The Roots, Burna Boy, Tierra Whack, And More To Headline Afropunk

The festival will be held in-person for the first time since 2019.

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The Roots - Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Coachella
The Roots - Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Coachella

The Roots, Burna Boy, Isaiah Rashad, Freddie Gibs, Tierra Whack, and more have been tapped for the 2022 Afropunk Festival, returning to the live music sector for the first time since 2019.

Having taken place virtually for the past two years, Afropunk will return to Brooklyn, New York’s Commodore Barry Park, on September 10 and 11.

The Roots will headline Afropunk on the first night in celebration of their 30-year anniversary as a band. Burna Boy will take the stage for night two, marking his first U.S. festival headlining slot. The performance will also be the Nigerian musician’s first New York City concert since his Madison Square Garden debut earlier this year.

The festival will feature additional appearances from Lucky Daye, Earl Sweatshirt, Adekunle Gold, Mick Jenkins, Bbymutha, Rodney Chrome, Bartees Strange, Butcher Brown, Ekkstacy, Jany Green, Alex Mali, Kaleta & the Super, Yamba Band, Talia Goddess, and more across its two-day lineup.

The presale for the festival begins on Thursday, June 16th at 10 a.m. ET with general sale beginning on Friday, June 17th at 10 a.m. ET. All tickets will be available to purchase via the official Afropunk Festival website.

In other news from the legendary Philly band, it was recently announced that in celebration of Juneteenth, Live Nation Urban and Jesse Collins Entertainment will present Juneteenth: A Global Celebration for Freedom, a concert featuring an all-star lineup of Black artists at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl.

The lineup features appearances by The Roots, Grammy nominee Mickey Guyton, Billy Porter, Jhené Aiko, Questlove, Robert Glasper, Earth Wind & Fire, Killer Mike, Mary Mary, Michelle Williams, Anthony Hamilton, the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and The Re-Collective Orchestra (a 68-piece all-Black symphony orchestra). Questlove and Adam Blackstone will serve as the musical directors of the event.

“This is the most important event we’ve ever produced at Live Nation Urban. It’s a moment to celebrate and reflect on Black independence and the Black experience. It’s also a moment to raise awareness and shine light on the miles we still need to travel to true equity. We hope to see you there,” said Live Nation Urban President Shawn Gee in a statement.

Visit Afropunk’s official website for more information.

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