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22 awesome photos of the very first Afropunk festival in London

AFROPUNK
Chazz Adnitt

Afropunk, the wonderfully eclectic festival that celebrates black art and culture, made its UK debut this weekend at Ally Pally. Launched 11 years ago in Brooklyn, the event is as renowned for its seriously stylish attendees as its sterling line-up, and the inaugural London event didn't disappoint on any front.

Headlined by her royal Graceness – who hoolahooped non-stop for over five minutes and was just as brilliant as expected – the line-up was heavy with homegrown acts, an electric atmosphere and a crowd decked out in their Sunday best. Highlights of the day included suitably sassy shows from MNEK and The Noisettes and a political-but-not-in-a-preachy-way performance from Akala who was joined on stage by living legend Don Letts. All in all it was a day of love, diversity and incredible ensembles. 

Here are some of our favourite shots by photographer Chazz Adnitt from the fun-filled, hate-free day: 

Impossibly awesome Londoners:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grace Jones

 

 

  Akala

 

 

   Loyle Carner

 

 

 Laura Mvula

 

 

 Fists in the air for Gaika

 

 

 Ho99o9

 

 

 MNEK

 

 

Lady Leshurr

 

 

Young Fathers 

 

 

Shingai Shoniwa from The Noisettes

 

 

Skinny Girl Diet 

 

 

 

Finally, the gospel according to Afropunk:  

 

 

 

London, you've done yourself proud.   

Looking for more brilliant things to do in London? Check out these events in October.

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