Top 6 Musical Concerts & Festivals In Nigeria for 2019

Updated: Nov 6, 2018

Musical Concerts, properties and festivals are fast developing in to a multi-million Naira industry in Nigeria, with the potential to grow even bigger. The growing vibrancy and influence of Nigeria's Afrobeats genre of world music is creating a wave of efforts to build lasting live music event properties. We take a look at six of such musical properties.

The live music concert and festival scene is growing rapidly and despite the economic slow down, the young demographic within Nigeria continues to demand quality entertainment. While several smaller, and particularly single artiste own shows and concerts have now become staples of the entertainment calendar, a select few have become established multiple artiste platforms with resounding success for the promoters as well as the brands and vendors that support them. Here are our our Top Six in no particular order.

“For all lovers of Afrobeat, and its recent descendant Afrobeats, the annual birthday celebration of the legendary Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti, tagged Felabration, has now become an established musical pilgrimage to celebrate the legacy of the late musical icon and the musical genre he founded.”

Lagos International Jazz Festival

The Lagos International Jazz Festival (LIJF), also known as Lagos Jazz Fest, and not to be confused with the Lagos Jazz Series, is an annual celebration of the music and culture that takes place in Lagos. Held since 2008, the Lagos International Jazz Festival is a three-day event founded by Ayo Sadare CEO of Inspiro Productions. The 2016 festival was split between a two-day standard edition held at Freedom Park and a one-day luxury edition happening at The Bay Lounge Waterfront, Lekki with both events commencing at 6pm. Musicians featured at the festival (either as guests or performers) include Asa, Courtney Pine, Freshly Ground, Beat Kaestli and Grammy Award winning artistes such as Lekan Babalola and Jermaine Jackson among others. The 2017 Jazz festival incorporated in its programme Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) and International Jazz Day, while the 2019 edition is planned to focus on how Jazz can help confront the hazards of illegal youth migration, and help re-affirm the promise of Africa's youth on the continent.

Ayo Sadare Of The Lagos International Jazz Festival

Afropolitan Vibes

Afropolitan Vibes is a live music concert series & annual music festival in Lagos, Nigeria. The show was created by Ade Bantu and Abby Ogunsanya in 2013 as a platform to showcase alternative music. Every edition features three or four contemporary singer/songwriters, vocalists or musicians who perform mostly original works that are firmly rooted in African musical origins of Afrobeat, Afrofunk, Afro-hiphop, Afro-pop, and Highlife. All acts perform with the 13 piece Bantu collective. No miming is allowed at the shows. From 2013 to 2017 Afropolitan Vibes had a monthly residency at the now popular art and creative space Freedom Park, a former British Colonial Prison on Lagos Island. In May 2017 the producers of the show announced a change of venue to Muri Okunola Park in Lagos and that the concert series would now hold every third Friday of each quarter. Afropolitan's appeal to the swanky Lagos professional class sets it apart as a quality property redefining the city's cosmopolitan image.