Hey you, were you planning on going to some far-off music festival that deposits you in the middle of some field in a state that isn’t New York all so you can pay for the privilege of squinting at the band on stage from a mile away and trying to figure out if that’s Mumford and Sons or The Lumineers? Jesus Christ, why would you do that when you can just go to something like the Afropunk Festival, held right here in Brooklyn on August 22 and 23 and starring the likes of Lauryn Hill, Danny Brown, Grace Jones and Lenny Kravtiz. Lenny Kravitz? Sure, why not.
Afropunk’s lineup is here and as usual, it looks like a damn fun time that you can see without journeying very far, unless you live very far from Fort Greene and Commodore Barry Park. Which, compared to a trip to Fun Fun Fun Fest or Bonnaroo. Like we mentioned above, there are some heavy hitters coming through to Fort Greene for the weekend’s festivities, plus the supporting acts, made up of folks like Kelis, Suicidal Tendencies and Cakes Da Killa, are boldface names themselves.
So, is there bad news in all of this? Well, there’s always a catch, isn’t there? The bad news is that this year, the festival is moving from free to a thing you actually have to pay for. According to the organizers, it’s because the festival has gotten too popular, so good job everyone who wanted to enjoy a cool free concert. Right now you can snag early bird tickets for $40 for each day or $70 for the weekend. However, there’s also an offer of “Earned tickets,” which hit the market on June 3, that involve doing volunteer work with handpicked organizations that the Afropunk folks like. We know it’s summer and all, so it’s up to you to determine whether your disdain for working in the heat outweighs your impulse to save a bunch of dollars. Either way, take a look at the full lineup below and figure it out quick, before everyone else snags the volunteer opportunities.
Ms Lauryn Hill
Cakes Da Killa
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