Aluna Announces All Black Lineup for Noir Fever Festival in 2022
This week singer, songwriter, and producer Aluna announced Noir Fever New Orleans, a new three-day dance music festival that breaks ground in diversity and inclusion. While others have waited for the industry to act on their promises of doing a better job in creating space for artists of color to thrive, Aluna took action. The three-day event takes place May 27-30, 2022, and features raves, warehouse parties, and cultural experiences all curated by Aluna.
The initial lineup includes some of the industry's most fascinating and innovative artists. Joining Aluna are techno architects Derrick Carter and Kevin Saunderson, activist and vocalist Kaleena Zanders, Grammy-Award winner Kaytranada, LA rapper Duckwrth, and genre-bending live performance act and DJ Chanel Tres.
Aluna spoke to Mixmag on ownership in the Black dance music community in 2020. When speaking on another Black run festival, Afropunk, she said, "I'd love to be able to talk to people that created that festival in a very competitive world but have shown that investing in Black owned industry in the music industry works."
The 2020 conversation with UK garage stalwart Conducta planted the seed within herself to create this new experience that blossomed into Noir Fever.
"I'm launching a festival," Aluna said on Twitter. "I’ve talked a lot about the future of dance music I want to see, so instead of waiting I created it. Since most mainstream dance festivals have decided to remain boringly un-inclusive I’ve decided to book an all Black lineup to make my dreams come true."
Aluna is setting an example for other black artists to follow. Hip hop artists have long understood that ownership is the best route to becoming true stakeholders. Hopefully, this is a sign that the tide is turning in dance music. For more info on Noir Fever including tickets and lineup, updates visit the events page at Pollen.