Having relocated to Dublin in 2013, the Camden Crawl returns to its rightful home in 2014, bringing a whole host of gigs to NW1 and NW5 in June. The festival always delivers with a cutting-edge list of up-and-coming local bands and established stars, and this year is no different with more than 250 live artists on the line-up. Venues such as Koko, Roundhouse, the Electric Ballroom and the Jazz Café will welcome the likes of ABC, Steve Mason, Mouse on Mars and Atari Teenage Riot to their stages. The events commence early evening and continue into the early hours of the morning, with DJ and Club events speckled throughout the programme. One wristband gains entry to all events (dependant on venue capacities) so expect to live up to the festival's name as you crawl home at sunrise.
Summer Music Festivals in London
More than 250 artists perform at venues across NW1 and NW5.
Various Venues Camden, , London, NW1 8AN
Tube: Chalk Farm Station
Dates: 20th - 21st June 2014
Hipster fun in the sun with melancholic folk, surging electro and seriously long queues.
Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5SN
Tube: Mile End Station
Dates: 07th - 08th June 2014
British band Metronomy headline Saturday at Field Day while recently-reunited US band the Pixies headline the Sunday leg of the Victoria Park festival which moves to June and expands to become a two-day event in 2014, the year the East London festival celebrates its eighth birthday. Saturday's bill includes Warpaint, Sky Ferreira, The Temper Trap and Syrian folk singer Omar Souleyman who has collaborated with Damon Albarn's Gorillaz. Head to Field Day for subdued electro, melancholic folk, bold dance acts and a dreamy summer vibe. After parties at neighbouring clubs keep the vibe going after the main event - curfew at 10.45pm - has closed.
James Lavelle curates this year's festival.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX
Dates: 13th - 22nd June 2014
James Lavelle, the man behind influential record label Mo'Wax which he set up at the age of 18, curates this year's Meltdown festival when it returns to the Southbank Centre in June 2014 as the alternative music festival marks its 21st anniversary. Each year, the iconic festival is curated by one of pop music's great innovators - which have included Yoko Ono, David Bowie, John Peel, Morrissey, Jarvis Cocker, Patti Smith, Massive Attack and Lee 'Scratch' Perry - and produces a wildly eclectic line-up of acts. In 2014, an interactive exhibition, Mo'Wax21, celebrates the label James launched as a teenager and Lavelle promises to, "push boundaries, shoot for the moon and create something that people will never forget." The full line up is announced in 2014 but with Lavelle's little black book containing numbers for Massive Attack, Nightmares On Wax and Gavin Turk you can expect a trip hop inspired eclectic mix.
Communion Records present Bushstock, a festival of original music and intimate venues.
Ginglik, 1 Shepherds Bush Green, London, W12 8PH
Dates: 14th June 2014
This one-day West London festival is back for its fourth year and is set to showcases some of the best up-and-coming talent from 'The Bush' and beyond. Bushstock is the brainchild of Communion record company which began as a monthly night at the Notting Hill Arts Club. Now they've branched out to bring us this festival spread across four Shepherds Bush venues including Ginglik, Bush Hall, The Defectors Weld and St. Stephens Church. If you're a fan of something a little less mainstream, somewhat folksy and a little bit raw then this is one festival not to be missed this summer.
Six big gigs take place between 3rd and 13th July in Hyde Park beginning with Arcade Fire.
Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
Tube: Knightsbridge Station
Dates: 03rd - 13th July 2014
Following its successful debut last year, British Summer Time Hyde Park returns in July 2014 with Arcade Fire (Thursday 3rd July), Black Sabbath (Friday 4th July), The Libertines (Saturday 5th July), super boy band group McBusted (Sunday 6th July) all on the first long weekend, followed by Neil Young (Saturday 12th July) and Tom Jones (Sunday 13th July) topping the bill the following weekend, live in Hyde Park. Added to these headliners are support acts performing across 4 different stages including Backstreet Boys and Scouting for Girls (on Sunday 6th July), Brooklyn-based band The National, Tom Odell, Caitlin Rose, Phosphorescent and Flyte (Saturday 12th July), and Boyzone and Little Mix on Sunday 13th July. Across Hyde Park there will be four themed zones, each with its own installations and entertainment including restaurants, salons, pubs, cocktail bars, cafes, bistros and food stalls. And from Monday to Thursday smaller, more intimate film, music, literature and sport events as well as a specific family day are held at venues across the site excluding the main stage.
