As part of the city’s Cultural Olympiad, Londoners were treated to a kaleidoscope of music this weekend during The River Music Festival.
Held across various venues in the capital, the event included musical styles from every country taking part in the Olympics.Top of the bill at the Tower of London: The Scissor Sisters.
“I am so excited to be here, it is the most historical site in all of England so it is an honour and a pleasure to be here,” lead singer Ana Matronic said.
All in all, revellers had the choice of six concerts.
Kevin Robinson from the group ‘‘Soul Caribbean’‘ said the band formed especially for the event.
“It was a project formed especially for this BT River of Music. We are actually called Soul Caribbean, and basically what the whole thing is about is bringing together musicians from all of the Caribbean islands and incorporating them into music and basically delivering music and good vibes from the whole of the Caribbean and Cuba.”
In Hackney, in the north of the capital, hundreds came out to the celebrate the games coming to London and to welcome the Olympic Torch to the neighbourhood.
The carnival procession was made up of some 1500 performers, many from Brazil, the site of the next Olympics in 2016.
“I’m happy because we are marking the 2012 Olympics. And it’s satisfying for me to be here representing my culture,” one performer said.
Described by organisers as the most ambitious musical event to be held in London, the festival makes up part of a marathon of cultural opportunities across the arts to mark this year’s Olympics and Paralypics.