afropunk london: grace jones replaces m.i.a as headliner

Having headlined the Brooklyn leg, the iconic musician, model, and hula hooping legend will bring her fiery stage show to London.

by Lula Ososki
19 July 2016, 6:56pm

AFROPUNK has announced that Grace Jones will headline its London show this fall. It will be the iconic artist and early i-D cover star's second appearance for AFROPUNK, after she headlined the Brooklyn event with a searing topless body-painted performance.

It was announced last week that M.I.A. would no longer be headlining the London festival, after controversy around British Sri Lankan rapper's comments related to the Black Lives Matter movement. AFROPUNK released a statement at the time to say, "We are excited and honored to do our first AFROPUNK Festival in London and want to do it right. After discussing the situation with the artist and the community, a decision was agreed upon by all involved that M.I.A will no longer headline AFROPUNK London."

Grace Jones will be joined on the line up by Laura Mvula, Akala, SZA, Lady Leshurr, The Noisettes, Jorja Smith, and more, with the festival taking place at London's Alexandra Palace on September 24, 2016.


Text Lula Ososki
Image cover for Pull Up To The Bumper by Grace Jones

Grace Jones
Afropunk London