Afropunk, like many things of value in the punk scene, is a well-kept secret.

Entering its eleventh year of celebration, Afropunk is continuously paving its way into the public’s eyes. Originating in Brooklyn, N.Y., Afropunk Fest has spread its grasp on young adults to Atlanta and Paris. The idea behind the festival is to take preconceived notions of stereotypical punk scenes and African American culture and dismantle/piece them together. Celebrating all forms of art – film, books, comedy, music, etc. – this festival is bound to leave you yearning to be surrounded by people who just want to appreciate the artistic, judgement-free atmosphere that represents Afropunk. New York Times describes Afropunk Festival as “the most multicultural festival in the U.S.”

Afropunk Fest will be featuring its first Atlanta appearance October 3 and 4 in Central Park and bringing its Brooklyn fashion and flavor to the South for the weekend. Tickets will vary from general admission at $79 to a VIP pass for the weekend at $289.

Headliners include:

Friday: Flying Lotus, Death Grips, Public Enemy, Twin Shadow, Danny Brown, Lion Babe, Big Freedia and Saul Williams

Saturday: D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Santigold, Tyler the Creator, Twin Shadow, Benjamin Booker and Trash Talk

Afropunk After Dark events will be spread out for nights after the festival turning the streets of Atlanta into a haven for music, comedy, and culture.  Venues and bars will feature pop-up performances, DJ sets, comedy shows, film screenings and art installations. Lookout for a full lineup of these events posted prior to the festival.

Afropunk Fest
Oct. 3-4, 2015

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