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Featuring six stages stretching the length of the Thames in the city, this ambitious festival of sound and performance gives each of those stages a ‘continent of the world’ theme to create a truly eclectic, eccentric and globe-spanning experience.

Part of the London Festival 2012, the River Of Music showcases an Asia stage in Battersea Park; a Europe stage in Somerset House and Trafalgar Square; an Americas stage in the Tower of London; an Oceania stage at the Old Royal Navy College in Greenwich; and an Africa stage at the London Pleasure Gardens.

The Africa stage features a hugely diverse line-up of talent, such as The Noisettes, ace guitarist Justin Adams and veteran singer Angelique Kidjo, who has a full backing band to complement her staggering vocal performance.

Soul queen Beverley Knight, alongside saxophonist Andy Sheppard, Jools Holland And His Rhythm And Blues Orchestra and Guillemots frontman Fyfe Dangerfield take to the European stage.

Folk-meets-alt-sters 9Bach, choral collective Coastal Voices and Australian muso Frank Yamma represent the Oceania stage, with the likes of Indian tabla player Zahir Hussein and Pakistani qawwali sensation Asif Ali Khan among the wealth of talent drawn from across Asia for its representative stage.

New York glam-poppers Scissor Sisters (above), back this year with their fourth LP, Magic Hour, bring their glam-electro-pop to the Americas stage. Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis also performs.

Plus, it’s all part of the Olympics celebrations and all free. No excuses.

Various venues across the city
July 21-22 | Doors at 11am | Frree (registration required)
 btriverofmusic.com

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Free music festival BT River of Music sees Scissor Sisters, The Noisettes, Jools Holland and more take the stage
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