August 24-25 2013 | Commodore Barry Park, BK | New York



"AFROPUNK isn't a genre, it's fashion, expression, music, it is a movement." ~ BILLBOARD

2012 Press


"The AFROPUNK FESTIVAL is the only music festival in America that truly understands just who invented rock'n'roll" ~ SPIN

Check out last year!

  • Wicked Wisdom

    Wicked Wisdom

    AUGUST 24th

    Members: Jada Pinkett Smith (Lead Vocals), Pocket Honore (Guitar), Cameron Graves (Guitar, Keyboard), Aaron Haggerty (Drums), Taylor Graves (Keyboard). Formed by Jada Pinkett Smith in 2002, Wicked Wisdom set out on a fearless journey to create music that defies boundaries and convention. Fronted by accomplished actor Jada Pinkett Smith under the stage name, Jada Koren, [...]

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  • Living Colour

    Living Colour

    AUGUST 25th

    Living Colour is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1984. Stylistically, the band’s music is a creative fusion influenced by free jazz, funk, hip hop, hard rock, and heavy metal.

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  • Roofeeo


    AUGUST 25th

    Jahphet Negast Landis, also known as Roofeeo (pronounced ROO-FEE-YO), is a Panama born; Brooklyn, NY raised international Drummer/DJ/ Music Producer. He has been privileged to work with many influential artists including; The Death Set, Santigold, Spank Rock, Amanda Blank, Ninjasonik, Theophilus London, David Andrew Sitek, Diplo, Lil B, Dj Sega, Blaqstarr, Jesse Boykins lll, Melo-x, [...]

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  • DJ mOma

    DJ mOma

    AUGUST 25th

    Hailing from Queens NY, mOma is the embodiment of the versatile New York DJ. His sets consist of an agile blend of funk, soul, r&b, disco, house, hip-hop, reggae, world music and underground dance grooves all mixed with an equal share of classic jams, rare gems and modern day bangers. This unique diversity has seen [...]

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  • Chuck D & DJ Lord

    Chuck D & DJ Lord

    AUGUST 25th

    As one of the trailblazers of the rap movement, Chuck D redefined hip-hop as music with a message.

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  • ?uestlove


    AUGUST 25th

    ?uestlove is the unmistakable heartbeat of The Roots, Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop band. Beyond that, this Grammy award-winning musician’s undisputable reputation has landed him musical directing positions with everyone from D’Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z. He boasts production credits for Al Green, Erykah Badu, Joss Stone, Justin Timberlake and D’Angelo, among many others. His uncanny [...]

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  • Death


    AUGUST 25th

    Death is one of Rock-N-Roll’s most unique and inspiring bands. Three brothers who played some of the hardest-driving Rock-N-Roll and recorded a now classic album in 1975. Rejected for their sound, their name, and their color, 34 years later the band Death began receiving what is now world-wide recognition for the Rock-N-Roll music they created in Detroit throughout the seventies.

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  • The Heavy

    The Heavy

    AUGUST 24th

    A co-ed quintet from the outskirts of Bath, England, the Heavy draw influence from funk, soul, blaxploitation film soundtracks, and the gritty garage rock of the Sonics. Guitarist Dan Taylor and vocalist Kelvin Swaby became friends in the 1990s, bonding over a shared appreciation for vintage R&B and Jim Jarmusch films. Joined by bassist Spencer [...]

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  • Trash Talk

    Trash Talk

    AUGUST 25th

    Trash Talk is an American hardcore punk band hailing from Sacramento, California, formed in 2005. Trash Talk combines modern hardcore and thrash with the aggression of its descendents, creating a sound that is at once exciting, unrelenting and entirely fresh. Kerrang! winners of Kerrang! Awards ‘Best International Newcomer’ 2010 “Trash Talk are unstoppable, uncontrollable and [...]

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  • Danny Brown

    Danny Brown

    AUGUST 25th

    In an era of industry-obsessed MCs, interchangeable hashtag raps, and “viral” everything, it has become increasingly difficult to find a true original in the rap game. Yet ask anyone who’s been paying attention and they’ll tell you: Danny Brown is that dude. In 2011 the Motor City MC teamed up with Fool’s Gold Records and [...]

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  • Saul Williams

    Saul Williams

    AUGUST 24th

    Who I am and what I do seems to vary by mod, mood, and mode of expression. I write. I act. I perform. Most of the labels that are projected onto me are seldom how I would choose to refer to myself. Yet, regardless of how much I might dodge classification, the one label that [...]

