The official line-up has been announced for this year’s Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn, which sees SZA, Sampha, Thundercat, KAYTRANADA, Sango, Michael Kiwanuka, Dizzee Rascal, Willow Smith and more making appearances. Also: certain outlets are claiming that Mary J. Blige will be taking to the stage as well.
Afropunk Brooklyn takes place in Commodore Barry Park 26th to 27th August. Get more information (and tickets) here.
Afropunk is on a world takeover. The Brooklyn festival — having already expanded its reach to Atlanta, Paris and (most recently) London — has announced that it’ll be kick-starting its African leg in Johannesburg. Nothing else is known except that it’s planned to take place this December…in the meantime, you can stay up-to-date via this mailing list (as we will).
The forthcoming London leg of Afropunk sends off a loud-and-clear message with this: following the removal of M.I.A., the festival has announced the very dope Grace Jones as the new headliner. Even better, the likes of Laura Mvula, The Noisettes, MNEK, Kwabs and Lady Leshurr have also been added to the cultural line-up, making for what should be a great event when everything goes down 24th September at Alexandra Palace.
Check out more information at Afropunk’s official website.
After a fairly weird back-and-forth between M.I.A. and her detractors (which sparked from comments made about the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, which you can read here), Afropunk has ultimately decided to remove the artist as their inaugural headliner. You can read the full statement (which also revealed what’s to come next) below.
AFROPUNK has always stood side by side with the thousands of people globally who are involved with our events each year, from the fans attending an AFROPUNK showcase for the first time, to the headline artists playing for capacity crowds on our main festival stages.
A key part of the AFROPUNK ethos has always been educating one another, breaking down boundaries and sparking conversation about race, gender, religion, sex, culture and everything that makes life worth living. This exchange has meant receiving wisdom, as well as imparting it in the most respectful way possible, with the participation of our entire community of fans, creators and artists. This community is something we are incredibly proud of, and this community will always be a priority for us.
We are excited and honored to do our first AFROPUNK Festival in London and want to do it right. After discussing the situation with the artist and the community, a decision was agreed upon by all involved that M.I.A will no longer headline AFROPUNK London.
AFROPUNK will be releasing a new headliner and the second wave of artists on July 19th.
UPDATE: M.I.A. has been replaced with Grace Jones, along with new additions to the line-up. Read more on that here.
Brooklyn festival Afropunk has officially announced its expansion to London, which will set to take place this Fall. M.I.A. has been tapped as a headliner, which additional appearances from the likes of SZA, Ho99o9, Cakes Da Killa, Purple Ferdinand, Soulection and NTS Radio…in addition, Akala is joining Dreadzone and Don Letts for a collaborative project titled WORD SOUND POWER. Finally, Afropunk London will also include an After Dark experience, along with art exhibitions/pop-ups, food and more.
If you’re familiar with the New York leg (or even the previous move to Paris), you can expect the same dopeness and originality that made Afropunk such a unique cultural affair in the first place. If you’re not, we’ve provided some visual accompaniment below.
Tickets for Afropunk London — which takes place at Alexandra Palace 24th September — officially go live 17th June…you can get those (as well as find any needed information) at the festival’s official website.
This year’s Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn is no joke, as Ice Cube, TV On The Radio, Flying Lotus, Tyler, The Creator, The Internet and Janelle Monáe are the top acts set to take the stage. In addition, George Clinton, Earl Sweatshirt, Young Fathers, Kelela, Angel Haze, Thundercat, Sango and loads more will also be performing.
It takes place 27th to 28th August in Commodore Barry Park. Get tickets/more information here.
SIDEBAR: Europeans can get in on the fun too — Afropunk Paris will be in effect 3rd to 5th June. Brooklyn acts like Morcheeba’s Sky & Ross, Saul Williams and Angel Haze will join the likes of Michael Kiwanuka, Cakes Da Killa and Petite Noire.