It’s that time of the year already! Afropunk London second edition is back and we can’t wait to start celebrating blackness, culture, happiness, and life !
If you’ve never been to Afropunk before, know that this is not your typical festival. Afropunk is a family reunion to praise multiculturalism and diversity for people of all races, genders, colours, creeds and tastes. If you share those values and are ready to be bold, vibrant and carefree, join the AFROPUNK LONDON FESTIVAL this July 22nd – 23rdat PRINTWORKS ! Here are 5 acts you do not want to miss this year :
Bassist and songwriter Thundercat returned this year with a magical third album blending fresh jazz beats and soul music. We are looking forward to hearing live his 70s funk, R&B with a twist of punk spirit taking over PRINTWORKS.
Can we just all agree that « Girl » feat. Kaytranada is a classic ? The band from California proved with their third album that they could bring something fresh and new to the hip hop neo soul scene . « Ego Death » was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album. Just enough to give a reason to the world that they weren’t just another alt-rnb band from Soundcloud.
Big Freedia is for the people and that’s why we are all for it. Expect the Queen to bring New Orleans spicy flavor and sassiness in London with an aggressive flow rapped over glitchy lo-fi electronic music.
Do we really have to present JME ? A UK legend, founding father of grime and BBK original repping for London talent. An artist who has driven grime from London basements to the forefront of UK music. We can’t wait for him to turn up the stage and show to all the youngins how it is supposed to be done !
Freshly signed to Relentless Records, Nadia Rose is part of the new UK rapper wave. Repping South London Croydon, she will be ready to engage the AFROPUNK stage with some damage control, razor-sharp, sardonic bars, grime-ish swagger and a bit of dancehall flavor.
LONDON DJ SCENE
AFROPUNK London also unites the best DJs to step up; including West-London turned global collective, JAZZ RE:FRESHED, party crews BLACKTRONICA and FAM, plus selectors from NTS Radio crew BORN N BRED, and pioneering all-female collective GAL-DEM. Soulection member HANNAH FAITH returns to AP for the second time, plus Radio 1’s CLARA AMFO and 1xtra’s JAMZ SUPERNOVA.
Outside of all of this, there’s a lot more to find and do. Printworks London will play host to a vibrant space filled with artists, creatives, designers, exhibitions and food vendors. Attendees are encouraged to become a part of the AFROPUNK community through the marketplace, with pop-ups, art and stalls – it’s about creating an extended family of AFROPUNK, with a united voice to be heard and celebrated. Partners for this year include i-D Magazine, gal-dem, and CRACK, who’ll each play a role in crafting your AFROPUNK experience.
Learn more at the AFROPUNK website: afropunkfest.com/london/