BACKSTAAAGE’S AFROPUNK GUIDE
This weekend is about to be a good one in the name of music. Following its inaugural stint in London last year AfroPunk festival is back for another weekend of music, food, fashion, art and so much more and BackstAAAge has a front row seat.
Myself along with other members of the BackstAAAge team will be attending this weekends festivities and so I thought it would only be right to share what is in store for us and for those of you attending the festival this weekend.
Afropunk has been around for the last 14 years. The festival started in Brooklyn, New York in 2005 as a way of celebrating the culture of AFROPUNK through music, film, skate, and art. Blowing up over time, festival organisers Jocelyn Cooper and Matthew Morgan have spread the festival across 4 cities Atlanta, Paris, London, and Johannesburg. Returning to London for its second year this weekend, AFROPUNK comes to the city’s freshest venue PRINTWORKS.
And speaking of music the lineup for this weekend is everything and more. The thoughtfully curated lineup sees music across genres such as grime, punk, hip-hop, soul, reggae, roots and soul. Artists to get excited about include BBK original JME, as well as Soul-folk fusionist LIANNE LA HAVAS.
Other artists joining the lineup from across the border include Detroit native DANNY BROWN, one of the most unique, challenging faces in hip-hop. Whilst none other than WILLOW SMITH will make a rare UK performance.
Bringing the Neo soul vibes to the lineup is London’s sensation NAO along with fellow songstresses CORINNE BAILEY RAE and future-soul prodigy CONNIE CONSTANCE, whose dream-like vocals have made her one to watch.
Newcomers on the music scene and breakout stars set to take the stage this weekend include none other than Nadia Rose, rapper KOJEY RADICAL and another Londoner with fire energy who has risen to the top LITTLE SIMZ.
Not only is the lineup of artists due to take the stage this weekend but AFROPUNK London has also brought us some of the best London DJs to step up. Female crews such as BORN N BRED and pioneering all-female collective GAL-DEM will be on hand spinning us some tunes. In addition to soulection member HANNAH FAITH returning to Afropunk for the second time plus Radio 1’s CLARA AMFO and 1xtra’s JAMZ SUPERNOVA.
Aside from all this music, the London Printworks space will be filled with artists, creatives, designers, exhibitions and food vendors celebrating the Afropunk community. It’s no surprise that partners of the festival this year include Gal-Dem, i-D Magazine and Crack who are part of supporting the movement and providing a positive AFROPUNK experience.
With all this activity going on I can already tell that this is going to be an incredible weekend. If you are attending the festival be sure to check out the Afropunk website here for the full lineup of everything to come this weekend and check out Afropunk’s Social media for all the details @Afropunk and get their app in the apple store here and the google play store here.
The BackstAAAge team will be there getting the latest info so make sure you keep an eye out on our Instagram and Twitter @Backstaage_UK and check out my socials @seneomwamba for all the happenings at the festival.
Check out Afropunk London’s 2017 promo video above!