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  • Theophilus London

    Theophilus London

    AUGUST 24th

    Behind the success of his debut album, Timez Are Weird These Days, Theophilus London has spent the last two years traversing across the globe, selling out clubs from Paris to Australia to NYC and performing on TV shows like The Late Show with David Letterman, 90210, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and France’s Concert Du Grand Journal. [...]

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  • Vintage Trouble

    Vintage Trouble

    AUGUST 25th

    Vintage Trouble formed in 2010 out of the ashes of a few other bands, and not by chance, Ty Taylor (vocal) and Nalle Colt (guitar) teamed up with drummer Richard Danielson and bassist Rick Barrio Dill. With a unified decision to stay in Los Angeles to build their musical foundation as a band, weekly residences [...]

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  • The London Souls

    The London Souls

    AUGUST 24th

    The London Souls’ unique reinterpretation of classic hard-hitting rock and roll formulae recalls elements of the past with an ever-present boundless energy, fit to cement their place in the future.

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  • The Coup

    The Coup

    AUGUST 25th

    THE COUP The Coup is a musically and politically insurgent band. Fronted by celebrated vocalist-writer and activist Boots Riley and backed by a cadre of talented musicians and collaborators, the band will release their anticipated new album Sorry To Bother You this October 30th via Anti- Records. The group first exploded on to the scene [...]

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  • Mykki Blanco

    Mykki Blanco

    AUGUST 24th

    An interesting mix of RuPaul, Marina Abramovic, Marilyn Manson, Kate Moss, and André Breton, Mykki Blanco isn’t so much an everyday person but an event, art happening, hip-hop artist, and “womanly side” of Michael David Quattlebaum Jr. Quattlebaum grew up bouncing between San Mateo, California, and Raleigh, North Carolina, but ran away to New York [...]

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  • k-os


    AUGUST 25th

    Before Kanye. Before Drake. Before Frank Ocean. Before The Weeknd. Before Odd Future. There was k-os. k-os returns with the double album, BLack on BLonde on January 29th via Crown Loyalist/Nettwerk Records (US). BLack on BLonde is two records: one album of rock tunes, on which k-os sings and plays drums, guitar and bass, and [...]

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  • Big Freedia

    Big Freedia

    AUGUST 25th

    Big Freedia (pronounced “FREE-da”), known as the Queen of Bounce, is at the forefront of the Bounce rap movement (a subgenre of hip-hop born out of New Orleans and known for its call and response style and lightening speed booty-shaking dance). Performing five out of seven nights in any given week with dancers she calls The Divas, Big Freedia’s show is nothing short of dazzling.

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  • Rye Rye

    Rye Rye

    AUGUST 24th

    In her 19 years, Rye Rye has lived more than most. Pulling herself up and out of the Baltimore projects by her own determination, wiling away hours in the city’s all-ages club scene not to waste her time but to make something of her time.

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  • Le1f


    AUGUST 24th

    In a world full of rappers claiming to be one of a kind, Le1f (born Khalif Diouf) is a real deal original, a fascinatingly complicated personality full of seeming contractions. He’s a Manhattan native who studied ballet and modern dance, and eventually earned a degree in dance from Wesleyan before returning to the city to become a rapper. He’s an out and proud gay MC whose style is rooted in Tunnel bangers from a less socially enlightened era of hip-hop.

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  • Jean Grae

    Jean Grae

    AUGUST 24th

    Spawned from two super musically gifted parents, Jean Grae’s powers manifested at an early age. Her own gifts were prematurely triggered when her desire to travel through space and time often found her lost in her own imagination and a secret world born of her creativity. Jean instinctively linked her mind to the sounds of [...]

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    AUGUST 24th

    In the 80′s- CX KIDTRONIK was known as DJ KID K.U.T. and formed his first hip-hop electro-boogie band – MIDNITE MISSION (which featured DAVID LAST) and started performing and collaborating with local rap groups such as FRESH FORCE, D-LYTE, and DEF KALI. He then started his own hardcore rap crew = JMC and Kid K.U.T. [...]

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  • The Dust Rays

    The Dust Rays

    AUGUST 24th

    When Captain Kirk Douglas and Mark Kelly aren’t busy being in the Roots (a/k/a the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) well… there really isn’t time for anything else. Which is why the fact that the Dust Rays exists is rather miraculous. There is recorded material but as believers in serving no wine before it’s time, you’ll have to settle for the experience of what happens when these brothers who have been playing music in suits all day join forces with Earl Grayhound’s Ricc Sheridan on drums to deliver an old school rock & roll wallop to satisfy the soul. A release will happen but as for now they’d rather have the pleasure of delivering the gospel straight to your earhole.

