, water bottle, mini cushion (see below), cardigan, sunscreen, sunglasses, your bits and bobs … there’s probably still some room to spare! Show us how you use yours by posting a social media picture with the hashtag #toghaltravels.

Umbrella – as much as our fingers are crossed for dry, sunshiny festival days, we do live in the UK after all!


Enjoy yourselves! Let us know if there’s more African music on your festival radar that we should share.

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