AFROPUNK review 2016

 

AGENDA _ AFROPUNK _ SEPTEMBER 2016

AGENDA SHOOTS THE 2016 AFROPUNK FESTIVAL _ ALEXANDER PALACE 2016

AFRO PUNK, the multicultural festival which takes place once a year in the US and Paris, has now expanded to London and has brought with it all of its best qualities and charm.

Alexandra palace was taken over for a day by an eclectic and diverse musical line up (full act list below) street food, clothing and arts market. The vibe of the entire event from start to finish was spectacular and as you can imagine, there was a no holds barred on people expressing their creativity, which honoured the Afropunk ethos.

AGENDA _ AFROPUNK _ SEPTEMBER 2016

AGENDA SHOOTS THE 2016 AFROPUNK FESTIVAL _ ALEXANDER PALACE 2016

Fashionistas merged African prints with denim, leather and velvet. Body art was being provided by artists on the ground and glitter was scattered on every face. The festival was split into 3 different stages, each with a different musical and creative aesthetic; meaning we were spoiled for choice with back to back music. The ID stage was small but packed a punch with punky acts such as Nova Twins and Big Joanie.

 

The No Hate stage was aptly named, with two enourmous drop down curtains displayed with their mission statement, which you can read below. The headlines featured on this stage (Akala, The Noisettes, Lady Leshuur, Grace Jones etc) and none held back with their overarching message of positivity. The Soulelection stage took on a mix of artists, from the incomparable Laura Mvula and newcomers like Jorja Smith and DJ sets that got everyone dancing along to classic hits, whilst queuing up at the bar.

AGENDA _ AFROPUNK _ SEPTEMBER 2016

AGENDA SHOOTS THE 2016 AFROPUNK FESTIVAL _ ALEXANDER PALACE 2016

My personal highlights of the festival included Lady Leshurr getting the entire crowd to sing “Brush your teeth” and then throwing out free toothbrushes to a giddy crowd and a surprise impromptu performance by rapper Lil Simz, who smashed her way through her hit “Dead Bodies”.

 

The food trucks and dining area in general, brought a bit of the outside inside, with the floor lined with fake grass and a parked car, which was part of an art installation. Chalé food stand had long queues, as people lined up for their peanut stews and plantain boats.

The general vibe and sense of community was palpable and everyone gathered to experience art that was something to behold. With so many serious issues in the media in regards to black lives, it was a disappointment there was no big media outlets reporting on the positivity of this event. However, if they had turned up they would have seen care free, energetic, glitter beaded,  African cloth wearing kings and queens.

AGENDA _ AFROPUNK _ SEPTEMBER 2016

AGENDA SHOOTS THE 2016 AFROPUNK FESTIVAL _ ALEXANDER PALACE 2016

 

Full festival lineup:

  • Grace Jones
  • Laura Mvula
  • WORD SOUND POWER feat Akala, B.A.D/Dreadzone & Don Letts
  • SZA
  • Kwabs
  • Benjamin Booker
  • The Noisettes
  • Loyle Carner
  • Young Fathers
  • Goldlink
  • NTS Radio
  • Soulection
  • Joe Kay
  • The Whooligan
  • Hannah Faith
  • Eden Hagos
  • MNEK
  • Lady Leshurr
  • GAIKA
  • Ho99o9
  • Skinny Girl Diet
  • Jorja Smith
  • Purple Ferdinand
  • Big Joanie
  • Youth Man
  • Nova Twins
  • Vodun
  • The Connectors
  • Mikel Ameen

Mission Statement:

  • No sexism
  • No racism
  • No ableism
  • No homophobia
  • No fatphobia
  • No transphobia
  • No hatefulness

Words by Ana Peralta

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