AFROPUNK Fest at Alexandra Palace
Written by: Sophie Taylor
Hold the phone. Miss Grace Jones is headlining Afropunk Fest in London. This Saturday 24th September. At Alexandra Palace. If you were lucky enough to get tickets, congratu-effing-lations. It looks set to be an absolute corker of a festival.
Afropunk is a day of live music ‘and good vibes’, described as “the most multicultural festival in the US”, New York Times. Yes, dripping-in-cool Afropunk Festival is usually found gracing the grassy park floors of Brooklyn NY but has recently ventured out to it’s equally chic and edgy little cousins in Paris and London. It is “an influential community of young people of all backgrounds speaking through music, art, film, lifestyle sports, fashion, photography, and more.” There is a focus on the outsider and the underdog: “we are the influencers, creatives, and tastemakers who were once seen as outsiders, but who now directly affect pop culture.”
The glittering line up this year includes Laura Mvula, Word Sound Power, SZA, Kwabs, Benjamin Booker, The Noisettes, Faith .. You could be scrolling for a while because it’s such an incredible list. Instead, head over to the website and start salivating at the talent with delight or tears depending on whether you bagged a ticket or not.
Afropunk declares itself as ‘the microphone of thought and a lens of perspective’ as the biggest multicultural and alternative platform for integrated media, giving the ‘unwritten, unwelcome and unseen’ a voice.
The Afropunk community emerged in 2003 with a documentary that aimed to highlight a Black presence in the American punk scene. It is the world’s first destination for alternative Black culture, welcoming over 100,000 to festivals and events internationally.
Afropunk London won’t end there. Once the Palace drawbridge closes, the festival will seep out into the night for Afropunk After Dark. Expect comedy shows, celebrity DJ sets, film screenings, art installations and pop up performances. London’s set for a magical onslaught of alternative experimental realness.
So be wise. Stay on top of it all with the Afropunk app.
Photos via Afropunk
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