Local and visiting music fans are gearing up for a hot weekend of live music after the headline acts for the upcoming Richmond World Festival were announced. The free-entry annual event—running on Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1 this year—includes celebrated top-drawer performers Lights and Magic! as well as more than 90 additional artists appearing on nine festival stages.

Headlining the main stage on August 31, Lights is a JUNO award-winning alt-pop phenomenon whose innovative original songs and passionate performances have seen her selling out tours around the world. Taking over the headline duties on September 1, Los Angeles-based Torontonians MAGIC! bring their catchy, reggae-fusion sound to audiences hungry for a dance-loving great time.

Lights will perform at the 2018 Richmond World FestivalLights will perform at the Richmond World Festival on August 31. 

Magic! will perform at the Richmond World FestivalMAGIC! will perform at the Richmond World Festival on September 1.

Returning to its Minoru Park city centre venue in 2018, the popular outdoor Richmond World Festival also includes a full roster of exciting supporting acts. Desi Sub Culture bring their self-proclaimed “immigrant bass music” to the main stage on August 31, while September 1 sees up-and-coming Canadian duo Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine bringing their boundary-busting pop to the event’s principal performance space.

Desi Sub Culture will perform at the Richmond World FestivalDesi Sub Culture will perform at the Richmond World Festival on August 31. ​

Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine will perform at the Richmond World FestivalElijah Woods x Jamie Fine will perform at the Richmond World Festival on September 1.

Running from 4:00pm to 10:00pm on day one and from 11:00am to 10:00pm on day two, the festival’s multiple stages will also host an intriguing array of additional live music. Reflecting the event’s international focus, there’ll be performers from Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and the Caribbean and South Pacific. But the family-friendly fest isn’t just about great tunes: cool cultural performances, an artisan marketplace, and a full menu of 50+ food trucks will also keep visitors fully entertained.