Afropunk Fest announces details (2016)

The world renowned festival, AFROPUNK BROOKLYN, has announced the lineup for its critically acclaimed annual weekend-long celebration, AFROPUNK BROOKLYN to take place on August 27 and 28 at Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene. The 2016 AFROPUNK festival continues to be a bastion of multicultural diversity that manages to bring together a vast array of music acts, art and culture as is evident by a lineup that includes Ice Cube, Flying Lotus, The Internet, Thundercat, Angel Haze, Saul Williams Benjamin Booker, Skunk Anansie, Skye & Ross from Morcheeba, Galant, SPZRKT and many more (full lineup below). The festival will be home to more than 60 acts throughout the weekend and will feature three stages with its first ever Brainfeeder & Soulection stages.
Ice Cube
TV On The Radio
Tyler The Creator
CeeLo Green
Flying Lotus
Janelle Monae
The Internet
Featuring Members from
Bad Brains
Living Colour
George Clinton
Earl Sweatshirt
Skunk Anansie
Skye & Ross from Morcheeba
Young Fathers
Benjamin Booker
Saul Williams
Angel Haze
Trash Talk
Shabazz Palaces
Seinabo Sey
The Suffers
Sir The Baptist
Downtown Boys
Roman GianArthur
Joe Kay
The Whooligan
Eden Hagos
During this important election year, with self-empowerment winds blowing through the air, the theme AFROPUNK has chosen for the 12th installment of the festival is “POWER TO THE PARTY.” Power, it’s a feeling, it’s an energy, it’s the undisputed connection between cause and effect – the best of us give it away, the worst usurp it, but living modern life to the fullest, means either mastering your relationship to it or walking in its shadow. We are not blind.
Party is an oxymoron, it’s a gathering of many for a shared purpose and it’s also an outcast individual, it’s a lively social occasion as well as a gang – and the story of any party is never over, because like naked cities and the metaphysical “I”, there’s always another take.
Power to the Party means trusting the friction, the transference of great capacity to the free spirit, belief in the high-heeled spark of the assembly, and the group-mind’s ability to choose a glorious path. This isn’t about getting elected, or being protected; it’s about staking a claim.
Join the party and feel its power.
In addition to the various performances, AFROPUNK will provide grounds to a vibrant community of well over 100 craft artisans and 25 food vendors. Attendees will also be able to view original artwork and murals created in conjunction with the Art for Amnesty (Amnesty International USA) and Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA). By providing an avenue for the community’s voice to be heard and celebrated the festival sticks to its roots as it aims to unleash freedom of expression while honoring the power of individuality.
Given its rising popularity the festival will continue to keep its paid ticket as the most affordable in the country for the array of talent and will also bring back its earned ticket program. AFROPUNK has long been known as an advocate of cultural change, especially within the Brooklyn community. The earned ticket program, called AFROPUNK Army, gives fans the opportunity to volunteer for admittance. Last year AFROPUNK worked closely with partners to provide volunteer activities and projects for 16,000 fans to complete in exchange for a ticket to the festival (a minimum of 8 hours of volunteer work will earn ONE General Admission Weekend Pass) this year. The volunteer program creates awareness for organizations and helps deliver a sustainable impact to communities in need.
To find out more information as it’s made available or to find out about the AFROPUNK Army volunteer program, fans can sign up at