More than 7,000 fans expected to attend two-day celebration of electronic dance music

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London is about to get lit this weekend.

The city’s premier electronic dance music (EDM) festival, BlockParty London, returns to the core with its most impressive lineup yet.

Headlining this year’s two-day concert is Diplo, the Grammy Award-winning American DJ who has collaborated with everyone from Justin Bieber to Beyonce, on Saturday.

Kicking off the festival Friday, the Toronto-born EDM duo Zeds Dead will leave concert-goers’ ears ringing with their combination of house and glitch music.

“It’s solid,” festival organizer Mike Manuel, the owner of the London Music Hall, said of the lineup.

Though organizers have taken the BlockParty off of the block — the event was moved to Harris Park last year from its original digs in a York Street parking lot — the annual show has become a must-see on southern Ontario’s summertime EDM circuit.

Manuel credits the connections his Dundas Street venue has forged in the EDM industry over the years for drawing the biggest acts to the show. When Block Party London debuted six years ago, the Swedish DJ Avicii closed the festival.

A team of workers, including Manuel, were busy Wednesday turning Harris Park into a party space for an expected 7,000 to 8,000 concert-goers.

A second stage is being added to this year’s edition to accommodate the nearly two-dozen scheduled acts. Other performers include: Playboi Carti, Jual, Wuki, Grandtheft, Shaun Frank, Hunter Siegel, Matt Lange, Christian Smith, Attlas and Ruckus.

The music will go on rain or shine, organizers say.

But Mother Nature looks like she’ll smile on festival-goers this weekend. Forecasters are calling for clear skies on both Friday and Saturday, with daytime highs of 27 C and 28 C, respectively, and nighttime lows of just 13 C.

“We always order the good weather,” Manuel said with a laugh.

Like most outdoor festivals, there’s no shortage of strict rules surrounding entry for the 16-plus show — unsealed packs of cigarettes and gum aren’t allowed, while handmade signs and hula hoops are permitted — so don’t forget to check details on

And for all those revellers who dance up an appetite? A selection of food stations, featuring everything from pizza to vegan fast food, will serve up eats for the hungry hordes.

The festival ends nightly at 11 p.m., but the music continues at the London Music Club, home to the official after-party.

If you go

What: BlockParty London 2017. Diplo headlines Friday, Zeds Dead on Saturday

When: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 3-11 p.m. Saturday

Where: Harris Park, 531 Ridout St. N

Tickets: $64.50-$109.50

Online: or call 519-432-1107 

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