Afropunk London will take place at The Printworks, 22-23 July (2017).
For the uninitiated, Afropunk began in 2003 as a documentary, directed and written by James Spooner and produced by music industry exec Matthew Morgan. The film aimed to give a voice to Black American punks and Black followers of punk, hardcore and indie-rock subculture. The film quickly amassed a cult following, fuelling a global online community (www.afropunk.com) that was passionate about music, art, film, politics and individuality. By 2005 the Afropunk movement had spawned a festival to spread its cause, at first in Brooklyn, then Atlanta, before going international. Recent years have seen events run by Matthew Morgan in Paris, and for the first time in 2016, London.
Afropunk returns to London in 2017 with a line-up that includes diverse international artists such as Saul Williams, Thundercat, The OGBMs and Willow Smith sharing the billing with exciting British talent such as Cosmo Pyke, Liam Bailey, The Heavy and Connie Constance.
With a constant commitment to its values of multiculturalism and expression, Afropunk sets out its rules of: No Sexism, No Racism, No Ableism, No Ageism, No Homophobia, No Fatphobia, No Transphobia and No Hatefulness from the outset to ensure an atmosphere of openness, freedom and safety.
As a result of the Afropunk ethos the events have become regarded as some of the most artistically diverse and enjoyable dates on the festival calendar. Here's a quick introduction to some of the homegrown artists appearing at London's festival.
18-year-old Peckham-born singer-songwriter Cosmo Pyke recently opened SubcultureLive at London's 100 Club. Describing his sound as “Spacey, beautiful and lazy”, check out his latest single 'Chronic Sunshine'.
One of the most exciting artists to emerge in London in 2016. With her otherworldly voice and atmospheric instrumentation, Connie Constance has often been described as a future-soul artist. Judge for yourself with her latest track 'Clouds' ft. Jelani Blackman.
Originally from Nottingham, Liam Bailey is a contemporary soul-singer with a timeless voice. Check out his recent single 'Love My Neighbour'.
The Bath four-piece with a new take on garage meets rock 'n' soul. Watch their video for "What Happened To The Love'.
South London’s BBZ pay homage to the teenage bedroom with an installation overlooking this years’ green stage. My Yard, brought to you by Fred Perry, celebrates the sacred space with three individual bedrooms reflective of different eras and identities often forgotten.