Londoners in their tens of thousands will underline their opposition to racism and commitment to London’s multi-cultural diversity, when they gather at Rise: London United, the UK’s largest anti-racist music festival, on Saturday 8 July in Finsbury Park, north London.
Mayor Ken Livingstone said: ‘There will be no concessions to racism in London – London is a successful city because it is diverse and open and we will fight for that diversity with every breath because it is our city’s lifeblood.
‘Now more than ever we have to stand up against racism.
‘Racism is a dead end and music is one of the most powerful ways of demonstrating that fact. The ‘Rise: London United’ will bring together people from every background to celebrate the diversity of the capital. This incredibly strong and broad line-up of artists will make a great free day out for all with a strong message that our city loves its diversity’.
Graham Coxon, whose critically acclaimed fifth solo album ‘Love Travels At Illegal Speeds’ has been riding high in the charts, will perform on the main stage, as well as punk legends Buzzcocks, reggae icons The Wailers, celebrated jazz man Roy Ayers, plus UK rap stars Sway and Killa Kela.
Other artists will be announced over the coming weeks.
Reflecting the wide range of music from around the world that is to be heard in the capital, other music stages will feature Latin American, urban, African and Asian music, as well as music and dance with roots in cultures from Turkey to Morocco.