AFROPUNK Festival is one of the most immersive, intense and culturally sophisticated musical experiences of the year. Initially a Brooklyn based celebration of arts and culture, the movement has quickly become a global phenomenon. What started on the streets of Harlem has spread to Atlanta, Paris, Johannesburg and London.
Their famous slogan is “No Sexism, No Racism, No Ableism, No Ageism, No Homophobia, No Fatphobia, No Transphobia, No Hatefulness”; it’s a mantra that tells you all you need to know about who the people who attend the festival are, and where they stand.
Long needing a space that authentically catered to black and alternative culture, the festival’s 2016 London debut was a massive success. There was appetite for the acts they brought, and the message they carried, and there is more of the same this year. 2017’s AFROPUNK will include performances from a starred list:
And that tells you one thing; the experience is going to be as intellectual as it is subversive and dynamic. All packed in a capsule lasting between July 22nd and July 23rd. The headline act for Saturday’s show will be American group, The Internet. The duo, consisting of Syd (formerly of Tyler The Creator’s ‘Odd Future’) and Steve Lacy (who has been making waves recently for his work on Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’). The musicians from Los Angeles were nominated for a Grammy for the Best Contemporary Urban artist in 2015 and have gained more attention recently for their alternative style. Born out of the Odd Future collective, the group emerged in 2011 with their debut project 'Purple Naked Ladies' which was released under the Odd Future label.
AFROPUNK itself will be expanding and take place in South East London at Printworks, which will include on-site stalls, food and other attractions. With a potent combination of soul provided by the likes of NAO, The Internet, and Corinne Bailey Rae sharpened by a raw edge provided by the likes of Nadia Rose and JME, the weekend is undoubtedly going to be energetic.
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