The Afropunk Johannesburg line-up has been announced and I want to fast-forward over the next four months because, clearly, December 2018 is the only the thing that matters now. The music festival returns to Constitutional Hill on 30 and 31 December this year after a successful and muddy run in Joburg in 2017. Once we all got over the initial disappointment of a no-show Solange last time, we let ourselves to be wowed by the artists who were there – and what a transcendent weekend it was!
The line-up this year is not to be missed. The international list comprises LA future R&B band, The Internet, Thundercat, Flying Lotus (who will be debuting his 3D show for the first time on African soil), Big Freedia as well as Kaytranada (I think I just squealed). Local stars on the list are just as impressive, King Tha –Thandiswa Mazwai will be performing as well as Public Enemy, FAKA, and Moonchild Sanelly to name just a few.
This year’s theme is THE PEOPLE RESIST, ‘a call to action against racism, patriarchy and any form of hate.’ This is very on-brand for Afropunk, which is a festival concerned with creating a safe and inclusive space for young creatives to party. The festival has been taking place annually since 2005 in London, Paris, Brooklyn, Atlanta and, as of this last year, Joburg.
Although the line-up is so star-studded it makes me consider sacrificing my rent money, what I’m personally looking forward to is the fashion. The Afropunk crowds deliver LOOKS! From cool body mods to the lushest afros and the funkiest threads, this is always the place to be for anyone who cares about showing off their interesting, individual style.
Tickets for AFROPUNK Joburg are available via https://afropunk.howler.co.za/AP2018