Afropunk London 2018: August Greene, Laura Mvula, Akala and more at Brixton takeover

Afropunk returns to London in September with a week-long series of talks, film screenings and live music.

The festival, which has become known for its celebration of African and Caribbean art, fashion and music, is taking on a larger community focus this year for its Brixton takeover.

Over six days, Afropunk London will host art exhibitions, discussions, film screenings, DJ sets and live performances at Brixton venues, including The Ritzy, 198 Gallery, the Black Cultural Archives, and O2 Academy Brixton.

On Saturday, September 8, jazz-hip hop supergroup August Greene (Robert Glasper, Common, Karriem Riggins) (pictured) will headline the closing night at the O2 Academy Brixton. Other guests include Laura Mvula, Akala and Baker. More guests are due to be announced.

See the agenda and line-up (announced so far) at the bottom of this post.

From Monday, September 3, the 198 Gallery will host a week-long art exhibition. There will be six evenings of insightful talks at the Department Store, exploring what it means to be black, and covering issues such as mental health, gender, entrepreneurship and more.

BBZ and Gal-dem will discuss all things LGBTQIA and hold a post-discussion dinner on Wednesday, September 5.

Other events include the return of Afropunk’s Battle of the Bands, film screenings at The Ritzy, and a look back through Afropunk history courtesy of Black in the Day and the Black Cultural Archives.

Speaking about the event, Afropunk founder Matthew Morgan said: “The Afropunk Brixton Takeover is about creating community engagement and conversation. There is a black cultural movement of creativity, music, literature, cinema, photography, LGBTQ+ presence, social justice and consciousness right now. We wanted to create a dialogue and curate a platform to raise awareness and connect the artists, thought leaders and creators in our own community.

“Our ethos is to create a community of like-minded people who are creatives, activists and visionaries who want to build and create black business, movements and art that show the strength and power of our culture. We want to support black businesses, thinkers and artists and elevate our community. Brixton is the perfect place to do this because it is our community, our home. We also want to celebrate Brixton while it is being gentrified and remind people of its legacy.”

For more information and tickets, visit afropunk.com.

2018 marks Afropunk’s third year in London. Some of the London festival’s previous acts have included Grace Jones, Willow Smith and Jme, as well as supporting homegrown UK talent, such as Jorja Smith, Lady Leshurr, and Nova Twins.

Afropunk London 2018 line-up

Saturday, September 1

Opening event (TBA)

Monday, September 3

Start of art exhibition at 198 Gallery
Talk at Department Store

Tuesday, September 4

Art exhibition at 198 Gallery
Talk at Department Store
Film screening at The Ritzy

Wednesday, September 5

Art exhibition at 198 Gallery
BBZ and gal-dem talk LGBTQIA, dinner at Department Store
Battle of the Bands final at Pop Brixton

Thursday, September 6

Art exhibition at 198 Gallery
Talk at Department Store

Friday, September 7

Art exhibition at 198 Gallery
Black in the Day at Black Cultural Archives: Afropunk archive event
Club night at Electric Brixton: Jazzie B, BBZ, Born n Bread, and more

Saturday, September 8

Art exhibition at 198 Gallery
Talk at Department Store

Afropunk Takeover Brixton at O2 Academy Brixton
August Greene (Robert Glasper, Common, Karriem Riggins)
Laura Mvula
Akala
Bakar
More guests to be announced

See what happened at Afropunk London 2017 here.

Image: Afropunk/PR