Afropunk Festival has become one of the most well-known festivals in Brooklyn, as it's an all-out celebration that represents a variety of genres of music and art that brings all walks of life together. Despite there being only a few heavy acts this year, punk rock was still represented on day one of the festival. How could it not be when you have Suicidal Tendencies and Letlive on one stage?

Legendary hardcore band Suicidal Tendencies took hold of the Red Stage at Commodore Barry Park. During anthems like “You Can’t Bring Me Down,” “War Inside My Head,” “Possessed to Skate” and “Pledge Your Allegiance” massive circle pits took place and fans bounced onstage with the entire band. Suicidal Tendencies showed Brooklyn that punk rock and thrash are alive and well.

The new generation of punk rock shines through and through in Letlive who took the same stage beforehand. This energetic California act is no strangers to a New York crowd as they recently played a show in Central Park with Killswitch Engage and Rise Against. Their fearlessness and effortless energy onstage mixed with their variety of influences in their infectious music made them a perfect fit for Afropunk. “Suicidal Tendencies showed me it was ok to be ethnic in a punk rock band” said frontman Jason Butler at the end of Letlive’s set.

Other rock acts included Brooklyn’s own Candiria and Philly act Palaceburn who got the blood pumping on the Red Stage early on.

Check out photos of the acts who represented the heavier genres during Afropunk Festival 2015 in the gallery above!

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