Summer Music Festivals in London

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Citadel Festival
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Kew the Music
Land Of Kings Festival


With an abundance of capital based festivals grappling for your attention, there is no need to trek out to the countryside for your summer festival fix. So take a peek at our pick of the city's best festivals: then go forth, frolic in the fields, wear flowers in your hair, heck, you can even dance on a stranger's shoulders. Then hop on the tube and return to your sweet smelling mud-free homes. Perfect.


Land Of Kings Festival

More than 12 hours of music, theatre and movie events across the entirety of Dalston.

Various Venues East London, Walthamstow, London, EC2M 7QH

Tube: Walthamstow Central Station


Dates: 03rd May 2015


Dalston's annual Land of Kings festival takes place on the first May bank holiday in 2015. Making the most of every corner that Dalston has to offer, the programme welcomes a whole host of musical, theatre and movie events to the area's rooftops, basements, warehouses and fields. This year's line-up boasts The 2 Bears, Boxed In, Depp Throat, Krankbrother, Koreless and Waze & Odyssey. Plus, Street Feast of Kings, the Lost Picture Show and The Royal Thoughts. For the extensive full line-up, visit the official website.


Field Day

Subdued electro, melancholic folk, bold dance acts and a dreamy summer vibe.

Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5SN

Tube: Mile End Station


Dates: 06th - 07th June 2015


Returning for his fourth visit, Field Day veteran Caribou headlines the festival on Saturday 6th June while British rock band Ride take the headline spot on Sunday 7th. After expanding to a two-day affair in 2014, Field Day returns to Victoria Park for another weekend in 2015, the year that the east London festival celebrates its ninth birthday. Saturday's line-up also includes Astronomyy, Barely Legal, Ten Walls, FKA Twigs, Spector and Jack Garratt. Sunday, meanwhile, welcomes Patti Smith, Gaz Coombes, Outfit and Savages. Field Day is perfect for those looking 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.


Born & Bred

New for 2015, this festival champions music forged in London.

Haggerston Park, Audrey Street, off Goldsmith's Row, London, E2 8QH

Tube: Bethnal Green Station


Dates: 06th June 2015


Brand new for 2015, one-day festival Born & Bred from London party promoters Found champions music that has been forged in London. It's a celebration of genres that have defined underground music in the city over the past twenty years, focusing on drum 'n' bass, jungle, dubstep, grime, garage and techno. Taking place at Haggerston Park, the inaugural line-up boasts big names such as Wiley, Goldie, Zinc, Benton and Klose One.



Communion Records present Bushstock, a festival of original music and intimate venues.

Various Venues London, , London, W1J 9LN

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 13th June 2015


One-day west London festival Bushstock returns for its fifth year in 2015, showcasing some of the best up-and-coming talent from 'The Bush' and beyond. The brainchild of Communion record company, the festival began as a monthly night at the Notting Hill Arts Club and has now expanded to a six-venue event. With more than forty bands performing across the six venues, which include Bush Hall, St Stephen's Church and University of Arts London, it's the perfect chance to enjoy something a little less mainstream, somewhat folksy and a little bit raw. This year's line-up includes All We Are, Ady Suilman, Honeyblood, Misty Miller and Racing Glaciers.


Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

The musical extravaganza returns with The Who, Taylor Swift, Blur and Kylie.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Dates: 18th - 27th June 2015


British Summer Time Hyde Park is back once again in 2015 with another impressive line-up. This year will see The Strokes, Blur, Kylie, The Who and Taylor Swift headline while further artists include the likes of Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Kaiser Chiefs, Beck, Paul Weller and Grace Jones. Now a firm summer fixture in London, the extravaganza features live music, comedy acts and film screenings and a mini village of cafes, bistros and independent food stalls, themed pubs and cocktail bars across Hyde Park. Themed zones, each with its own installations and refreshments, provide laid back entertainment from Monday to Thursday while big name bands pump out the hits on the weekends.



Drake finally headlines after pulling out last year.

Finsbury Park, Endymion Road, London, N4 1EE

Tube: Manor House Station


Dates: 03rd - 05th July 2015


After dropping out in 2014 due to sickness - thus subjecting audiences to two nights of Kanye West and some unwelcome ranting - Drake will finally perform at Wireless this year. Taking to the stage on Friday, he will be joined on the line-up by Labrinth, Nero, Duke Dumont and Fuse ODG. Headliners on Saturday are Avicii and Kendrick Lamar while Sunday sees David Guetta and Nicki Minaj top the bill. Returning to Finsbury Park for a second year, 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.


Calling Festival

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds headline the classic rock festival on Clapham Common.

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station


Dates: 04th July 2015


Hard Rock Calling became Calling Festival in 2014 and moved from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to Clapham Common where it remains for 2015 when Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds headline the classic rock festival. The line-up for the multi-stage festival also includes Ryan Adams And The Shining, The Hives, Echo & The Bunnymen, Washington six-piece Modest Mouse and North Londoners Wolf Alice. Last year the Calling Festival played host to more than 80,000 festival goers who got to see Stevie Wonder and Aerosmith play live.


