A HOMELESS charity which raises money through sales of the Big Issue will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a 30,000 person festival in Finsbury Park.

The Big Issue Festival will take place on September 3 and organisers hope it will raise money to support its work.

It is expected the event will include a line-up of big name acts which are yet to be announced.

They will be asked to perform for just their expenses.

In recent years the magazine has featured interviews with A-list stars including Madness, George Michael, Paul McCartney, and Bob Dylan.

Lara Mccullagh from the Big Issue admitted "quite a few details are still to be determined" but said that the event would raise hundreds of thousands of pounds.

"It is going to celebrate the acheivements of the Big Issue which is the world's leading social enterprise. Hopefully will be backed by any number of the acts that has suppored us over the years", she said.

Finsbury Park has long been a popular stage for rock gigs hosting acts like Oasis, Rage Against the Machine and even an infamous 1964 performance by The Rolling Stones.

The charity supports more than 2,900 homeless people and those living in vulnerable housing around the country.

The Big Issue has signed a deal rumoured to be worth around £50,000 with Hillgrove PR, who will organise the publicity for the festival.

Haringey Council has yet to confirm a licence for the event althought it is expected to be approved.