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.
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.
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
‘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/
CORINNE BAILEY RAE
BEATS & RIDDIMS BY:
SUNDAY JULY 23
LIANNE LA HAVAS
& more TBA
BEATS & RIDDIMS BY:
BORN N BREAD
TICKETS : http://afropunkfest.com/london/tickets/