SevenStreets generally manages to miss Africa Oye and the event, which takes place in Sefton Park, has often fallen foul of the great British summer.

We’re usually to be found strapping on pads and polishing leather at the nearby cricket club, but the carnival atmosphere provides a fantastic backdrop to a day running around a field.

This year we aim to go one better and take full advantage of the diverse line-up and workshops – an altogether more pleasing sound of Africa than 10,000 vuvuzelas.

And if it all gets a bit much, we’re heading for massage in the Calm Zone.

Thursday 17 June

Official Festival Launch Party at The Picket

Featuring Boukman Eksperyans and Ti Coca

Saturday, Sunday 12.30–21.30, 19-20 June at Sefton Park

Africa Oye featuring Gangbe Brass Band, Boukman Eksperyans, Victor Démé, Les Espoirs de Coronthie, Carlou D, Andrew Tosh, Michael Rose and many more.

www.africaoye.com