As Printworks closes the doors on Issue 001 this weekend, with Paul Kalkbrenner’s Back To The Future on Saturday and Photon with Ben Klock on Sunday, the south London venue has announced the next shows set to take place at the former printing press.
Legendary 14-year-old festival Afropunk will return to London at Printworks with an all-star line up. The extensive billing includes names such as Lianne La Havas, Thundercat, Danny Brown, JME, Nao, Corinne Bailey Rae, Willow Smith and many more.
The festival, now into its second year in the UK, will feature some of the best names in grime, punk, hip-hop, soul as well as reggae and roots music. Last year Afropunk took place at the notorious Alexandra Palace and has now traded the north London venue for south, as the press halls converts into a festival setting for the first ever time.
The taking place on 22nd and 23rd July bill food, art and fashion almost as equally as the music creating a full immersive experience for the entire audience. A marketplace selling a variety of different world and street foods will be one of the main attractions at the two-day event.
Other acts playing include Saul Williams, Kojey Radical, rock band Sate and garage punkers The Bots, with many more acts set to be announced, including a very special guest headliner.
Mercury award nominated Ghostpoet will headline Printworks’ symbolic Press Halls come 10th November, when he returns to his hometown to perform his brand new album Immigrant Boogie, as well as some classics.
Immigrant Boogie marks the first new material from Ghostpoet since the release of his third and much lauded, Mercury-nominated Shedding Skin album in 2015.
Ghostpoet aka Obaro Ejimiwe explains:
“It’s a first person account of a difficult journey across borders, partly intended to ask those who have questioned the arrival of refugees in recent times what they would do in the same situation.
The song is written in two halves - the first hopeful for a brighter future, while the second sees hope snatched away by forces beyond the control of the storyteller.
There is an important story to be told there, but I wrote the song in a way that aims to capture a broader human truth: that while we are all working for a better life for ourselves, we have to accept that we are not in control of the outcome”
Listen to Immigrant Boogie below.