Erykah Badu and Janelle Monáe Top 2018 Afropunk Line-ups

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With festival season around the corner, another stellar line-up was announced for the annual Afropunk festival in both Brooklyn and Atlanta.

Erykah Badu, Janelle Monáe, Tyler the Creator, Miguel, Twin Shadow, Tyler the Creator, Miguel and Twin Shadow lead the Brooklyn fest’s preliminary line-up, which takes place 25-26 August in Commodore Barry Park in the Fort Greene neighbourhood. While many of the headliners are hip-hop and R&B, the line-up also includes rock acts Project Black Pantera, Louder Than Quiet, Trash Talk among others.

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Then the festival heads down south to Atlanta for the Carnival of Consciousness that runs from 13-14 October at the event space 787 Windsor. The headliners include N.E.R.D., Noname, Benjamin Booker, The Internet, Little Simz, and Serpentwithfeet.

Each year the festival announces a mission statement and this year’s is appropriately titled “The People Resist”. Organizers behind Afropunk shared a full statement to the press that reads:

“This resistance is not new!” the statement reads. “We, the people who have lived under the thumb of white supremacy, gender, inequality, homophobia, environmental rape and economic apartheid have always known that when the world is an outrage, the sensible thing to do is defy it. Resistance is survival, not just a hashtag. But if it’s going to be a social media call to political arms, let’s make that f—er count!”

Since its inception in 2005, based on director James Spooner’s documentary Afro-Punk, the annual festival has expanded across the pond to Paris, London and Johannesburg in South Africa. Prior to the Brooklyn and Atlanta festivals, Afropunk will host its Paris festival 14 July and 15 July. The show will feature SZA, D’Angelo, Gary Clark Jr, Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue and more.

Given the activist spirit of the festival, they also employ a ticketing system called “Buy One, Give One”, in which with each general admission ticket sold, the festival provides a ticket to a New York City youth who’s involved in participating art programs.

Tickets for both Brooklyn and Atlanta are on sale now, with more special guests to be announced. For more information, visit and see the preliminary line-up for both festivals below.

Afropunk Brooklyn
Erykah Badu
Tyler, The Creator
Janelle Monae
The Internet
Twin Shadow
Daniel Caesar
Wicked Wisdom
Jaden Smith
Willow Smith
Trash Talk
The Fever 333
Denzel Curry
Fantastic Negrito
Lion Babe
Jamila Woods
Jessie Reyez
Nova Twins
Sho Madjozi
Dj Lag

Afropunk Presents the Carnival of Consciousness
The Internet
Benjamin Booker
Wicked Wisdom
Little Simz
Yves Tumor
Kari Faux
Special Guest TBA

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