Afro-Punk Fest 2013: Our 100 favorite photos (slide show)

Time Out's best photos and highlights from the annual Brooklyn music festival in Commodore Barry Park.

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  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Questlove performs a DJ set at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Bike riders perform stunts during the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Danny Brown performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Vintage Trouble performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Festivalgoers enjoy the rock-climbing wall provided by Brooklyn Boulders at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Living Colour performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Heavy performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Chuck D performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Wicked Wisdom performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Saul Williams performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Skins perform at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Bike riders perform stunts during the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Mykki Blanco performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Unlocking the Truth performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Death performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Vintage Trouble performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Wicked Wisdom performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Theophilus London performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Saul Williams performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Skins perform at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Festivalgoers enjoy the rock-climbing wall provided by Brooklyn Boulders at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Danny Brown performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Heavy performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    k-os performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Jean Grae performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Bike riders perform stunts during the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Living Colour performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Wicked Wisdom performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The 2013 Afro-Punk Fest took place August 24–25, 2013 at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Skins perform at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Festivalgoers enjoy the rock-climbing wall provided by Brooklyn Boulders at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Theophilus London performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Vintage Trouble performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Mykki Blanco performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Wicked Wisdom performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Bike riders perform stunts during the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Heavy performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Living Colour performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Unlocking the Truth performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Chuck D performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Death performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Danny Brown performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Saul Williams performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Wicked Wisdom performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Skins perform at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Jean Grae performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Vintage Trouble performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Living Colour performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Festivalgoers enjoy the rock-climbing wall provided by Brooklyn Boulders at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Heavy performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Bike riders perform stunts during the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Theophilus London performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Danny Brown performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Questlove performs a DJ set at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Living Colour performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    k-os performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Skins perform at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Jean Grae performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Death performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Wicked Wisdom performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Living Colour performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Vintage Trouble performs at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The 2013 Afro-Punk Fest took place August 24–25, 2013 at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn.

Photograph: Michael J. Chen

Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park.


The Afro-Punk Fest annually marks a bittersweet turn of events. While offering a healthy dose of Brooklyn pride and an onslaught of wonderful music, art and culture in celebration of the African-American presence in a wide variety of genres, the festival also signifies that the feel-good days of summer in New York City are coming to a much-too-soon close. But Time Out wasn’t about to let the impending cold bring us down, and we were there every step of the way, documenting all the action at Afro-Punk Fest 2013.

A large crowd of typical Brooklynite music and art fans (young, hip, attractive, tattooed, etc.) took to Fort Greene’s Commodore Barry Park to enjoy a diverse array of performances. Headliners Chuck D and DJ Lord proved that older men can still make powerful statements in hip-hop, while the ever-eccentric Danny Brown and the gender-bending Mykki Blanco demonstrated that the last and best place for hip-hop to go is the bizarre. Jada Pinkett Smith’s Wicked Wisdom was decidedly unsucky, rare for an actor-led band. Not to mention, in probably the best booking ever for a festival called Afro-Punk, Death—both the world’s first punk band and world’s first African-American punk band (as shown in last year’s doc A Band Called Death)—got together for a blistering set. Elsewhere on the bill, Odd Future skate-punk buds Trash Talk raised a hell of a ruckus.

Other festival highlights included BMX demonstrations, a rock climbing wall courtesy of Brooklyn Boulders, food trucks galore and, oh yeah, perfect weather. Till next year, Afro-Punk.


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