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  • The Skins

    The Skins

    AUGUST 24th

    The Skins are an infectious Brooklyn-based rock band consisting of siblings Bayli, Reef, and Kaya Mckeithan, along with friends and dueling guitarists Daisy Spencer and Russell Chell. Although they range in ages from 13-19, The Skins play like old pro’s, offering a soulful interpretation of rock that today’s audiences crave and proving that age doesn’t matter.

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  • MEΔTLOΔF Muzik

    MEΔTLOΔF Muzik

    AUGUST 25th

    MEAΔTLOAF MUZIK is a group of musicians who are a part of a larger movement kown as “MEATLOAF”. MEΔATLOAΔF MUZIK as a crew infuses the “GOLDEN ERA” of hip-hop with new school “SWAG”; which is the common thread that brings them together.

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  • Rebelmatic


    AUGUST 24th

    Firmly rooted in New York’s Punk and and Hardcore ancestry, Rebelmatic has self-sworn hip-hop purists, moshing alongside skate punks. This is raw music for real people. . Its unrelenting, brutal and touching all at once.

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  • Unlocking the Truth

    Unlocking the Truth

    AUGUST 24th

    Unlocking the Truth is a young heavy metal/hard rock band from Brooklyn, New York, who write and create their own lyrics and music.

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  • Sunny Gang

    Sunny Gang

    AUGUST 25th

    We are a rock/rap band hailing out of Newark, NJ. We try to keep things sunny so get active and smile god dammit!

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  • Pyyramids


    AUGUST 25th

    PYYRAMIDS is the dark and mysterious union of two beautifully creative minds joined together from great distance. Improbably comprised of Tim Nordwind and Drea Smith – he is from the indie rock band OK Go, she is from the electro-pop outfit He Say/She Say – the duo initially bonded over an affinity for first-wave British post-punk and 80’s Manchester bands. “We were an unlikely combination, and that seemed like reason enough to try it,” Nordwind explains. After a mutual friend introduced the pair via email, a dialogue started and a fast friendship was forged…the musical ideas began to flow back and forth via email. “We didn’t have any specific goal, we just started writing and these songs emerged,” elaborates Smith.

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  • MikeQ


    AUGUST 25th

    MikeQ [Fade To Mind|Qween Beat|Mad Decent], Is an American Artist and is one of the leading figures of the US’s long-running (but still largely underground) ballroom/vogue- house culture. Based in New Jersey, the 27 year old producer is not only one of the busy DJs, but he also heads up his own “Qween Beat” Label and turns out a steady stream of vogue and ballroom tracks, re-edits, and remixes.

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  • Mess Kid

    Mess Kid

    AUGUST 24th

    Born in Latvia as Artem Emelianov, he moved to the suburbs of Detroit at six, where his father would put him to sleep by playing “stuff that normal kids just don’t listen to,” including Kraftwerk, Deep Forest and French electronic composer Jean Michel Jarre. As a teenager, he snuck into clubs and became so obsessed with beats, he says, that he “can’t ever remember a song’s lyrics.”

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  • The White Mandingos

    The White Mandingos

    AUGUST 25th

    Celebrated West Coast rhyme-slayer Murs, legendary bassist and Bad Brains founder Darryl Jenifer and ego trip co-creator Sacha Jenkins SHR are THE WHITE MANDINGOS. The band’s output combines the collective musical experiences of these three men who hail from three distinct towns: Washington DC, Los Angeles and New York City. Their debut full length, The [...]

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  • Sebastian


    AUGUST 25th

    Sebastian Joshua Flowers (Creative Director, Design & Marketing, DJ) is a native Brooklynite, born of Belizean and Honduran parents. He is a trans- identified filmmaker, model, designer, and dj of bklyn boihood. Sebastian’s innovativeness and resourcefulness transpired a B.A. in Political Science in 2010 from the New School University, and has allowed him to be [...]

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  • DJ Mr. Hernandez

    DJ Mr. Hernandez

    AUGUST 24th

    We are one half of the group called Oxymorrons. We started the Dj & Drummer concept about a year ago, as a successful form to warm-up the crowd. Because of such positive feedback from the crowd we have integrated it into every show that we possibly can. DJ MR.Hernandez(Omar Hernandez) grew up in Queens NY, [...]

