April 20, 2016 / Brooklyn news / Fort Greene / Music / Waiting in the Wings

Ice Cube, Janelle Monae, Tyler the Creator to headline this year’s Afropunk Fest

Check yo self: Ice Cube will headline this year’s Afropunk festival.
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Rapper Ice Cube is among the performers headlining this year’s Afropunk Festival, which will take over Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene on Aug. 27 and 28, organizers announced on Tuesday.

The 12th incarnation of the fest, which celebrates black bands and artists, will also feature rapper Tyler the Creator, rock band TV on the Radio, soul outfit the Internet, rhythm and blues songstress Janelle Monae, funk legend George Clinton, soul singer CeeLo Green, hip-hop producer Flying Lotus, and a “super jam” between members of ’80s hard rockers Living Colour, Bad Brains, and Fishbone.

The full line up is here.

The fest was famously free for many years, but added a price tag last year. This year, general admission tickets will cost between $45 and $75, but as with last year, those who can’t pay will be able to earn a free pass by doing volunteer work.

Afropunk Festival at Commodore Barry Park (Flushing Avenue between Navy Street and N. Elliott Place in Fort Greene, Aug. 27 and 28 starting at 11 am. $45–$75.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Morris from Mill Basin says:
It was better in the old days when they used to have it in that parking lot off Flatbush Ave. near BAM (which is not a skyscraper, I think), and it was free and kind of DIY. AfroPunk Fest started as a noncommercial festival, kind of amateurish, but filled with fun. Success sort of ruined it for me. It's now a big corporate event.

On the other hand, at least festival-goers won't have to listen to any Bernie speeches.
April 20, 2016, 10:43 am

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