AFROPUNK is an in depth culture-hive for wide and niche subjects such as music, film, fashion, visual arts, activism, politics, and gender and racial studies. AFROPUNK first hosted in 2005 in Brooklyn, and since then has skyrocketed, hosting festivals across three continents and racking up critical acclaim along the way while hosting a variety of performers from the African diaspora.
"Remaining at the core of its mission are the punk principles of DIY aesthetics, radical thought and social nonconformity. AFROPUNK is a voice for the unwritten, unwelcome and unheard-of, redefining the urban experience." - AFROPUNK Website.
Rolling Loud is one of the largest hosted hip-hop concerts to date, and should be a pillar for all hip-hop concert fans. Throughout its history, it was one of the first to display and give a national stage to newer artists in the genre. Started in 2015 with the festival's flagship event in Miami, Rolling Loud has expanded into a global brand, with editions taking place all over the world.
Since its start being hosted in Texas since 2013, JMBLYA has continued to rise in popularity in the music and concert industry. The concert structure has traditionally followed a path of starting in Dallas on Friday, Austin on Saturday, and Houston on Sunday, and since then the festival also had a concert hosted in Arkansas in 2019. The JMBLYA experience includes an exciting experience from the entrance to the stage, including performances from new hip hop artists to classic famous rappers in the industry.
Co-founded by Shawn Gee, The Roots Picnic has been hosting unforgettable festivals since its establishment in 2008. It is held in The Roots hometown, Philadelphia, and is hosted at the Mann in Fairmount Park. "The Roots play their own headlining set and act as a backing band for others, so the festival is a unique chance to see some of the biggest names in hop hop perform together." - Festicket Magazine
Hot 97's Summer Jam is a R&B and hip-hop festival hosted in New York by the very Hot 97 FM New York radio station. Being a cornerstone for some of the largest artist in the industry, it has created a spectacular culture for fans to congregate and experience a once-in-a-lifetime music festival. By creating an incredible lineup each year, Hot 97 Summer Jam continues to outperform itself continuously in the concert industry.
Something In The Water is an annual concert hosted in the wonderful state of Virginia. Being the creation of the American rapper, record producer, singer-songwriter, and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams who created The Neptunes, it is said to be "A love letter to his hometown of Virginia Beach, the festival packs an eclectic punch, tabbing headliners from across a wide range of sounds for three days of musical love." - Festicket Magazine. It is considered a must-visit
As a festival founded by Jay-Z, Made In America grew exponentially since its founding in 2012. It is often compared to The Roots Picnic, yet in a more professional standing, and moreover, it also takes place in Philadelphia. It is habitually a two day festival that takes place over Labor Day Weekend and features artists from hip-hop, rock, pop, electo, and more.
"Born out of the short-lived Day N Night Festival in California, Day N Vegas burst onto the scene in 2019 with perhaps the strongest hip hop lineup anywhere on the planet. It seemed pretty much every hip hop artist making waves was passing through for three days in November. Add to this that the festival takes place in the world's adult playground and have yourself a truly special experience." - Festival Magazine
Famously recognized as one of the pivitol festivals to take place every year in North America, Coachella attracts music fans across a plethora of popular genres. Since the rap and hip-hop genre have become more popular since the late 80's, one can morelikley recognize an increasing amount of artists from those genres. It is annually held in Indio, California, in the Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert at the Empire Polo Club venue, and has headliners who are pioneers in their music genres.