The 14th edition of Rock the Park is set to kick off Wednesday with five days of star-studded entertainment lined up.
More than 40,000 music fans are expected to make their way to Harris Park as 25 guests are on tap to perform throughout the festival.
“We’ve got amazing crowds, we have a sold-out show for the Friday night, “I Love the ’90s,” we’re very close to selling out the rock night on Saturday,” said event organizer Brad Jones.
“The weather is looking promising and we’re in really good shape, so we’re looking forward to hosting over 40,000 people down in the park.”
Wednesday night’s headliner is country stars Lady Antebellum. Newfoundland’s Jason Benoit, along with Brett Young and Kelsea Ballerini will also take the stage.
Thursday will feature a rap line-up with London-based Casper the Ghost along with DJ Mustard, Fetty Wap featuring Monty and headliner Wiz Khalifa.
Friday’s sold-out “I Love the ’90s” lineup is jammed with stars who rose to fame in the 1990s, including Vanilla Ice, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Rob Base, All-4-One, Color Me Badd, Young MC, and C&C Music Factory.
AM980’s sister station FM96 is hosting a night of rock on Saturday. Orillia, Ont.-based Bleeker will take the stage at 5 p.m., followed by Toronto rockers July Talk. Sublime with Rome will take the stage before headliners The Offspring close out the night.
The festival will wrap up on Sunday afternoon with an all-Canadian lineup. Deseronto, Ont. native Ryland James will start the show at 1:15 p.m., followed by Alberta singer-songwriter Ruth B. Toronto-based singer-songwriter Scott Helman will take the stage at 2:45 p.m., followed by another Toronto favourite, Alessia Cara. Vancouver band Marianas Trench will close out the festival.
Tickets are still available for Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. You can buy them at Centennial Hall, online, or at the gate. Lawn chairs are not permitted at the event.
Rock the Park also raises money in support of four local charities including the Make a Wish Foundation, Big Brothers and Sisters of London, and Western Football, along with a new addition this year.
“We’ve got the Brandon Prust Foundation, which we are very excited to have Brandon and his team down here,” said Jones.
“They raise money for children’s charities and give it throughout the city of London.”
To date, Rock the Park has raised over $2.7 million to support local charities.