The Afropunk Music Festival 2012


Afropunk Festival is a music festival held annually in Brooklyn, New York City since 2005. It was held in Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park in 2015, and expanded to Paris and Atlanta that year. Taking its name from James Spooner’s 2003 documentary film, Afro-Punk, the festival originally sought to provide black people an opportunity to build community amongst the predominantly white punk subcultures. The festival shifted to include soul music to attract a wider audience, bringing in headliners like Lauryn Hill, Lenny Kravitz, and Gary Clark, Jr.. Musical performers now represent a variety of genres, primarily known to reflect African-American culture.

Afropunk Festival expanded to Paris and Atlanta, Georgia in 2015, although the Atlanta festival was cancelled due to Hurricane Joaquin. Expansion to Oakland, California is a possibility.


Location: Brooklyn ,New York

Dates: August 25th- 26th 2012

Years Active- 2005 to present

Genres- alternative, blues, R&B, hip-hop, electronic, rock