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22 awesome photos of the very first Afropunk festival in London

Miriam Bouteba

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


   Loyle Carner

 Laura Mvula

 Fists in the air for Gaika



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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