You can play on the same stage as Solange

2017-10-12 19:00


Afropunk’s Battle of the Bands
Afropunk’s Battle of the Bands (Photo: Supplied)

Johannesburg - The first Afropunk in Africa takes place at Johannesburg’s Constitution Hill on the Saturday, 30 and Sunday, 31 December 2017.

The highly anticipated festival features Solange, Anderson Paak and the Free Nationals, King Tha Vs Blk Jks, Black Motion, Laura Mvula and many more.

This is how you can play on the same stage as those international and local superstars:

A brand new local band will get to join them after winning Afropunk’s Battle of the Bands.

How Afropunk’s Battle of the Bands works:

This competition will give new talent the amazing chance to appear on the Afropunk stage.

Artists should create a profile on here, follow Afropunk on Twitter and click like on Facebook @Afropunk.

The online contest will be followed by the finals in Johannesburg. The finals will take the shape of shows in which the finalists will battle it out and will be encouraged to bring out their fans to support them.

“Fans are the bands, bands are the fans, fuck rock stars has been Afropunk’s philosophy since this festival started 14 years ago,” says Afropunk Matthew Morgan. “We are looking forward to seeing which South African talents will make it to the stage at the end of the year at Constitution Hill.”

More about the festival:

After 14 years in Brooklyn, Atlanta, London and Paris, Afropunk’s annual festival takes place in Johannesburg for the first time in December. Afropunk is hailed as a world-renowned festival by the likes of The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The Guardian and Pitchfork. 

What has Afropunk’s Battle of the Bands done for other acts? 

“Afropunk is a hotbed of creativity and style,” says Morgan. “And Battle Of The Bands has resulted in promising careers for a number of acts: Unlocking The Truth signed a record deal for $1.7 million, The Skins signed a record deal with Rick Rubin - co-founder of Def Jam and one of the most prolific producers in The World, and Tank and the Banga's made notable media appearances including an amazing performance with NPR, the respected online radio station, they also won the Tiny Desk Contest which is a big deal.”