Music fans take note: the annual Rockit Hong Kong Music Festival is set to rock Victoria Park on October 14 and 15. It promises to bring a blend of live music, family entertainment and delicious food to satisfy the appetites of concert-goers. Now in its fourth year, the event will run from 2pm until 11pm each day. Ian Brown, the former singer of the influential British rock band The Stone Roses, will headline the festival on Sunday evening. Brown, who is known for his wispy singing style, has released four solo albums since his former band split up in 1996. This year's festival will feature bigger DJ names than ever. The UK's drum and bass star Goldie will headline the marquee on Saturday night, with local DJ star Frankie Lam supporting him. Another featured UK DJ is Adam Fenton, who has collaborated with rappers LL Cool J and Missy Elliott. Local music pioneer Anthony Wong Yiu-ming will wow audiences with his flamboyant performance on Saturday, proving that Cantopop can be more than sappy love songs. As in previous years, Rockit will feature a range of local bands. Around 85 local bands auditioned this year, about 20 more than last year. Teenage band Empire are the youngest act to play in the festival. Formed by five students from Island School and South Island School, Empire are looking forward to unleashing their original rock music on the crowds. 'We're 100 per cent rock 'n' roll. We'd hate to be anything else,' said vocalist Nick Dearman. 'So expect a rocking set to jump up and down to.' This is the first time Empire will play at Rockit. Nick said he felt honoured to be performing on the same stage as his favourite musicians Ian Brown, Goldie and local favourite The Academy. Local rock band Qiu Hong, winner of the Hong Kong Battle of the Bands, will play their new songs from new album Now and Forever. 'We are so excited about the whole process, especially auditioning with other local bands. It was a valuable opportunity to learn from and share with them,' said lead singer Jan Lo Kar-man. Punk band Hardpack's ear-splitting music is sure to make you let your hair down and scream. The band members are pleased that they can perform their 'punk rock on the positive side' at such a unique event. 'Rockit is a lot different from most music festivals and concerts because it's held in our own little Victoria Park. 'It's a festival where expats and local Chinese music lovers get together and have a great time,' said Hardpack's drummer Kevin Li. Another band definitely worth catching is Noughts and Exes. Although recently formed, the members, such as Joshua Wong from Whence He Came, will be familiar to regular live gig fans. Female country band Shotgun SheRas will inject a touch of girl power into the festival. The four-piece outfit will perform their own songs, which are a mix of old-style country music and rock and roll. 'The thing that sets Rockit apart is the atmosphere. Everybody's there for a good time and to relax,' said bassist Claire Tallon. And as well as a great variety of music, there will be graffiti painting demonstrations, stilt walking, face painting and balloon sculptures. It's time to get ready for the city's biggest party.