Afropunk 2016 lineup (Ice Cube, TVOTR, Tyler the Creator, Cee-Lo, FlyLo, Janelle Monae, George Clinton, Earl Sweatshirt, more)
Brooklyn's annual Afropunk festival returns this summer on August 27 & 28 in Commodore Park in Fort Greene. The lineup is good as always, with Ice Cube, TV on the Radio, Tyler the Creator, Cee-Lo Green, Flying Lotus, Janelle Monae, The Internet, George Clinton, Earl Sweatshirt, Skunk Anansie, Skye & Ross of Morcheeba, Young Fathers, Benjamin Booker, Saul Williams, Angel Haze, Kelela, Trash Talk, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat, Sango, Esta, Gallant, Prayers, Radkey, Seinabo Sey, The Suffers, Sir The Baptist, Sate, Downtown Boys, Roman Gianarthur, Joe Kay, The Whooligan, SPZRKT, Eden Hagos, and a superjam featuring members of Bad Brains, Fishbone and Living Colour.
The theme of this year's 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.
Watch the trailer for the festival: