Turning a local film and music festival into an event of international fame is no small feat, but Afropunk co-founder Matthew Morgan is gearing up to do it a second time. Billed as a “new platform and music festival” that aims to “close the entertainment gap in equality for Blacks, Browns and Asians at all levels of the industry,” LETS get FR. EE aims to harness the power of creativity to create change. Before the official launch in summer 2022, let FR.EE set up shop on a sultry Saturday in Queens — the most ethnically and linguistically diverse county in the country — to give everyone a taste Try what they can expect.
In Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, just steps from the iconic 1964 World’s Fair Pavilion in New York, an eager crowd gathered to watch and sing along to a performance team that included Goldlink, Mannie Fresh, Tony Touch and many more DJs related to Everyday Human, another live music event series with special appeal. “Everyday people seem to bring in a lot of attractive attendees,” commented one spectator, and many of them wore casual but striking sportswear to warm up.
Warm and completely devoid of pretense, LETS makes FR.EE feel as invited as a family reunion, while enjoying hearty food (think: souvlaki and jerk chicken) and electric skate spontaneous. From heirloom accessories to handmade garments and shoes exchanged with friends, even the display styles are accompanied by stories that promote community. If this gathering is an omen of what’s to come, next summer’s launch event is sure to be an event worth attending — with friends, loved ones, and a worthy look. to start a conversation. In the meantime, Vogue caught up with a few of the early buyers this weekend to hear more about their looks for the occasion.