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  • PatPervert


    AUGUST 24th

    Born 1972 and raised in Staten Island N.Y. Since I was a kid I had a knack for 2 things…Science and music; music won. I had a strong influences in R&B, soul, and funk. As I grew in the 80s, I began liking alternative music and Rock ‘n’ Roll. Around 1987 I fell in love [...]

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  • Mursi Layne

    Mursi Layne

    AUGUST 24th

    Trinidad native and Brooklyn resident, Mursi, is not only a crowd pleasing self-taught deejay, but also a producer, field sound recordist and sound editor.

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  • Uniiqu3


    AUGUST 25th

    Uniique, born Cherise Gary, is fresh. With her signature style of Jersey Club she holds an enviable mix of impeccable production skill and tempered, rhythmic eccentricity, along with her confident rap flow on her Own cuts, that distinguishes her tracks.

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  • J Lamar

    J Lamar

    AUGUST 24th

    BedStuy based DJ JLamar mixes the timeless sounds of past hip hop, house, soul and R&B and transforms them with electro / bass heavy beats and remixes to create a new spin on the classics, while blending some of today’s gems in his sets. You’ll hear anything from Bmore Club Remixes of Motown Girl Groups to Trap reworks of 80s/ 90s Hip Hop & R&B Jams. Formerly a host & co – creator of the city wide dance Party BANANAS! He has since stepped behind the decks to serve beats all over NYC and the East Coast.

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  • Small Axe

    Small Axe

    AUGUST 24th

    Formed as emcee Roch’s backing band for his solo material in September 2010, Small Axe played their first gig ever on the Van’s Warped Tour in the summer of 2011 in the company of Shinobi Ninja and Green Jelly, among others. Since then they have blown away unsuspecting audiences around Bed-Stuy and elsewhere in Brooklyn/NYC [...]

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  • Stack-Aly


    AUGUST 24th

    Stack-Aly, grew up in brooklyn in the 80′s NY Punk and Skateboard scene. He presently DJ’s Punk Rock, Garage Rock, 60′s / Northern Soul, Rockabilly, Doo Wop, 40′s – 50′s R-N-B and Rock N Roll.

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  • Prince Paul

    Prince Paul

    AUGUST 25th

    Prince Paul , DJ , Producer , man of mystery , crime fighter and peoples champion , Hip hop skit inventor Producer of 3 grammy award winning albums and nominations ,” Best Prodcer of the year” 1990 New york music awards . in addition to numerous awards gold and platnum Records. Paul considers himself quiet [...]

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  • Mick Collins

    Mick Collins

    AUGUST 25th

    “I’m not the only black guy who was in some kind of underground rock band in Detroit in the ’80s; Im just one of the only ones STILL dong it thirty years later!” Mick Collins began playing music with friends in basement bands in 1980, and a decade later found himself in the seminal noise/rock [...]

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  • Larry B

    Larry B

    AUGUST 24th

    Larry B plays music.

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  • Teachers


    AUGUST 24th

    “Crossed Out” is the newest release from New York based band Teachers. You may have heard the band’s name when they collaborated with Kanye West and contributed to his single “Monster” featuring Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and Bon Iver. Directed by Bruno Ilgoti, “Crossed Out” is the first of a series of videos [...]

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Bringing yoga out of the studio and into the park.


"AFROPUNK has blossomed into a writhing ecosystem of cultural and digital exchange, sprouting bohemian sects of young minorities in any and every major city" ~ROLLINGSTONE


"Believe it or not, (AFROPUNK is) so Hip-Hop... started as an underground rebellious movement ... it continuously refused to accept the doors that were continuously shut" ~ALLHIPHOP.COM



12:00 – 2:00 DJ UNIIQU3
2:00 – 4:00 DJ LARRY B
4:00 – 6:00 DJ MURSI LAYNE
6:00 – 8:00 DJ J LAMAR


12:00 – 2:00 DJ J LAMAR
2:00 – 4:00 DJ MR. HERNANDEZ
4:00 – 6:00 DJ PAT PERVERT
6:00 – 8:00 DJ SEBASTIAN

Restaurant Row

Why shop on an empty stomach?!? Your favorite Brooklyn Restaurants will pop-up at the park for AFROPUNK FEST 2013. Be sure to visit RESTAURANT ROW as you make your way through the SPIN THRIFT MARKET.

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    Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen is inspired by the many visits to owner Ron’s grandmother’s house as a young boy. Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen re-introduces the American classic- the grilled cheese sandwich.

