Welcome to Afro Nation, the world’s biggest Afrobeats festival happening in Detroit, Michigan!

To be considered a resident, you must live within the following area:

Woodward Ave to Mack Ave

Mack Ave to 75 Service Drive 

75 Service Drive to 375 Service Drive 

375 Service Drive to Woodward Ave

Area residents need to know: 

A community information center has been set up at 2665 Brush Street. It will be in operation from Wednesday, August 16, through Friday, August 18, between 3pm and 7pm. The music festival is Saturday, August 19, and Sunday, August 20 from 2pm to 10pm each day. Note, the festival does have a buffer to go until 11pm on both days, to provide enough time to deal with technical difficulties, or weather, should those issues arise.


As an area resident, you can receive two free tickets each day of the festival. Tickets will be passed out at the information center at 2665 Brush Street, to residents that show proof of ID. Barricade access placards for residents will also be distributed at the center. 


Roads in the festival area will be closed starting at 10pm on Friday, August 18, and again at 8 am Sunday, August 20. Area residents will need a barricade access parking placard, to bypass the road closures. PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NOISE AND LIGHTS, as there will be sound and light testing checks prior to the festival’s start. 

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Here’s what you need to know:

  • On Thursday, August 17, sound systems for the festival will be turned on, tested, aligned and focused. This process will take several hours and involves music or noise being played over the sound system so that each speaker can be tested. 

  • On Friday, August 18, the sound system will be tested some more, and equipment will start to be loaded in for the first musical act. Sound checks for the first performer will also be done. Sound checks will be at performance volume levels. 

  • On both Saturday, August 19, and Sunday, August 20, from 8 am until 1pm. There will be sound checks for the first performer. Also, there will be sporadic noise, testing of drums and instruments, and entire songs played at show volume levels. 

  • Starting at 2 pm Saturday, August 19, and again on Sunday, August 20, there will be show volume performances happening on the two stages until 10pm. 

  • On both Saturday, August 19, and Sunday, August 20, during performances, there will be bright lights, strobes, pyrotechnic effects and concussive sound effects. 

  • The lights for the performances will be set, tested and focused in the evenings of both, Wednesday, August 16, and Thursday, August 17.

  • There will be over 300 lighting fixtures on the stages and many throw beams over 1,500 feet. Light from the show will likely hit many homes in the area.


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