This past weekend saw a collective of black artists & creatives gather together for 2017’s AFROPUNK. The festival evolving from the small, free Brooklyn based festival to a worldwide celebration of culture spanning across South Africa to Paris & London.
The event was hosted across the 2 days at Surrey Quays’s venue Printworks, previously a hidden away newspaper printing facility holds all the original machinery & layout to create a cool experimental space that was huge enough for the large audience without being clustered together. The festival held a comfortable, calm vibe, where you could interact with everyone even by a busy stage.
Amongst the music there was the market place which held a space for venders to sell anything from creams, art, clothing, books & jewellery on either side of the venue.
The performances were amazing, with each performance immersing themselves in the atmosphere of the event, not without saying a few words about the privilege of performing at such a event, & what they would have done to have an event around when they were younger.
The abundance of black British artists across the 2 days cultivated in a range of different genres from new comers such as the sweet indie sound of south London artist Cosmo Pyke & amazing vocals of Leicester singer, Mahalia to the experienced grime artists JME & Nadia Rose & Neo Soul excellence of NAO & Corinne Bailey Rae. This wasn’t without the mix of American performances such as the young Willow Smith, rock duo Nova Twins & the six-person band, The Internet.
The festival was an amazing experience to hear new artists I’d never heard of or local business’ I may have never experienced & I’m already looking forward to the next year !