With its recent Gidi Festival, Eclipse Live Africa has booked its place as one of the leading producers of quality entertainment packages in Nigeria. The third annual Gidi Fest has been touted as the best yet. Over 3,000 attendees were treated to an unforgettable Las Gidi experience.
During the day, the music served as a perfect backdrop to activities including beach soccer and volleyball tournaments, an art installation and food court. As the sun went down, the music took centre stage.
Gidi Fest’s main stage opened with comedian Ogbolor. With their dynamic energy, the hosts, Nigeria’s Sensei Uche and Skhanda Queen, Nomuzi kept the crowd entertained from opening to closing. By 7pm headliner Tiwa Savage was serving hits from both of her albums. Tiwa’s performance got the audience raving. This was just the beginning of the night.
Other performances of the night included Phyno, IKON, Chopstix, GGB Dancers, 2 Star General and Godwin Strings. An incredible set from Yemi Alade, reminded everyone she’s one of the continent’s best artists. South Africa’s finest, K.O and Riky Rick, graced the stage with the crowd dancing and rapping along to their hits. As midnight hit, fireworks painted the sky and Poe and Funbi performed some of the Collectiv3 LP’s best tracks.
Followed by Adekunle Gold, it was a triple header for the ladies. Rachel Kerr, a celebrated vocalist from London, gave an emotive performance to ring in the Easter holiday. The crowd cheered as Timaya hit the stage performing his greatest hits. Next came Small Doctor’s memorable performance where he climbed the stage pillars to everybody’s surprise. With the help of the GidiSquad, Heineken presented the Take Over alongside DJ OBI.
Gidi Fest ’16 closed with global superstar Dbanj who has broken countless chart records. With one of the most enviable catalogues in music, Dbanj’s set stretched from 20 minutes to 45 minutes as the Koko Master took the crowd through songs spanning his decade plus career. Bringing super fans on stage and hosting a dance competition, Dbanj closed out Gidi Fest ’16 by bringing the festival vibes to a roaring high-point. On Saturday, Lagos came alive.
Gidi Fest (Gidi Culture Festival) was founded by Chin Okeke, Teme Banigo and Bimbo Shittu, with the intention of providing live, affordable and accessible entertainment to African youth. Realising the demand for quality entertainment is not class specific, Gidi Fest works to break down socioeconomic barriers with an entertainment offering that appeals to all youth-minded individuals. This platform curates and represents African music and culture with the goal of exporting the culture to a global audience.