Gidi Culture Fest Review


Dubbed the “African Coachella”, Gidi Culture Festival, its the biggest one-day music festival in West Africa.  Attracting the likes of Wande Coal, DJ Obi, Sarz Patoranking, Niniola, Teni the entertainer, Moonchild Sanelly, DJ Neptune and more.

Wande Coal, heralded by OkayAfrica as an unrivalled voice in Nigerian pop, dominated the Landmark Beachfront. Wande offered a distinctive sound and a track record of releasing huge international hits. His collaborations include everyone from Wizkid, Burna Boy, London’s P Montana and Patoranking - who also shares the stage at Gidi Culture Fest this year. Wande Coal originally broke through on Don Jazzy’s Mo’ Hits Records 10 years ago and has since grown to be a true leader in the scene. He definitely bought high tempo tunes and endless energy.

Nigerian beat maker Sarz is another leader in the worldwide afrobeats movement, whose unique and inventive approach has seen him produce tracks for the likes of Drake and Wizkid, as well as a host of street anthems for Tekno, Wande Coal and Burna Boy. Being the man behind Come Closer and One Dance - the first song ever to rack up over a billion streams on Spotify - his credentials speak for him. Sarz is always working behind the scenes on breaking new talent and is currently pushing Niniola forward for big things in 2019.

DJ Obi bought a level of dedication to his craft that is officially unrivalled in the business. The Nigerian DJ is world famous for holding the Guinness World Record for the longest DJ set, which was performed in Lagos for 10 straight days. Since then he’s been busy touring Europe and performing for Boiler Room and the likes of Tinie Tempah.

Firmly at the forefront of the afrobeats movement, the Gidi Fest experience has been dubbed as Africa’s answer to Coachella and boasts a history of booking the biggest global stars including Wizkid, Davido, Diplo and Burna Boy - whilst providing a platform for the most exciting NextGen artists, including for 2019:

LAX, Zlatan, Barelyanyhook, Blaqbonez, Boogey, Andre Mussic, Dami Oniru, Dunnie, DJ Nana, DJ TMSK, Famous Bobson, Flash, GoodGirl LA, Mich Straaw, Mo’Believe, Organya, Oladapo, Oma Mahmud, Wani, Crowd Kontroller, Psycho YP, Tems.

Gidi Culture Fest brings an unrivalled opportunity to discover the culture and energy behind the music blowing up around the world right now - a place to experience the urban youth movement driving the next global stars from Nigeria. Now in its 6th year, the Lagos event will be the biggest yet and expects to share the future of African music with even more international visitors than ever before.

Steve Ayorinde, the Lagos State’s Honourable Commissioner of Tourism has officially endorsed the festival, by saying:

“Gidi Culture Festival is one of the state’s flagship events in this Easter programme of cultural events. By demonstrating the creative energy of the musical arts and our teeming youths it further promotes the image of our state as a prime destination and powerhouse of creative economy”

Beyond the line-up, Gidi Culture Festival served as a touchstone for a whole youth culture movement in Lagos, celebrating the best in music, fashion, food, art and games. Since its inception in 2014, this essential annual festival has continually pushed the culture for African music and is growing in size and reputation every year.

Gidi Culture Festival and Eclipse Live Co-Founder Chin Okeke said:

“We are excited by the sheer diversity of the acts we’re announcing this year, it’s going to be a hell of a show. 2019 will see a return to our roots of promoting the future of African music, whilst many returning acts who have grown in leaps and bounds since the last time they graced the Gidi Fest stage. Expect a beautifully curated experience with a big focus on the culture around the music.”

Now with an outdoor venue capacity of 10,000 fans, and with more big names and experiential programming still to be revealed, the Gidi Tribe can expect something unforgettable this Easter weekend.

Here are some of the highlights from this year's festival.


Words: Ash Allibhai

Images courtesy of Gidi Fest 

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