The London leg of AFROPUNK will be held over the 22 – 23 July at Printworks in London. A year on from the incredibly successful opening AFROPUNK London, the festival looks to be even better in 2017.
AFROPUNK is all about creating a space for being proudly Black in an alternative scene that doesn’t usually provide for Black artists. There is a huge emphasis on accessibility and creating a welcoming atmosphere for all the festival goers. AFROPUNK started in Brooklyn and has been on a round the world journey ever since.
AFROPUNK put on an amazing show last year. Held in the beautiful Alexandra Palace, there were performances from Laura Mvula, Soulection, SZA, Grace Jones (to name a few) and pop up stalls from Gal-Dem, Stop the War and various clothing/art boutiques. It was the only festival with impromptu dance battles, professional hula hoopists, the best dressed festival goers and tasty Caribbean food served all day (say no to overpriced burgers).
In my opinion, the best thing about AFROPUNK is the community. Everyone attends to have a good time, express themselves and celebrate good music. No other festival can compare. The warmth of the AFROPUNK community reflects the festival’s ability to curate inclusive and diverse events in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Paris and now London.
It’s easy to get excited by a lineup that includes Lianne Las Havas, Nadia Rose, Little Simz, JME, Thundercat, Kojey Radical and much more. Then add in the impressive contemporary art installations and the unrivalled festival community and attending AFROPUNK London really becomes a no brainer.
Tickets are on sale here. You can also earn a ticket by volunteering for the AFROPUNK ARMY. In return for helping organisations that work on systems of oppression, LGBTQ+ rights and gentrification, you can receive a free ticket.