Afropunk Fest: Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Gym Class Heroes


The 8th Annual Afropunk Festival is returning to Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25-26. The 2012 festival brings together its most stellar line-up yet, featuring a diverse mix of performers including Erykah Badu featuring the Cannibanoids, Gym Class Heroes, Janelle Monae, Das Racist, Toro Y Moi, Skindred, Reggie Watts, Spank Rock, and more listed below.

In addition, the largest Street Skate and BMX showcase returns with the NikeBattle For the Streets Skate and BMX Competition. The event will feature the nation's best amateur skaters and BMX riders in a competition to be judged by top professionals in both sports.

Described by the New York Times as putting "rock and rebellion squarely in the category of African-American music," the Afropunk Festival has become a Brooklyn intuition and the focal point for the burgeoning Afropunk movement.

Regrettably, last year's festival was cancelled due to Hurricane Irene. The storm almost put an end to the Afropunk Festival, but through the organizations' dedication and hard work, and the support of this year’s sponsors which include Nike, vitaminwater, Kind and media sponsors The Fader and WNYC, the festival is back delivering the best music, food, culture and sports—and still free to the public.


  • Erykah Badu featuring the Cannabinoids
  • Gym Class Heroes
  • Janelle Monae
  • Das Racist
  • Skindred
  • Toro Y Moi
  • Reggie Watts
  • Spank Rock
  • Ninjasonik
  • Toshi Reagon
  • Straight Line Stitch
  • The Memorials
  • Radkey
  • Bad Rabbits
  • Gordon Voidwell
  • The London Souls
  • Cerebral Ballzy
  • Phony Ppl
  • Body Language


    [Published on: 6/11/12]

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