Free music is where it's at. Fact. But free music combined with a campaign against racism gets a nice fat thumbs up from us. This weekend sees the annual Rise festival hit London and this time round it's going two days.
If you're over on the outskirts of London, near Dagenham, then Saturday will be your bag. From 4pm, Dagenham's Central Park will be transformed into a concert venue as part of the long running Dagenham town show. Artists performing include Sway, Horrors wannabe's Neils Children as well as various other bands and djs. Full details here.
The main event for 100,000 people and the big names come into play on Sunday at Finsbury Park at the 7th annual Rise : United Against Racism Festival. Impressively Kelis will be headlining the main stage, alongside the brilliant Noisettes, old schoolers The Holloways and beatboxer Beardyman. The comedy tent will feature Richard Blackwood, Shazia Mirza and possibly Bill Bailey. But make sure you check out the Underground stage, with performances from unsigned artists chosen from 4 of London's music education centres including Lady Lykez, Verbal Elevation and Kirsha Bailey Band.
For full lineups and times check out the programme online here.