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Tokyo Police Club, Dragonette, Verbal Jint to headline Richmond World Festival

Stephanie Ip, Postmedia Network

Tokyo Police Club is playing the Riddell Centre on Sept. 28. (Nicole Fara Silver photo)

Tokyo Police Club is playing the Riddell Centre on Sept. 28. (Nicole Fara Silver photo)

Canadian acts Tokyo Police Club and Dragonette, and Korean rapper Verbal Jint will headline this year’s free Richmond World Festival.

This year’s festival will expand to two days over Labour Day weekend at Minoru Park and Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza, after last year’s attendance topped 35,000 in one day. The event is free.

The festival, which is heading into its third year, is heralded as Richmond’s “signature event” and celebrates the city’s cultural diversity with 75 artists across nine stages, a plethora of food trucks, and family friendly activities.

Tokyo Police Club is a four-piece indie rock group from Newmarket, Ont. Their latest full-length album, Forcefield, was released in 2014. In 2016, the band released two EPs: Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness: Parts 1 and 2.

Electro-pop outfit Dragonette hails from Toronto, Ont. Their latest studio album Royal Blues was released in 2016.

Verbal Jint, whose real name is Kim Jin-tae, is a South Korean rapper who pioneered rhyme schemes in Korean rap. His music is regarded as highly influential within the world of Korean hip hop, and has won a number of Asian music awards.

Richmond World Festival takes place Friday, Sept. 1 from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 2 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The festival is located in Richmond at Minoru Park and admission is free. Performance schedules will be announced closer to the date.