Kew the Music

Paloma Faith, UB40 and The Specials play picnic concerts.

Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB

Tube: Kew Gardens Station


Dates: 07th - 12th July 2015


Paloma Faith, Caro Emerald, UB40, The Specials and Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra are on the Kew the Music line-up when it returns for more summer concerts in July 2015. The series of outdoor picnic concerts set against the backdrop of the Victorian Temperate House at Kew Gardens has been running for five years now and its sixth year is set to be just as magical. 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.


Somerset House Summer Series

Chromeo, George Ezra and Jessie J all perform at this year's festival.

Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 09th - 19th July 2015


Jewish Lebanese Montreal duo Chromeo kicks the Somerset House Summer Series off on Thursday 9th July while Jessie J plays the closing party on Sunday 19th July 2015. George Ezra, Gary Clark Jr., Belle and Sebastian and Angus & Julia Stone are just some of the live acts dropping into the central courtyard of Somerset House for this year's Summer Series, an idyllic, intimate, calming, escapist location for a concert on a summer's evening. 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. For detailed information on this year's festival go to our Somerset House Summer Series feature.



Rudimental and Snopp Dogg headline in 2015.

Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5SN

Tube: Mile End Station


Dates: 17th - 18th July 2015


London's answer to Glastonbury is back for 2015 for another two-day bonanza at Victoria Park. With a huge range of musical styles across multiple stages and a friendly, music-loving crowd, the London park party comes closest to capturing the vibe of a proper festival. This year's festival welcomes Rudimental, Cypress Hill, MK and Kaytranada on the Friday while Saturday's line-up includes Snoop Dogg, Annie Mac, Hot Chip, Little Dragon and Jessie Ware. 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.


Citadel Festival

Bombay Bicycle Club and Ben Howard headline this new festival.

Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5SN

Tube: Mile End Station


Dates: 19th July 2015


Bombay Bicycle Club and Ben Howard headline a brand new festival for London, the Citadel Festival which takes place at Victoria Park this July. The event, with the tagline 'A Mirror To The City', includes a side line of gastronomic and literary events away from the live music programme. There's a series of long table Sunday dining experiences, and the Sunday Papers Live where the Secret Productions team will host a tent of literary talks, spoken word performances and debates. A great mix of live music, dining and theatre for summer.


Greenwich Music Time

Ray Davies, Tome Jones and George Benson headline this series of outdoor concerts.

Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, London, SE10 9LW

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)


Dates: 22nd - 27th July 2015


Set within the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Music Time is a four-day series of al fresco concerts. Returning for its second year, it moves from the August bank holiday weekend to the end of July and this year welcomes world platinum selling artists the Gipsy Kings, legendary Kinks frontman Ray Davies, Welsh singer Sir Tom Jones and 10-time Grammy Award-winning George Benson as its headliners. More support acts are also still to be announced.


Meltdown Festival

David Byrne directs this year's festival.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 17th - 30th August 2015


Southbank Centre's annual Meltdown festival has been running since 1993 and each year invites a different cultural figure to act as director of the event and pick the performers of their choosing to reveal their passions and influences. Previous directors include James Lavelle, Yoko Ono, David Bowie, John Peel and Morrissey. This year sees the Oscar, Golden Globe, Obie and Drama Desk award-winning musician David Byrne taken the position. As well as being the creative force behind American rock band Talking Heads, Byrne also boasts a hugely successful solo career, with eight studio albums and collaborations with the likes of Fatboy Slim, Arcade Fire, Paul Simon and Morcheeba. His role as director of Meltdown sees him return to the Southbank after his award-winning musical Here Lies Love, staged at the Dorfman Theatre in 2014.


South West Four

Some of the biggest names in dance perform at Clapham Common.

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station


Dates: 29th - 30th August 2015


Now a firm favourite on the London festival calendar, South West Four is back for its 12th year in 2015, welcoming festival-goers to Clapham Common over the August bank holiday weekend for two days of dance music mayhem. This year's mega line-up includes Faithless, Datboy Slim, Eric Prydz, Skrillex, Basement Jaxx, SecondCity, Eats Everything, Example, Jaguar Skills and MistaJam - to name but a few! SW4" has proved a great success over the past eleven 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.


On Blackheath

The festival returns for its second year.

Blackheath Common, Shooters Hill Road, London, SE3 0UA

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)


Dates: 12th - 13th September 2015


After its inaugural year in 2014, music and food festival On Blackheath is back this summer. Taking place on Blackheath Common, home to the start of the London Marathon, its headliners for 2015 are Elbow and Madness, with the Manic Street Preachers, Anna Calvi, Kelis and Laura Mvula also performing. A number of supporting stages will also be on site for a series of alternative music, dance and DJs while a food village hosts a chef's club, pop up restaurants and street food. Additionally, being a family-friendly festival, there's The Playground which presents lots of family fun, an urban arts experience and plenty of surprises.

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