It’s back! Yes, that’s right. The two-day throwdown of music, art and fashion called Afropunk returns to London this weekend for a second year. From Brooklyn to Paris to Johannesburg, it’s the only festival of its kind to feature grime, punk, hip-hop, soul, reggae, pop and more all under one roof.
This time around the festival is being held in Printworks, the former home of the presses that once printed the Evening Standard. With a capacity of more than 5,000 it represents a major step up from last year’s bash at the Roundhouse.
The Surrey Quays venue’s six vast spaces are arranged over multiple levels with a maze of corridors and rooms throughout its 120,000 sq ft it’s an ideal place to enjoy the bands, as well as the marketplaces featuring food, art, tattoos, clothes and more.
It was the spirited musical line-up that put Afropunk on the map last year. But just like the venue, the names are bigger and better this weekend with Thundercat, Little Simz, Danny Brown and Don Letts all bringing their grooves to the South London industrial unit.
They will share the Afropunk stages with artists such as The Internet, Lianne La Havas, Nao, JME, Willow Smith, The Heavy, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jazzie B, Jazz Re:Freshed, Nadia Rose, Kojey Radical, Connie Constance, BBZ and Blacktronica – as well as DJs Gal-Dem and Born N Bread.
Which means the music is sure to be on point. But it’s also worth checking out Activism Row. It’s an interactive, site-specific educational installation featuring grassroots non-profit groups aiming to solve local problems, such as: British Cultural Archives, Amnesty International UK, Index on Censorship and Slavery Remembrance.
If you’ve not been suitably Afropunk’d at the end of each day head down to the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch High Street where ticket holders can party Saturday and Sunday nights away.
Performing on Saturday night will be the Public Display of Affection crew including: Larry B, Mischa Mafia, Crackstevens, Covco, and Shygirl (DJ set). While Sunday night will see South London’s BBZ and friends Chloedees, Lady Amz, Lil C and Shy One rip it up.
So don’t be a punk. Go snap up some tickets. And become an Afropunk.