London's free annual anti-racist festival Rise (formerly known as Respect) occurs tomorrow, Saturday 8th July from noon till 8.30pm at Finsbury Park.
Rise: London United 2006 features nearly 70 acts playing over 8 stages to celebrate the diversity of the nation's capital. The likes of Run DMC, De La Soul, Asian Dub Foundation and Chumbawumba(!) have performed for the festival in the past.
This year's main stage shows off the talents of Graham Coxon, Blur's former guitarist and now acclaimed solo artist; punk monsters the Buzzcocks; rising hip hop superstar Common; 'Godfather of Acid Jazz' Roy Ayers; The Duke Spirit, purveyors of moody, dark rock; reggae legends The Wailers and human beatbox machine Killa Kela. Mos Def and Sway have unfortunately had to pull out.
1.15pm Killa Kela
2.10pm The Duke Spirit
3.05pm Roy Ayers
5.20pm Graham Coxon
7.30pm The Wailers
Pop down tomorrow and buy a programme or something, I had to sell loads at the event in 2004. Maybe even make a significant donation or join the National Assembly Against Racism (NAAR). Have some fun.
Rise Festival website
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