COUNTDOWN IS ON! AFROPUNK LONDON : ROUND TWO
- UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK - A SHORT FILM
- 40 + LIVE ACTS AND DJs - LIANNE LA HAVAS, NAO, THUNDERCAT, THE INTERNET, DANNY BROWN, JME, WILLOW SMITH, THE HEAVY, LITTLE SIMZ, NADIA ROSE, KOJEY RADICAL, GAL-DEM DJS +
- THE EXPERIENCE : SPINTHRIFT MARKETPLACE, ACTIVISM ROW, FOOD, DRINK, STYLE
- BBZ x i-D: MY YARD AT AFROPUNK LONDON
- AFTER PARTIES ANNOUNCED - PDA + BBZ
AFROPUNK LONDON || PRINTWORKS || 22nd - 23rd JULY
TICKETS (DAY AND WEEKEND): http://afropunkfest.com/london/tickets/
DOWNLOAD THE AFROPUNK 2017 APP HERE: IOS, ANDROID
FINAL CALL FOR PRESS ACCREDITATION !
- UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK - A SHORT FILM
THIS IS A STATEMENT ABOUT PRIDE IN BEING BLACK IN THE UK - celebrating black culture, heritage and history. AFROPUNK teamed up with leading black artists to create this short film, about what it means to be be ‘UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK,’ with contributions from BBZ, MEME Gold, Chardine Taylor Stone, Born N Bread and more.
WATCH : http://bit.ly/2ucixAc
AFROPUNK’s message is clear; it’s about celebrating multiculturalism, creativity and diversity - it’s about being proud to stand out in the crowd, to be empowered, to be an individual. London’s edition of AFROPUNK is ready for it’s second outing on the 22nd - 23rd July at brand new space Printworks, uniting the best in food, art, music and creativity, adding a very UK twist to the global event series. Across two days, find THE INTERNET, LIANNE LA HAVAS, NAO, DANNY BROWN, THUNDERCAT, JME, WILLOW SMITH, THE HEAVY, CORINNE BAILEY RAE, JAZZIE B, LITTLE SIMZ, JAZZ RE:FRESHED, NADIA ROSE, KOJEY RADICAL, CONNIE CONSTANCE, BBZ, BLACKTRONICA, GAL-DEM DJS, BORN N BREAD DJs and more heavy names, plus an unmissable experience overall, with the revered AFROPUNK marketplace, food, art and style. Grab a weekend ticket from £90 here.
Grime, punk, hip-hop, soul, reggae, soul, pop and more make AFROPUNK’s line-up a winner, combining heritage acts with breakout stars shaping new movements. Founding father of grime and BBK original JME reps for LDN, an artist who has driven grime from London basements to the forefront of the UK. Soul comes from LIANNE LA HAVAS, bringing her signature tender feel, plus a mainstay of the British alternative, treading the lines between rock, blues and ska; THE HEAVY. Soul II Soul’s JAZZIE B joins, a pioneer of British black music. On a US tip there’s Cali soul from THE INTERNET; the six piece known for a blend of hybrid soul and RnB, then non-conformist hip-hop from Detroit don DANNY BROWN and rapper, actor and slam poet SAUL WILLIAMS. Fresh from revered album ‘DRUNK’, THUNDERCAT brings a blend of jazz beats, whilst the incredible WILLOW SMITH will make a rare UK performance at Printworks - all bound to be mind-blowing performances.
Another heavy-hitter is London neo-soul sensation NAO, along with songstress CORINNE BAILEY RAE and future-soul prodigy CONNIE CONSTANCE, whose dream-like vocals will have you catching feels. Another London don is MC LITTLE SIMZ, plus breakout names NADIA ROSE, multi-media artist and rapper KOJEY RADICAL, plus there’s SATE, OBGM’S, MAHALIA and BLACK ORCHID also set for the weekends soundtrack. Rising star KIAH VICTORIA joins; a breakout singer-songwriter who creates assertive, emotional soul, and bluesy, reggae influenced RnB comes from LIAM BAILEY. LA garage-punk band THE BOTS bring hi-energy show that will rock the bones of Printworks. AFROPUNK London also unites the best in DJ talent; 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’s HANNAH FAITH returns for the second time, plus Radio 1’s CLARA AMFO and 1xtra’s JAMZ SUPERNOVA. With all these names for one ticket, AFROPUNK London is great value for money.
THE EXPERIENCE : SPINTHRIFT MARKETPLACE, MY YARD, ACTIVISM ROW, FOOD, DRINK AND STYLE
AFROPUNK’s SPINTHRIFT MARKETPLACE is a highlight, with arts, crafts, tattoos, clothes and more; a melting pot of creativity and beauty. Everything from homemade trinkets to wonders of art, it’s curated with love by AFROPUNK. Some to check include Jamaican lifestyle brand Uptown Yardie, African bags, and jewellery from Funky N Chunky, and accessories from Teah Wilson, Continent Clothing for socially conscious clothes crafted in Africa, and United80; Brixton based cultural project. BITES AND BEATS is AFROPUNK’s in house food festival, who’ll be setting up shop in Printwork’s with a delicious selection of global vendors, tasty! Let loose, dance, discover and enjoy a day of unity, heart and souls with the AFROPUNK family.
