7 Acts We Can't Wait To See At AfroPunk Fest

We are very excited already.


Fresh from Brooklyn, AfroPunk is the hottest festival around and it's coming to London this September.

Described as the 'most multicultural in the US,'  the festival will be bringing some of the coolest musicians around to Alexandria Palace for an eclectic line up of legendary acts and new faces.  

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But here are our 7 acts we can't wait to see when it comes to London:



Making her UK debut at AfroPunk, SZA's alternative blend of soulful R&B and Hip-Hop is said to 'envelop your soul.' Her influences include Billie Holiday, Bjork and non-musical forms such as painting. Apparently she is also known to wear pyjamas on stage which is something we are totally in favour of.


Lady Leshurr


Hailing from Birmingham, Lady Leshurr has already proven herself on the rap scene with her viral freestyle video series Queen's Speech. Already selling out venues on both sides of the Atlantic, its hard to believe that she is only just about to release her debut album. Expect serious levels of sass.

Jorja Smith


Having only finished her A-Levels last year, Jorja Smith is clearly one to watch for the future. She broke the internet in January with her track 'Blue Lights' and apparently Drake is a fan. It's certainly been a busy year: she collaborated with Cadenza on the track 'People' which was released in August and is set to release a new EP in November. This one's a must.



As well as being an artist in his own right, MNEK is the man behind the writing and production of tracks for a whole cosmos of stars, including none other than Beyoncé herself, Madonna, Rudimental, The Saturdays and Clean Bandit to name just a few. His recent releases include the collaboration 'Never Forget You' with Zara Larsson which went platform in the UK and Gold in the US. Impressive.



After starting out as the lead signer of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra for three years, KWABS studied Jazz at the Royal College of Music and the rest, as they say, is history. He was signed by Atlantic Records in 2012 after a YouTube cover went viral. You'll probably recognize his hit single 'Walk' from the BBC coverage of the 2015 general election and adverts for BooHoo. His music is described as 'confessional soul' which features hints of gospel, disco and synth sounds.

Laura Mvula


Already a well known artist with her beautiful 2013 hit 'Sing to the Moon', Laura Mvula started singing from a young age in an a cappella group set up by her aunt in Birmingham. She was picked up and signed by RCA and produced her first album in 2013 which picked up many nominations and for which she won her Brit Award. AfroPunk is the perfect place to go hear her super soulful sound.

Grace Jones


And finally, completing this fantastic line up is the ultimate artiste Grace Jones. Having risen to fame as a Jamaican model in New York and a regular fixture on the club scene, Jones produced a number of artistic records including hits like 'I need a Man' and 'Slave to the Rhythm.'  Fingers crossed she brings her hula hoop with her to AfroPunk this year. 

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