The antithesis of Woodstock, Wireless is big and boisterous with a lineup to match.
Finsbury Park, Endymion Road, London, N4 1EE
Tube: Manor House Station
Dates: 04th - 06th July 2014
Kanye West, Drake and Bruno Mars headline the Wireless Festival in 2014 which has been entertaining Londoners every summer for a decade. In its tenth year the music festival moves to Finsbury Park from the former Olympic Park and also takes place in Birmingham on the same July weekend. There's a great line-up this year with Kanye West, Pharell Williams and Basement Jaxx all appearing on Friday 4th July, Saturday sees Drake, Rudimental and Azealia Banks play live while Sunday combines the talents of Bruno Mars, Outkast and Ellie Goulding on a bill which also includes John Newman, Clean Bandit, Salt-n-Pepa and Neon Jungle. Wireless has firmly established itself as one of London's major large scale live music events, attracting crowds of over 20,000 for each of the three days and this year looks set to top them all. Tickets for Wireless Festival go on sale Friday 31 January at 9am
Chvrches, Bastille, Kelis, Sam Smith, and Franz Ferdinand play Somerset House.
Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA
Tube: Temple Station
Dates: 10th - 20th July 2014
Chvrches, Bastille, Kelis, Sam Smith, and Franz Ferdinand are just some of the live acts dropping into the central courtyard of Somerset House for this year's Summer Series. It's an idyllic, intimate, calming, escapist location for a concert on a summer's evening and as a breeze drifts in off the Thames you'll forget the city bustle outside and tune into some great music, surrounded by one of eighteenth century London's most spectacular buildings. London-based trio Daughter kicks the Summer Series off on Thursday 10th July while Little Dragon, the Swedish foursome anchored by the otherworldly vocals of front woman Yukimi Nagano, play the closing party on Sunday 20th July 2014. For detailed information on this year's festival go to our Somerset House Summer Series feature.
Elvis Costello, Simple Minds and Jools Holland play picnic concerts.
Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB
Tube: Kew Gardens Station
Dates: 16th - 20th July 2014
Elvis Costello, Simple Minds and Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra are on the Kew the Music line-up when it returns for summer 2014 this July. Marc Almond and Melanie C appear as a special guest stars with Jools Holland on Friday 18th July while Bill Bailey and tribute band Bjorn Again also play at the six-day festival - a series of outdoor picnic concerts set against the backdrop of the Victorian Temperate House at Kew Gardens. In previous years these concerts have proved to be a great success with the likes of Blondie, Paul Weller, Status Quo, James Morrison and Gipsy Kings playing. For the ultimate package there is also the option to VIP your evening with picnic hampers, a BBQ at the Pavilion Restaurant and reserved seating.
Colourful, loud and unashamedly camp. Lovebox has the winning formula.
Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5SN
Tube: Mile End Station
Dates: 18th - 19th July 2014
London's answer to Glastonbury is back for 2014 with a new format. This year Lovebox is being joined by Secret Productions, co-organisers of Wilderness Festival and Secret Garden Party from 2009 to 2013, for a true celebration of festival culture. The Lovebox Weekender is the park party that comes closest to capturing the vibe of a proper festival, with a huge range of musical styles across multiple stages and a friendly, music-loving crowd. This year's headliners will be Nas and M.I.A while further major artists performing include Chase & Status, A$AP Rocky, Crystal Fighters and Katy B. Vicky Park is a great festival venue, with loads of space and a sympathetic council who let them turn the music up really loud - the perfect excuse to sack off work on Friday and make it a long weekend.
A brand new two-day festival for 2014 from All Tomorrow's Parties.
Jabberwocky is a brand new two-day festival for London, brought to you by ATP (All Tomorrow's Parties), a London based company that has been promoting festivals, concerts and records at Butlin's and throughout the world for over ten years. They've teamed up with Pitchfork and Primavera Sound to give festival goers the chance to see acts rarely programmed at other UK festivals, cinema screenings and what will surely be 'frabjous' (fair, fabulous, and joyous) extra-curricular activities. The musical line-up includes American indie rock band Neutral Milk Hotel, "smartly crafted electronic music" (LA Times) from Caribou, Dorset doom metal legends Electric Wizard, and Swedish duo I Break Horses. The festival is also unusual in its setting - taking place as it does in the
ExCel London Exhibition Centre, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL
Tube: Canning Town Station
Dates: 15th - 16th August 2014
Jabberwocky is a brand new two-day festival for London, brought to you by ATP (All Tomorrow's Parties), a London based company that has been promoting festivals, concerts and records at Butlin's and throughout the world for over ten years. They've teamed up with Pitchfork and Primavera Sound to give festival goers the chance to see acts rarely programmed at other UK festivals, cinema screenings and what will surely be 'frabjous' (fair, fabulous, and joyous) extra-curricular activities. The musical line-up includes American indie rock band Neutral Milk Hotel, "smartly crafted electronic music" (LA Times) from Caribou, Dorset doom metal legends Electric Wizard, and Swedish duo I Break Horses. The festival is also unusual in its setting - taking place as it does in the ExCeL Centre, which more usually hosts large scale exhibitions and business conventions. For those who rate music that pushes against the flow this will be a welcome addition to the London summer calendar.
Featuring Russell Watson, Jools Holland, and Goldfrapp who play their only London 2014 gig.
Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, London, SE10 9LW
Dates: 20th - 23rd August 2014
Set within the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Greenwich Music Time presents four nights of live music featuring electropop outfit Goldfrapp, who triumphed at their recent Glastonbury gig, performing songs from their back catalogue and from 2013's acclaimed Tales Of Us. Multi-million-selling English tenor Russell Watson will headline on Friday 22nd August backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and featuring some very special guests. Drawing the festival to a close on Saturday 23rd August is local boy Jools Holland, who brings his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra to Greenwich for a set that will feature special guest singers Marc Almond and Melanie C.
London's leading electronic music festival brings the biggest names in dance to Clapham Common.
Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE
Tube: Clapham South Station
Dates: 23rd - 24th August 2014
The South West Four Weekender returns for its 11th year and welcomes festival-goers to Clapham Common over the August bank holiday weekend for two days of dance-music mayhem. While this year's line-up has yet to be announced (just some tantilising Cluedo clues so far) the festival can be relied on for a stellar list of the world's number one DJs. With the likes of Calvin Harris, John Digweed, Tiesto, and Pete Tong taking part in previous years, "SW4" has proved a great success over its first ten years, filling Clapham Common with revellers united in the knowledge that they don't have to slum it in a tent and that there's no work the next day - so the party can go on and on. The music may finish around 10pm both nights but there are after-parties for those keen on all-night revelry.
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH
Tube: Chalk Farm Station
Dates: 01st - 30th September 2014
The iTunes Festival takes place in September at London's iconic Roundhouse in Camden giving those lucky enough to get tickets free concerts by well-known pop and rock stars. This year boasts another big star line-up, with the likes of Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams and Kylie Minogue all confirmed. While others such as Australian boy band 5 Seconds of Summer, DJ David Guetta and one of the industry's newest stars, Sam Smith will all have headline shows too. To get free tickets for these intimate gigs you must enter a competition through the iTunes store. Alternatively, all performances can be watched live or on-demand on Apple devices and via iTunes.
Massive Attack headline the Saturday line-up of this brand new festival on Blackheath Common.
Blackheath Common, Shooters Hill Road, London, SE3 0UA
Dates: 13th - 14th September 2014
Taking place on the weekend of Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September 2014 on Blackheath Common, home to the start of the London Marathon, On Blackheath is a brand new music and food festival. Boundary-breaking trip-hop band Massive Attack headline the Saturday line-up with support from Grace Jones, Aloe Blacc and Young Father. On Sunday Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, Imelda May, the Levellers and Athlete entertain the crowds. On the supporting stages, there'll be alternative music, dance and DJs like Hop Chip's Joe Goddard and Gilles Peterson on Saturday followed by Don Letts, Heavenly Jukebox and Dave Maclean on Sunday. It's a family-friendly festival with an area designed specially for kids where arts and crafts workshops, games and special performances are laid on. For food lovers, the demo stage and the chef's club, hosted by Gizzi Erskine, stirs up a hot pot of Michelin-starred British talent including Neil Rankin, Richard Bainbridge and Jack Stein, middle son of celebrated chef Rick.
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Somerset House Summer Series
Kew the Music
Greenwich Music Time
South West Four Weekender
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