We’ve officially surpassed the halfway mark of this year, and that means one thing—you’ve got less than two months to make summer HAPPEN! And while we love a good summer jaunt away, the Parlour crew always makes sure we’re back in our home of Brooklyn, New York every August for one event, The AFROPUNK Festival aka AFROPUNK BK. Sure, the festival has also jumped to Atlanta, Paris and is debuting in London this fall, but Brooklyn is the mother and our personal favorite. From it’s beginnings in Ft. Greene to it’s current home next to the Manhattan Bridge, this is the weekend where we throw on our flyest (and most comfy) summer gear, organize the crew, reunite with old friends, meet new ones and just simply enjoy the beauty of us. Whether your journey to Brooklyn involves a flight or simply a subway ride, there are SO many reasons to put the festival on your schedule this year, but here are six that stood out for us #TravelFly mavens:
The Lineup Is As Diverse As The Crowd
If you are us, your playlist changes as often as your travel goals. So no matter if you plan on dancing the day away with Sango, Joe Kay and the Soulection crew, getting your future,melodic soul on with Janelle Monae, Galant and The Internet or rocking out with Trash Talk or Fishbone, there is literally something for everyone. We know our 33yo+ original alt girls will appreciate seeing Skye and Ross from Morcheeba (!!), and whether it’s your first of fiftieth time, TV On The Radio never disappoints live. And well, Ice Cube and George Clinton. No explanation necessary…and that’s not even the entire lineup. Come to see your faves one more time and discover new ones to add to your #MusicToFlyTo playlists.
Brooklyn Is The Borough
Just ask everyone that lives in Harlem (jokes)! Seriously, there’s a reason why the AFROPUNK festival remains in Brooklyn—because it truly is one of the best places on this earth which is why it’s also one of the most popular, and where we’ve called home for over a decade. A day exploring Brooklyn can take you from Jamaica to Barbados to Mexico to Russia to Italy and then over to Senegal with more neighborhoods to spare. So if you’re planning to come from out of town, there are plenty of reasons to skip a Manhattan hotel and stay in BK! We’ve got the best Airbnbs to crew up and rent out, or you can choose from one of the four hotels that the festival has partnered with especially for that weekend. Our fave? Definitely the Aloft or Red Lion…where you can walk to some of our favorite sights like the Brooklyn Bridge. After the festival ends each day, you can use the AFROPUNK AFTER DARK events as the perfect roadmap to discover all the amazing music venues, lounges and social scenes that Brooklyn has to offer.
Style, Style, Street Style!
Whether your style is fierce & fancy or boho-chic, AFROPUNK BK brings out the best of the best when it comes to personal style. So if you are craving some inspiration and ideas for your hair, your personal beauty and/or your closet—consider this festival a look-book come to life. From the flyest natural styles, to funky prints crafted into all types of silhouettes, we love rolling to Commodore Barry Park each August to get inspired! And though no one wants to admit it, we all know that street-style photographers are out from Vogue, Essence, Elle, Refinery29 and more—so ladies are definitely bringing their #carefreeblackgirl ‘A’ game. It’s the olympics of fly folk people-watching.
The Shopping is Everything
As AFROPUNK BK festival goers from way back, we can say it with authority—bring a tote bag and be prepared to fill it. Because funky tees, ankara print accessories, natural-luxe body products, home decor and plenty more are raining from the sky in the SpinThrift Market with over 100 artisans. You will find pieces that you will keep forever, and turn heads no matter where you find yourself. And your money is going back to independent creators and retailers that you can continue to support throughout the year and spend thoughtfully.
Simply put, you can be yourself here. Your true self—and people will love you for it. Unlike other summer music festivals that can kinda feel like a “too cool for school” high school reunion, there are plenty of smiles to go along with everyone’s fly sunglasses at AFROPUNK BK. Folks come open and ready to experience music, but to also learn about each other’s cultures, lifestyles and issues that folks have a passion for. And even though there is a VIP experience, there are definitely no “classes” that leave some you feeling as if you’re missing something, everyone is just there to have a damn good time…in cute shorts.
You Get More, And Spend Less
Seasoned summer festival goers will tell you that seeing your favorite bands during the summer months comes at a price. So let’s do a little math using the cost of a General Admission, 1 Day Ticket as an example:
Lollapalooza Chicago – $120.00
Coachella – $133 (calculated from $399 for 3 Days)
Governor’s Ball – $105
Roots Picnic – $99
Wireless (UK) – £155.50
AFROPUNK Festival BK – $45
No matter if you’re getting your swank on with a VIP ($220) or General Admission ($75) Weekend Pass or perhaps taking it day by day—your money is very much well spent and going back into a community makes an effort to hire, book and support the community it serves. A good investment for any summer jaunt.
So we’ll see you in Brooklyn this August right? For more information about AFROPUNK BK, simply head here.