Afropunk festival in Joburg set to be full of surprises

Headlining artists include The Internet, Public Enemy, Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Thandiswa Mazwai.

FILE: The Afropunk Festival on 31 December 2017. Picture: @afropunk/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Afropunk festival organisers remain tight lipped on any surprise acts at the festival which is set to take place at Constitution Hill this weekend.

Headlining artists include The Internet, Public Enemy, Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Thandiswa Mazwai.

Last year, Solange Knowles cancelled her performance a few nights before the event but promised to return.

However, no announcement in that regard has been made.

Afropunk president and co-CEO Jocelyn Cooper says people should expect lots of surprises.

“You’ll have to come to find out but I know that the experience will be so much better than last year. This year we put a lot of work into it and creativity, so I hope that everyone will join us.”

Festival-goers are urged to buy or earn their tickets in time for the massive event.

People can earn tickets through the festival’s volunteer and Afropunk army initiatives by signing up on the website.

The festival will take place under the theme “the people resist”.

Cooper says the festival remains dedicated to uplifting communities.

“When young bands get the exposure and are able to build on an audience, that is what success is for me. The fact that 10,000 people come a day, 20,000 people over the weekend that is successful.”