The Barbican, Create London and the London Legacy Development Corporation have announced the line-up for Open East Festival, a weekend of music, food, theatre and family fun in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to mark the first anniversary of the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.
The main stage will feature turns from Toots and The Maytals, The Waterboys, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 and a supergroup of Malian artists including Amadou and Mariam, Vieux Farka Touré and Fatoumata Diawara assembled by Cheick Tidian Seck.
“The sizzling line-up of music, performance and food makes the Open East Festival a fabulous curtain-raiser to another exciting summer in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park,” Boris Johnson, Mayor of London and chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said.
“Whether you live locally, or are coming from further afield, the cultural and sporting events planned for the park show why it is set to become a must see destination. It’s a winning attraction, which is also shaping up to boost the local economy, by bringing jobs and growth to the area.”
The venue itself will be one of the stars of the show, with events and activities programmed to encourage audiences to discover the riverbanks and parklands.