A two-day music festival featuring some of grime’s biggest names and up-and-coming rockers has been announced for the opening of Croydon’s Boxpark next month.

Wiley, Ghetts and Novellist are among the artists who will perform as Eskimo Dance takes over on October 29 and NME hosts proceedings on October 30.

Casual dining venue Boxpark follows a similar scheme in Shoreditch and will have a 2,000 capacity and be host to more than 40 food and drink traders, including MeatLiquor, Chilango, Mama Lan, Breakfast Club and local brewery Cronx.

Eskimo Dance is renowned for giving big breaks to artists such as JME, Skepta and Kano and its festival day on Saturday, October 29, will include sets from founder Wiley, Ghetts, Noveliist, Solo45, Elf Kid, President T, P Money, Flirta D, Cadell, Merky Ace, Blakie, Splurgeboys, Mistajam, Preditah, Maximum, Rude Kid, Hatch, Sian Anderson as well as a secret guest and a special guest to be announced.

NME will host a free showcase on the Sunday with up-and-coming London bands.

Eskimo Dance’s Stephen Campbell said: “We are ecstatic to be teaming up with Boxpark for their launch festival in Croydon. Following our recent successes touring across the UK and after the incredible Red Bull Culture Clash we're excited to bring the grime sound home to London. Expect grime legends spanning across an energetic all-dayer!”

Boxpark’s director Roger Wade said: “We are delighted to announce our Boxpark Croydon Opening Festival.

“We hope to make Croydon one of the most exciting London boroughs and this is just the beginning of many events for the local community and wider areas.

“Expect everything from festival warm ups to organic food markets, plus daily programmed events.”

Tickets for the Saturday cost from £15 and are free on Sunday, though you should register in advance. Go to boxpark.co.uk/croydon

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