AFROPUNK is known for its community-driven initiatives, and ACTIVISM ROW is an interactive site-specific educational installation featuring grassroots non-profits that attempt to solve community problems. Activism Row informs youth about participation opportunities, this year featuring British Cultural Archives, Amnesty International UK, Index on Censorship, and Slavery Remembrance.
BBZ x i-D: MY YARD AT AFROPUNK
Sponsored by Fred Perry
My Yard is an installation inspired by the transient nature of the concept of home, for so many QTPOC. Drawing on the lived experiences of the black british queer community, BBZ x I-D endeavours to create a space that pays homage to the bedroom Dj’s, black neeks, bashment studs, trans youth, brown punks, road man, soft femmes, road femmes, jungle heads, channel U Man-Dem and everyone in between. This unique collaboration is spearheaded by BBZ, supported by the iconic i-D magazine, and sponsored by Fred Perry.
AFTER PARTIES - AFROPUNK AFTER DARK
FREE FOR FIRST 100 TICKET HOLDERS | MIRANDA BAR, ACE HOTEL SHOREDITCH
SATURDAY : PDA : Larry B, Mischa Mafia, Crackstevens, Covco, Shygirl (DJ set)
A night of jams from the Public Display of Affection crew, part of the NTS Radio family. It's church so dress accordingly.
SUNDAY : BBZ + Friends : Chloedees, Lady Amz, Lil C, Shy One
On Sunday vibe out with BBZ, south London's queer led 'tun up'. With a femme focused all star line up and sounds to sweat to, it's a night not to be missed.
Entry is free for ticket holders, but space is limited to 100 so it’s first come, first served.
WARM UP PARTY supported by AFROPUNK
July 18th 9p-2a w/ Performances by Keyah blu, Emmavie, Mr Macee, Denzel Himself and JaJa Kisses & DJ sets by gal-dem residents, A.G and Crackstevens . RSVP for location : http://bit.ly/2sSKHwh
22nd July - 23rd July 2017
PRINTWORKS London : http://printworkslondon.co.uk/
FINAL TICKETS : http://afropunkfest.com/london/tickets/
CORINNE BAILEY RAE
BEATS & RIDDIMS BY:
SUNDAY JULY 23
LIANNE LA HAVAS
& more TBA
BEATS & RIDDIMS BY:
BORN N BREAD
A NOTE ON : WE THE PEOPLE / COMMUNITY
As AFROPUNK expands further with the first outing in JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, the theme for 2017 is WE THE PEOPLE; a phrase that begins both the American and South African constitutions. The move to SA is a natural fit in line with AFROPUNK’s desire to connect through Diaspora; creating bonds between those with a shared mindset. From the neighbourhoods of NY, through to U.S. and Europe, and now in yet another continent, this AFROPUNK mindset is less concerned with genres and pigeonholes than the strength and unity of otherness.
AFROPUNK LONDON ALSO YEAR ON YEAR TO CREATE AN AFROPUNK ARMY, a dedicated team of volunteers who give their time in exchange for a ticket, as well as working with ROCKCORPS, global pro social organisation, and BIGGA FISH social enterprise, who create the AFROPUNK Street team.
AFROPUNK, long known as an advocate of cultural change, will continue to keep affordable paid as well as earned ticket programs active, even as the brand expands from its Brooklyn roots into the global arena. AFROPUNK ARMY gives fans the opportunity to volunteer for admittance. AFROPUNK works closely with partners to provide volunteer activities and projects for fans to complete in exchange for a ticket to the festival.
For the second year in a row, AFROPUNK will partner with RockCorps, a global pro social organisation that harnesses the power of music to inspire people to volunteer. This collaboration between AFROPUNK ARMY and RockCorps sees two platforms coming together, sharing the same point of view of how powerful music is to connect communities. Volunteers bring focus to issues around social justice while feeling empowered to translate their ideas into positive action. Sistren, a podcast, radio show and creative collective consisting of 4 Queer African-British sister-friends from London, will be on hand to participate in the service project, engaging volunteers in meaningful dialogue around social activism and community building.
Through an innovative partnership with Bigga Fish, a social enterprise providing a performance and educational platform in events and marketing management for young creatives ages 14 to 25, hundreds of youth signed up as brand ambassadors for the AFROPUNK Street Team program. In addition to learning valuable, transferable skills, all program participants will receive tickets to attend AFROPUNK London 2017.