This month, Afropunk - the Brooklyn-based festival of alternative black music, featured in Jocks&Nerds 16 - will visit London for the first time. On 24 September, from midday to late, North London's Alexandra Palace will play host to an exceptionally diverse array of musicians.
Grace Jones is to headline, supported by the classically-trained singer Laura Mvula, the Mercury Prize-winning hip hop trio Young Fathers and the Birmingham-based rapper Lady Leshurr. Other act include Kwabs, the Noisettes, NTS Radio and Word Sound Power, a trio featuring Akala, B.A.D. AKA Dreadzone and Don Letts.
After the main event, a series of yet-to-be-announced performances, screenings and installations will occur around London, as part of Afropunk After Dark.
Emerging out of a website of the same name, the Afrofunk festival has been held annually in Brooklyn since 2005. Focused around the intersection of urban culture and alternative music, it has an open-minded ethos that vaunts self-expression and cultural interchange. The New York Times has described it as "the most multicultural festival in the US."