The year’s most long-awaited event is finally here as the Mauritian community is once again gearing up for the Mauritian Open Air Festival on July 31st. This year’s event is set to welcome over 7,000 people from across the UK and as far away as Europe as festival-goers come to enjoy the unique Mauritian atmosphere.
This year’s line-up is bigger than ever. However, there is one artist’s name that will be on everyone’s lips. Alain Ramanisum will make his only appearance in the UK this year at the Open Air Festival and as arguably the most famous and successful Mauritian singer of his generation, festival organisers are expecting huge crowds on the day. A video of his performance at an event in Mauritius can be viewed below.
The former Cassiya singer who launched his extremely successful solo career back in 2000 has been back in the studio recently, with his latest album “Lever Danser” proving to be as popular as his previous albums. The prospect of singing in front of a huge crowd in London is an exciting one as he recently said, “I want to thank them for their tremendous support during all the years. I have been there quite a few times and I have always been welcomed in a great way. I look forward to seeing you all once again in July.”
Joining Alain on stage will be Laura Beg- an up and coming singer who has made quite an impact in the industry already. Having sung backing vocals for Cassiya and Alain Ramanisum, she became a hit singer in her own right with popular songs such as Aimer Jusqu’a l’impossible and Oté Kafrin. Her beautiful voice is set to win her even more fans here in the UK.
Reggae and Seggae fans can look forward to a performance from Ras Ton Vie, who had his career breakthrough with the instant classic “Peros Vert”- song of the year in Mauritius back in 2009. Ton Vie will be bringing his inspirational lyrics to the Open Air stage in what’s set to be a truly special performance.
Feisty girl band Serese is also set to perform at this year’s festival. Tipped to be the next big girl group in the UK, Serese is made up of three friends, Anita, Anu and Mandeep who grew up together in West London. With their unique urban sound and eclectic mix of R&B, soul and pop beats with an Asian twist, this is a great chance to catch a glimpse of these rising stars.
Completing the line-up on the day is the popular Omaz Sega Band, set to back up Alain Ramanisum once again on stage, as well as the well-known Sega Blues Band. The Jalsa Des Iles Sega Band and dancers, who wowed football fans at a Crawley Town FC match earlier in the year, will also perform as well as other Sega and dance troupes. With a fashion show also taking place, it will be a truly paced schedule on stage.
Of course it wouldn’t be a Mauritian day out without Mauritian cuisine. This year there will be even more food stalls on hand to provide the very best of Mauritian food. Port Louis Bar will this year be hosting the Phoenix beer tent where there will be other Mauritian beverages also available including Green Island rum. For the underage there will also be an impressive funfair featuring all their favourite rides, meaning everyone in the family will be truly catered for.
The Mauritian Open Air Festival looks set to be another historic event in the Mauritian community’s calendar so make sure to get their early to secure a good viewing spot. Check out our tips below to make the most of the day.
Get there early. Parking is free on the surrounding streets, but with so many people expected, finding a parking space later in the day will be tricky. Don’t forget, Down Lane Park is literally 2 minutes walk from Tottenham Hale Station so is easily accessible by tube or train.
Buy your tickets in advance. The queues to gain entry to the Festival are famous for being huge on the day. Avoid the queues and make sure you don’t miss any of the acts.
Mauritian Open Air Festival
Sunday 31st July from 12pm
Adults: £5, kids under 10 are free
Down Lane Park
Park View Road
For tickets call 0843 289 4421