Make no mistake. You need more Grace Jones in your life. And the best place to pull up to her bumper and rock out is the Afropunk festival on Saturday, September 24th.
But it’s not the legendary madcap musical genius of Grace Jones that will be on show. Because it’s hands-down the best festival line-up of the year which is showcasing the mad, bad and beautiful of progressive music – complete with positive energy galore.
Black, gay, trans or just punk as fuck – you are welcome at the one-day festival at Alexandra Palace. Because the message of the day Afropunk’s ‘power to the party’ as it hopes to educate, empower and entertain.
It may be the first time the festival has descended on London, but organisers have already made a name for themselves and their wild brand of party in New York City, Paris and Atlanta. So now it’s the Big Smoke’s turn to turn up the noise and revel in the ‘safe space/no hate’ zone for creativity. Up for it?
Alongside Grace Jones, the bill features a thrilling mix of artists from far and wide, each committed to finding their own voice. Lady Leshurr, Gaika and Sza (who is making her UK debut) to name but a few of the most exciting and unique acts, but the line-up also features two acts that have thrilled London in the past year in Young Fathers and Ho99o9.
Throw in London in Stereo favourites Loyle Carner, Laura Mvula, Kwabs, The Noisettes, Goldlink, Joe Kay, The Whooligan, Benjamin Booker, Eden Hagos, Akala, Skinny Girl Diet, Jorja Smith, Big Joanie, Nova Twins, The Connectors, Mikel Ameen and you’re guaranteed to get your mind blown and your ass in motion.
This is next level shit. And just to blow what’s left of your mind there’ll be the SpinThrift Market hosting traders who make bespoke goods, crafts, and textiles, plus a curated food truck rally, pop-up restaurants, arts, DJs and more.
So don’t be a punk. Go snap up some tickets. And become an Afropunk.