In 2016 London had been treated to its first Afropunk Festival and this year they return, bringing another very promising lineup to the UK capital.

Singer Songwriter and amazing guitar player Lianne La Havas at Love Supreme Jazz Festival. (Simon Jay Price)

Singer Songwriter and amazing guitar player Lianne La Havas (Simon Jay Price)

Spawned from a cult-classic documentary of the same title, it brought black-punks in America into the spotlight. Written and directed by James Spooner, it soon became a growing community with no boundaries of colour, gender, or any other constraining title. Utilising the web to promote free-thinking individuals, sharing a common ground of freedom and a great emphasis on activism and expression.

Afropunk festival is now so much more than where it started in 2005 in Brooklyn, as a free festival accessible to all. With its continued growth it went on to reach Atlanta and Paris before arriving in the UK and this year it grabs hold of Johannesburg on Dec 30-31st to bring in the new year.

Afropunk

Last year they gave us a headline performance from who I like to think of as a queen of Afropunk, Grace Jones, supported by a line-up of established and upcoming artists.

This year on July 22nd – 23rd Afropunk hits Printworks, London’s new 5000 capacity venue situated in the docklands area. Giving us a very full two-days of music, creatives, designers, food vendors and a market-place to celebrate this ever expanding culture.

Forward thinking musicians from the US include The Internet, Saul Williams, Danny Brown, Thundercat and Willow Smith. Whilst the UK represent a strong female presence with Corinne Bailey Rae, Lianne La Havas Nao, Nadia Rose and Mahalia, joining a diverse range of artists for the weekend.

For DJ sets we see the return of Hannah Faith, a debut from London’s Jazz Re:Freshed, leaders in the promotion of underexposed jazz and jazz-influenced acts. Alongside are Radio 1’s Clara Amfo, 1xtra’s Jamz Supernova and all female collective Gal-Dem and the legendary Don Letts

Don Letts (Simon Partington)

Don Letts (Simon Partington)

‘We, the people have a will to heal the divisions that threaten to reduce our dreams to ashes’.

AfroPunk London 22nd July – 23rd July 2017PRINTWORKS London 

PRINTWORKS : http://printworkslondon.co.uk/

 

SATURDAY 22

LIVE ACTS:

THE INTERNET

JME

THUNDERCAT

DANNY BROWN

THE HEAVY

LITTLE SIMZ

SAUL WILLIAMS

CORINNE BAILEY RAE

KOJEY RADICAL

NADIA ROSE

THE BOTS

LIAM BAILEY

THE OBGMS

 

BEATS & RIDDIMS BY:

JAZZIE B

DON LETTS

BLACKTRONICA

JAZZ REFRESHED

FAM

 

SUNDAY JULY 23 

LIVE ACTS:

LIANNE LA HAVAS

NAO

WILLOW SMITH

PETITE NOIR

SATE

CONNIE CONSTANCE

KIAH VICTORIA

MAHALIA

BLACK ORCHID

& more TBA

 

BEATS & RIDDIMS BY:

CLARA AMFO

HANNAH FAITH

JAMZ SUPERNOVA

GAL-DEM

BORN N BREAD

 

TICKETS : http://afropunkfest.com/london/tickets/

Live: Rotten Hill Gang @ The Forum Tunbridge Wells