Ahead of this year’s Gidi Culture Festival (Gidi Fest), billed to open on April 9, organisers have revealed Rema, Flavour and Naira Marley as headliners for the 2020 Edition of the festival.
Themed, Bringing it home, for the first time ever, Gidi Fest will be a multi-day event from April 9 to 11, at the Cricket Pitch, Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Lagos. It promises to be another packed programme immersing people in the culture, showcasing local talent, whilst pairing the most exciting artists in Nigeria, Africa and a selection of some the best UK and US act.
Rapidly rising teenage rapper Rema is set to kick things off on Day 1 of Gidi Fest: The Hangout. The Nigerian sensation is firmly leading the new generation of Afro-pop. Rema is here to energise the Gidi Tribe with trap and Afrobeats tracks such as Dumebi, Iron Man and Bad Commando and celebrate the sound of now.
A multi-instrumentalist, Flavour is set to fill the pitch with legendary vibes on Day 2: Rhythm & Soul, whilst reflecting the uplifting and inclusive ethos of Gidi Culture Fest. 15 years on into an illustrious career, that most recently saw him collaborate on tracks with Yemi Alade and Wizkid, Gidi Fest presents a rare chance to see this truly iconic performer live.
Naira Marley also makes his Gidi Fest debut this year, heading Day 3: Gbe Bodi e. Naira Marley stole the show at Wizkid’s Starboy Fest at the O2 Arena, headlined his concert in December and just sold out Marlian Fest London at the O2 Brixton Academy. His controversial single Am I A Yahoo Boy and hit track Soapy took Naira to a new level, after he was arrested in Nigeria with collaborator and Gidi Fest 2019 Next Gen artiste Zlatan, Naira Marley has become a charismatic symbol and leader for the young Marlians, who have had enough.
Gidi Culture Festival and Eclipse Live Co-Founder Chin Okeke said, “2020 is all about bringing it home, whilst also throwing the most global cultural celebration for the Gidi Tribe yet. A new venue, and 2 extra days, and so much exciting and important music, art, food and games to share.
It’s been a rewarding 7 year journey so far and everything just keeps growing year on year, to now be considered the biggest and most long standing festival in the region is an incredible achievement. We can’t wait to welcome more new people to Lagos than ever before, showcase the best creative artists in Africa, and show our thriving hometown of Lagos to the world during Lagos Music Week.”
Following on from iconic editions featuring the likes of Wizkid, Maleek Berry, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Teni, Diplo and Moonchild Sanelly, Gidi Fest 2020 is set to be its biggest yet.
Gidi Culture Festival is a leading African brand, born in Lagos with a global outlook. The annual Easter event celebrates the progression of urban youth culture in Africa, through an expression of music, food, art, games and travel.