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This week the group posted Boris' response, and it's not good news. In a rambling, freewheeling missive, the blond befuddles by boasting that the success of last year's festival — the most-visited in its history — was actually because of the scrubbed anti-racism angle. Lest anyone think he's courting some of the more malodorous elements of our body politic, the Mayor goes on to assure that he deplores racism, and urges Londoners to combat it at the ballot box.
There's clearly a lot more iceberg under the surface than this chilly peak shows, and blogger Tory Troll has some thought-provoking ideas on why it was really cancelled. Though the battle to re-instate the festival may be lost, UpRise organisers aren't yet admitting defeat: they're set to hold a Rise Festival picnic in Finsbury Park this Sunday, from 2pm. What it may lack in previous festival headliners like Kelis or De La Soul, it will (almost) make up for in the sweet smell of people-powered success (not to mention cupcakes and crust-free sandwiches).