Afropunk Brooklyn 2016 Lineup

Afropunk Brooklyn 2016 Lineup

Afropunk is coming back to Brooklyn for its 12th year this summer. The festival will take place the weekend of 8/27-28 at Fort Greene’s Commodore Barry Park, and the lineup includes George Clinton, TV On The Radio, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Janelle Monáe, Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler, The Creator, Shabazz Palaces, Downtown Boys, Kelela, Angel Haze, Trash Talk, Saul Williams, Young Father, Gallant, and a superjam featuring members of Bad Brains, Fishbone, and Living Colour, among others. You can purchase tickets here, or you can earn a ticket by volunteering for local organizations through the Afropunk Army program. Check out the full lineup below, where you can also watch a festival trailer and read some background on the ideology behind this year’s event.

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


This year the fest is organized around the slogan “Power to the party.” A press release offers some details:

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.

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