Solange will headline AfroPunk Brooklyn on August 26, as confirmed via email. After teasing a big headliner, the Brooklyn-based festival has finally announced that she will indeed grace the Saint Heron stage. This is not only great for the very-enthused attendees, but also a big step up for AfroPunk. The black culture festival typically only featured underground artist or well-known acts in later stages of their careers. This move may start to reveal the broader direction AfroPunk might move into.
Solange at AfroPunk: What it Means
Founded in 2005, as an ode to the James Spooner’s documentary Afro-Punk, the black music festival injects a black presence in the predominately white alt subcultures of America. Each year it provides a “safe place” for young, weird black kids by facilitating a unique community experience. With younger generations turning away from cultural norms, it’s no wonder the festival has grown in popularity year over year. Growing so large, in fact, that the once free festival had to begin to charge admission. Now with Solange’s presence at their original festival, AfroPunk proves—what some already knew—that this is a music festival not to be missed.
An epicenter for all things black culture, Solange and the other musical hits aren’t the only ones bringing in the crowds. AfroPunk is known for its fashion-forward attendees that are sure to slay the fashion game this year, too. To make sure you’re on point, check out our list for the best places to shop African fashion and be sure to check out the cool and unique vendors featured at AfroPunk each year.
Want to know who else is on the line-up? Check out this post (pre-Solange announcement) on the can’t miss artists on the 2017 AfroPunk lineup.