Afropunk Festival Announces Battle Of The Bands
The 8th annual Afropunk Festival is hitting Brooklyn, New York, this summer with a jaw-dropping lineup including Erykah Badu featuring the Cannibanoids, Gym Class Heroes, Janelle Monae, Das Racist, Skindred, Toro Y Moi, and many more. Since 2005, Afropunk has given a voice to alternative hip hop and under-represented African American genres.
“Co-curated by Morgan and Spooner, the festival celebrated and unified the cultural cornerstones of Afro-Punk: music, film, skate, and most importantly, the fiercely independent and influential individuals that are the lifeblood of the AP community,” the Afropunk website explains.
From August 25-26, the movement will continue nurturing and supporting new talent during this year’s highly-anticipated festival. Prior to the festival, a ton of cultural events are happening throughout New York City. The most exciting is the annual Battle of the Bands competition, a contest that gives musicians an opportunity to perform at the festival in August.
There is a social media and a live component to this year’s Battle of the Bands. The competition’s online component begins Monday, June 25, culminating with live performances from July 23, through July 26 (semi-finals), with the final battle scheduled for August 3. All performances take place at the Candy Factory in Brooklyn, New York.
To register, visit Afropunk , create a band profile, and enter the contest on the Battle of the Bands Facebook page. The top 16 bands with the most online votes via Facebook will face-off at the semi-finals held between July 23, and July 26, 2012. After a series of live performances, four bands will make it to the live final at the Candy Factory where two will be selected.
Described by The New York Times as putting “rock and rebellion squarely in the category of African-American music,” the Afropunk Festival has started a movement that can’t be tamed, with on-the-verge acts like Santigold, The Noisettes, Janelle Monae, Saul Williams, The Dirtbombs, Mos Def, and Bad Brains.
For more information about, visit the Afropunk website.