#GidiFest16 went down on Saturday, March 26, cementing its producers, Eclipise Live Africa, as industry leaders. The third annual Gidi Fest 2016 was the best one yet.
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 center 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, a few minutes later both #GidiFest2016 and #TiwaSavage were trending on Twitter. 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.
For those who missed the festival and those who want to relive the experience, MTV BaseAfrica will be airing a one hour special from next week, while videos of performances will be shared along with the After Movie in the coming weeks. For a full list of performers, check out the Gidi Fest website.
In just three years Eclipse Live Africa has created not just Africa’s biggest beach party, but Nigeria’s foremost music festival. The organisers look forward to bringing both Nigeria and Africa, world-class music and events for many years to come.
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Gidi Fest 2016 was brought to you by Eclipse Live, Eko Atlantic, Lagos State and Heineken with support from Red Bull, Mikano, Eko Hotel, Hyperia, HRG and Skyy Vodka.
Media Partners included Beat FM, Bella Naija, City FM, DSTV, Guardian Life, Cool FM, Linda Ikeji, MTV Base, NotJustOk, OkayAfrica, Pulse, Rhythm FM, Silverbird, Style Vitae and Top Radio.
This is a feature by Gidi Culture.