Afropunk Fest London 2016

Afropunk Fest London 2016

September 24, 2016
September 24, 2016


Afropunk Festival is a music festival held annually in Brooklyn, New York City since 2005. It was held in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park in 2015, and expanded to Paris and Atlanta that year. Taking its name from James Spooner's 2003 documentary film, Afro-Punk, the festival originally sought to provide black people an opportunity to build community amongst the predominantly white punk subcultures.[1] The festival shifted to include soul music to attract a wider audience, bringing in headliners like Lauryn Hill, Lenny Kravitz, and Gary Clark, Jr..[1] Musical performers now represent a variety of genres, primarily known to reflect African-American culture.

It should be noted that though the festival came from James Spooner's vision, he has said in numerous occasions that it has strayed far from his original vision, such as promoting mainstream acts that do not fall in line with the D.I.Y. punk ethos and / or have sexist and homophobic messages. Spooner himself does not employ or curate any part of the festival nor does he receive any of its profits.

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Grace Jones
Jamaican singer, model
bornMay 19, 1948
Spanish Town, Jamaica
American singer-songwriter
bornSolana Rowe
St. Louis
London-based soul singer
bornApril 24, 1990
Singer, song writer, producer
bornNovember 9, 1994

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Grace Jones (born 19 May 1948) is a Jamaican singer, songwriter, lyricist, supermodel, record producer, and actress. She was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica and raised by her grandparents. At 13 she moved with her siblings to their parents' home in Syracuse, New York. Jones started out as a model, initially in New York state, then in Paris, working for Yves St. Laurent, Claude Montana, and Kenzo Takada, and appearing on the covers of Elle, Vogue, and Stern working with Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Hans Feurer.

In 1977 Jones secured a record deal with Island Records; she moved into dance, new wave, and reggae music, often collaborating with the Compass Point All Stars. She scored Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart with "Pull Up to the Bumper", "I've Seen That Face Before", "Private Life", "Slave to the Rhythm" and "I'm Not Perfect". Her most popular albums include Warm Leatherette (1980), Nightclubbing (1981), and Slave to the Rhythm (1985).

She appeared in some low-budget films in the U.S. during the 1970s and early 1980s. In 1984 she made her first mainstream appearance as Zula in the fantasy-action film Conan the Destroyer alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sarah Douglas, and subsequently appeared in the 1985 James Bond movie A View to a Kill as May Day. In 1986 she played a vampire in Vamp, and acted in and contributed a song to the 1992 Eddie Murphy film Boomerang. She appeared alongside Tim Curry in the 2001 film Wolf Girl.

In 1983, Jones' One Man Show was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Long-Form Music Video. For her work in Conan the Destroyer, A View to a Kill, and Vamp, she was nominated for Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actress. In 1999, Jones ranked 82nd on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and in 2008, she was honored with a Q Idol Award. Jones influenced the cross-dressing movement of the 1980s and has been an inspiration for artists including Annie Lennox, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Lorde, Róisín Murphy, Brazilian Girls, Nile Rodgers, Santigold, and Basement Jaxx.


Laura Mvula (née Douglas;[1] born 23 April 1986)[2] is a British soul singer-songwriter from Birmingham. Her debut album, Sing to the Moon, was released on 4 March 2013 with an orchestral re-recording released on 11 August 2014.


Top Albums by Performers19

Top Songs by Performers16


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Alexandra Palace
Alexandra Palace is a historic entertainment venue in Alexandra Park, London. It is located between Muswell Hill and Wood Green, in the north of the city. It was originally opened in 1873 but was rebuilt in 1875 following a destructive fire.


Spotify - Featured Albums & Singles28


Spotify - Featured Tracks13


News Articles12

AFROPUNK Is Gearing Up For London, But First—The Artists Who Wowed Us In Brooklyn
The Urban Daily  –  September 8, 2016
AFROPUNK’s annual festival has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean it’s left our minds. As the acclaimed music festival gears up for its London stop on September 24, we’re looking back on the artists who held our attention during this year ...
AFROPUNK 2016  –  September 6, 2016
... the attendees of this year’s Afropunk festival. One of the most highly anticipated events on New York’s musical calendar, this year’s edition of AFROPUNK was no different. Having expanded to London and Paris since the festival’s inception in ...
AFROPUNK: Afrocentric Festival Showcases Pan-African Culture, Worldwide Diaspora
Hilltop  –  September 2, 2016
London and Atlanta event annually. Uniquely, the vibe of AfroPunk offers the opportunity for uncensored black dialogue on racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and other marginalized issues. The festival brands itself as ‘the other black experience ...
Afropunk 2016 Reminded Me That My Blackness Is Majestic  –  September 1, 2016
London and Brooklyn. Afropunk has given a mic stand to a crowd that doesn’t always receive the most accurate or positive spotlight. Staying true to the original picnic-style concept, the festival has become a majestic source of all-around inspiration for ...
AfroPunk fest provides safe space, Black pride
Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper  –  September 1, 2016
It has since expanded to host events in London, Paris and Atlanta, welcoming thousands of people at each stop. Beyond the film and beyond the festival, AfroPunk is a culture all its own. The credo, which was plastered on signs all over the park (along with ...
WPGM Previews: AFROPUNK London 2016 – Saturday, September 24  –  September 1, 2016
AFROPUNK brings its live music festival series to London this year! AFROPUNK London takes place at Alexandra Palace on Saturday, September 24. AFROPUNK, originating in Brooklyn, now offers dates in Paris and, of course, London. It can be said that not only ...
AfroPunk 2016 & The Importance Of Black Artists Performing For Black Audiences  –  August 29, 2016
AfroPunk Festival has been a musical beacon for Black people across ... The gradual transition from DIY fun to just another Governors Ball clone was bad. The London iteration of the festival flip-flopping on M.I.A. amid her comments on the Black Lives ...
'It's Punk Rock To Be Black In America': Afropunk Festival Pushes The Movement
KRCU NPR 90.FM | 88.9FM  –  August 29, 2016
London's burning dial nine-nine-nine-nine-nine-nine ... so 11 years ago, he started the Afropunk festival, which he now runs with his partner, Jocelyn Cooper. Performing at that very first event was Saul Williams, a spoken word artist.
The Best Street Style Captured at Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn  –  August 28, 2016
Afropunk Festival is a bit odd in that respect ... music and activism movement to a global community with festivals in Brooklyn, London, Atlanta and soon, Paris. It is a place where lines of booths dubbed “Activism Row,” bring out music lovers ...
The Curated Cool: Afropunk Festival 2016  –  August 28, 2016
Want more? Look out for Afropunk as it jumps across the pond to London on September 25th with festival veteran Grace Jones, who headlined Afropunk festival Brooklyn in 2015. Check out some of our street style from Afropunk Festival 2016 below ...
The Best Of AFROPUNK 2016
MadameNoire  –  August 28, 2016
A worldwide movement (with festivals in London and Paris as well) void of sexism, racism, ableism, ageism, homophobia, fatphobia, transphobia and all out hate, Afropunk – now in its 11th year – is a festival of live music, fashion, one-of-a-kind art ...
Afropunk Festival celebrates alternative black culture
News12 Brooklyn  –  August 28, 2016
BROOKLYN - The Afropunk Music Festival returned to Brooklyn this weekend ... The festival started in Brooklyn, and now has outposts in Paris and London.


Official Festival Poster1

Featured Locations3