This weekend I went to Afro Punk down at the print works in Surrey quays curteousy of backstaaage.com a music platform for urban music, concerts, festivals, interviews plus more.
Originally from NYC starting in 2005 and then expanding to Paris and Johannesburg, this is the second year for Afro Punk in London. I was excited to attend this event more so because from what I had seen this one was about celebrating black culture and I wasn’t disappointed.
Walking into the venue straight away I saw so many amazing outfits, nothing was too much, if anything I felt under dressed! This was definitely an environment that celebrated our culture in all forms, art, fashion, products, food, drink & music. The motto the blacker the better!!! Blacketty, black, black, black! The amazing Ghanaian/british artists Dreph created some eye catching artwork which was darted all around the venue and I also got to glimpse him live.
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So of course I was looking forward to the music, especially Syd from the Internet who’s track Girl blew me away when I discovered the band flicking through my spotify playlist. It’s such an amazing feeling when you get to hear your favorite tracks live, nothing beats live music!!
Nao who I fell in love with last year where I heard her track bad blood and then went onto listen to her album For All We Know
She sang a range of tracks, Girlfriend, Inhale Exhale, Bad Blood, Adore You & a few more. Having a band really transforms the performace and gives the audience a different experience compared to just using backing tracks.
An artist who I hadn’t listened to before was Little Simz but I’m definitely a new fan! Her performance was full of energy, passion and her lyrical ability blew me away, especially the track Wings.
Another amazing artist right now who I hadn’t seen live before was Nadiarose. She brought so much energy to the stage and she’s repping for Croydon! (My ends 😊🔥👏) I wasn’t lucky enough to get to the front, so I’ll look forward to seeing her again, hopefully next time closer!
In between performances I had a look around the stalls and ran into some familiar faces and discovered new businesses. It’s amazing to see so many black owned businesses under one roof! It was refreshing and motivating to see our culture represented in the way it should!
The line up was full of so much black girl magic!! It was a great weekend and I would recommend those who didn’t get to go this year make sure you get those tickets for 2018!
Check out our instagram girlsperspec for footage of some of the performances.