EDM heavy­weights Di­plo, Zeds Dead and Play­boi Carti lead the tal­ent at two-day Block­Party Lon­don in Har­ris Park.

More than 7,000 fans, two dozen EDM artists ex­pected at two-day Har­ris Park party

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Lon­don is about to get lit this week­end.

The city’s premier elec­tronic dance mu­sic (EDM) festival, Block­Party Lon­don, re­turns to the core with its most im­pres­sive lineup yet.

Open­ing this year’s two-day con­cert is Di­plo, the Grammy Award­win­ning Amer­i­can DJ who has col­lab­o­rated with ev­ery­one from Justin Bieber to Bey­once, on Fri­day.

Clos­ing the festival Satur­day, the Toronto-born EDM duo Zeds Dead will leave con­cert-go­ers’ ears ring­ing with their com­bi­na­tion of house and glitch mu­sic.

“It’s solid,” festival or­ga­nizer Mike Manuel, the owner of the Lon­don Mu­sic Hall, said of the lineup.

Though or­ga­niz­ers have taken the Block­Party off of the block — the event was moved to Har­ris Park last year from its orig­i­nal digs in a York Street park­ing lot — the an­nual show has be­come a must­see on south­ern On­tario’s sum­mer­time EDM cir­cuit.

Manuel cred­its the con­nec­tions his Dun­das Street venue has forged in the EDM in­dus­try over the years for draw­ing the big­gest acts to the show. When Block Party Lon­don de­buted six years ago, the Swedish DJ Avicii closed the festival.

A team of work­ers, in­clud­ing Manuel, were busy Wed­nes­day turn­ing Har­ris Park into a party space for an ex­pected 7,000 to 8,000 con­cert-go­ers.

A sec­ond stage is be­ing added to this year’s edi­tion to ac­com­mo­date the nearly two-dozen sched­uled acts. Other per­form­ers include: Play­boi Carti, Jual, Wuki, Grandtheft, Shaun Frank, Hunter Siegel, Matt Lange, Chris­tian Smith, At­t­las and Ruckus.

The mu­sic will go on rain or shine, or­ga­niz­ers say.

But Mother Na­ture looks like she’ll smile on festival-go­ers this week­end. Fore­cast­ers are call­ing for clear skies on both Fri­day and Satur­day, with day­time highs of 27 C and 28 C, re­spec­tively, and night­time lows of just 13 C.

“We al­ways or­der the good weather,” Manuel said with a laugh.

Like most out­door fes­ti­vals, there’s no short­age of strict rules sur­round­ing en­try for the 16-plus show — un­sealed packs of cig­a­rettes and gum aren’t al­lowed, while hand­made signs and hula hoops are per­mit­ted — so don’t for­get to check de­tails on block­party­lon­don.com.

And for all those rev­ellers who dance up an ap­petite? A se­lec­tion of food sta­tions, fea­tur­ing ev­ery­thing from pizza to ve­gan fast food, will serve up eats for the hun­gry hordes.

The festival ends nightly at 11 p.m., but the mu­sic con­tin­ues at the Lon­don Mu­sic Club, home to the of­fi­cial af­ter-party.

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Play­boi Carti is one of the nearly two-dozen acts slated to per­form in Har­ris Park.

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Toronto-born duo Zeds Dead closes the festival on Satur­day.

Co­me­dian Lewis Black may be best known as a reg­u­lar guest on

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