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    Spur Tree is a chic Lower East Side haven that fuses top-shelf Jamaican-Asian cuisine nestled into a cozy restaurant with a signature ambiance that mixes Dancehall and Reggae with NYC lounge savvy.

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    A long-standing haven for Brooklyn writers and poets, Brooklyn Moon’s homestyle kitchen keeps their artistic patrons inspired with Caribbean and Southern influences.

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    Madiba is your palate’s “gateway to South Africa,” offering a unique cultural experience through food and community – the first of its kind in the United States.

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"... not only a celebration of great music but a celebration of individuality and a microcosm for what NYC has come to represent, a true melting pot" ~ MTV RAPFIX

Everyday People


"A unique fashion-forward fusion of hippie, punk, raver, rasta, African tribal, and (dare we say) hipster, the colorful looks on display were dazzling" ~ MTV HIVE

After Dark

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$25 Suggested Donation for Guaranteed Admission Fast Pass


"If AFROPUNK Festival isn't the city's best one-site free festival (and I' argue that it almost certainly is) it definitely has the most defined identity" ~ THE L MAGAZINE



12:00 – 1:15   DJ STACK-ALY
1:15 – 1:45    DUST RAYS
1:45 – 2:00    DJ STACK-ALY
2:00 – 2:30    THE SKINS
2:30 – 2:45    DJ STACK-ALY
2:45 – 3:15    JEAN GRAE
3:15 – 3:45    DJ STACK-ALY
3:45 – 4:15    THE LONDON SOULS
4:15 – 4:30    DJ STACK-ALY
4:30 – 4:45    UNLOCKING THE TRUTH
4:45 – 5:00    DJ STACK-ALY
5:00 – 5:30    WICKED WISDOM
5:30 – 5:50    DJ TEACHERS
5:50 – 6:30    THEOPHILUS LONDON
6:30 – 7:00    DJ TEACHERS
7:00 – 7:45    THE HEAVY
7:45 – 8:15    ???
8:15 – 9:15    SPECIAL GUEST


1:15 – 2:15    DJ PAT PERVERT
2:15 – 2:45    SMALL AXE
2:45 – 3:15    DJ MR. HERNANDEZ
3:15 – 3:45    REBELMATIC
3:45 – 4:15    DJ UNIIQU3
4:15 – 4:45    RYE RYE
4:45 – 515     DJ MESS KID
5:15 – 5:45    LE1F
5:45 – 6:15    DJ LARRY B
6:15 – 6:45    MYKKI BLANCO
6:45 – 7:10    DJ PAT PERVERT
7:10 – 7:30    CX KiDTRONiK
7:30 – 8:15    SAUL WILLIAMS


12:00 – 1:15   DJ UNIIQU3
1:15 – 1:45    SUNNY GANG
1:45 – 2:00    DJ MOMA
2:00 – 2:30    PYYRAMIDS
2:30 – 2:45    DJ MOMA
2:45 – 3:15    THE COUP
3:15 – 3:45    DJ TEACHERS
3:45 – 4:15    K-OS
4:15 – 4:45    DJ MICK COLLINS
4:45 – 5:15    DEATH
5:15 – 5:45    DJ MICK COLLINS
5:45 – 6:25    VINTAGE TROUBLE
6:25 – 6:50    DJ MICK COLLINS
6:50 – 7:45    LIVING COLOUR
7:45 – 8:30    DJ PRINCE PAUL
8:30 – 9:30    ?UESTLOVE


1:15 – 2:15    DJ MIKEQ
2:15 – 2:45    ME∆TLO∆F MUZIK
2:45 – 3:15    DJ MIKEQ
3:15 – 3:45    THE WHITE MANDINGOS
3:45 – 4:15    DJ MIKEQ
4:15 – 4:45    BIG FREEDIA
4:45 – 5:15    DJ ROOFEEO
5:15 – 5:45    DANNY BROWN
5:45 – 6:15    DJ ROOFEEO
6:15 – 7:00    TRASH TALK
7:00 – 7:30    DJ ROOFEEO
7:30 – 8:30    CHUCK D & DJ LORD   


B, D, N, Q, or R Trains to Dekalb Avenue Station. F Train to York Street Station. B57, B62 & B69 Buses to Commodore Barry Park.

Festival Location
Commodore Barry Park
Nassau St., Park Ave.,
bet. Navy St. and N. Elliot Pl.
Brooklyn, NY
Contact Info
Editorial: Lou Constant-Desportes

Sponsorship and Sales: Jocelyn Cooper

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