#CocoFestivals: AFROPUNK, a Festival with a Message Beyond Great Music

Summers in the UK are never short of a well-curated offering of music festivals. Classic staples like Glastonbury, Love Supreme, and Bestival are firm favourites within mainstream audiences. However, there is a growing rise with millennial festival attendees who seek events that promote messages which extend beyond great music.

For over 14 years, AFROPUNK has been defining culture in the music world; a triumph of multiculturalism, diversity and championing all races, genders, colours, creeds and tastes. Each year, AFROPUNK unites over 85,000 people across their festivals, and another 10,000 at events.

Described as ‘the most multicultural festival in the US’ by The New York Times, the event attributes its name to James Spooner’s 2003 documentary Afro-Punk. Paris, New York City, Johannesburg and Atlanta are all global homes to the growing music festival. AFROPUNK is a place where alternative black acts across grime, punk, hip-hop, soul, reggae and roots music.



Google previous AFROPUNK festivals, and you will be immersed into thousands of photos of previous attendees whose fashion choices might put London Fashion Week to shame.

The festival is often lauded for its stylish festival goers who are constantly stopped by the press (in paparazzi fashion) to capture their creative and innovative fashion choices. 

Last year, the inaugural AFROPUNK Fest was held at Alexandra Palace. This year’s stylish London event will be held at Printworks on 22nd – 23rd July 2017.


With heavy hitters like Willow Smith, Lianne La Havas, Jazzie B, and British-born Corinne Bailey Rae leading the lineup, AFROPUNK recently announced another set of acts playing across the weekend, with The Internet, Kiah Victoria, Liam Bailey, Don Letts, The Bots, and many other global artists set to take the stage.

A Festival on a Mission

AFROPUNK stands apart from other festivals in their global efforts to engage the local city through building a community of volunteers called the AFROPUNK Army.

At AFROPUNK Brooklyn over 16,000 volunteered to earn a ticket, giving back to their local communities. This unique opportunity is also being offered to Londoners, which can be found on the AFROPUNK website.

There is a message behind AFROPUNK, and representatives are quick to share that the “mindset is less concerned with genres and pigeonholes than the strength and unity of otherness.” 

AFROPUNK is indeed an event that has carved its own influential place in the UK music festival lineup.


Festival runs 22-23 July 2017 at Printworks.

While many options are already sold out, day ticket options begin at £50.





Eulanda and Omo

Travel & food writers exploring the sights, tastes, and stories of the world. Interests: Wine Lovers. Foodies. Africa. Blog Curators. Foreign Films. House of Cards. Luxe.

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