Summer Music Festivals in London

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Field Day
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park
South West Four
Ludovico Einaudi plays Live At Chelsea
Greenwich Music Time
Little Mix play Greenwich Music Time
Citadel Festival
Citadel Festival
Lovebox
Lovebox
Field Day
Field Day
The Staves play Bushstock Festival
Gala
We Are FSTVL
Meltdown Festival: M.I.A.
Will Young plays at Mighty Hoopla
Mighty Hoopla
Hampton Court Palace Festival
Catfish & The Bottlemen headline Community Festival
Wireless Festival
Years and Years headline Mighty Hoopla
Sunfall
Eastern Electrics Festival
Eastern Electrics Festival
 

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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.

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We Are FSTVL

Join Craig David, Dizzee Rascal, Carl Cox, Basement Jaxx at a private aerodrome.

Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Aveley Road, Upminster, London, RM14 2TN

Tube: Upminster Bridge Station

 

Dates: 26th - 28th May 2017

 

For their fifth anniversary We Are FSTVL offer on-site camping for the first time with Morning Gloryville to help start the day as you mean to go on - with a rave. Big hitting names like Craig David, Dizzee Rascal, Carl Cox, Basement Jaxx, and Wiley are on the line up which lists 300 DJs, set to play across 30 stages in and around a private aerodrome in Uxbridge, 20 minutes from central London. Happy campers who choose to spend the whole weekend on site can enjoy hot tubs, a woodland spa, tall ball pool, giant pillow fights, silly sports, a Glitter Palace, Blowdry Bar, campfire and pop up restaurants.

 
 
 

Gala

One day festival promising a confetti filled disco, funk and soul extravaganza.

Brockwell Park, Norwood Road, London, SE24 0PA

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: 28th May 2017

 

Back for a second year on the May bank holiday, Gala brings together the very best of south London's restaurants, bars and parties for a one-day festival set against the backdrop of Brockwell Park. Kicking off the summer with a line-up of jazz-funk, groove, soul, tropical and world beats, the fete welcomes disco from Studio 54 and Paradise Garage, headlining alongside Crazy P with a full live band while Horse Meat Disco are curating their own stage with guests to include Honey Soundsystem and Mood II Swing. Plus, feeding London's hunger for quality street food, there will be dishes from Kricket, Kitchen Shop, Made of Dough, Bill or Beak and Fatties Bakery, as well as drinks by Brixton Brewery, Canopy Beer and Peckham's Brick Brewery among others.

 
 
 

Field Day

Aphex Twin - aka Richard David James - headlines Field Day in 2017.

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

Tube: Mile End Station

 

Dates: 03rd June 2017

 

Electro musician and composer Aphex Twin - aka Richard David James - headlines Field Day festival in 2017, playing his best IDM and electronic tunes. On the impressively large line-up comes ABRA and her airy R&B-tinged vocals, 22 year old Irish storyteller Aine Cahill, and Julia Jacklin - part of "a new wave of young Australian and New Zealand-based artists... giving Nashville's heartland genre a wry overhaul" (Guardian). As well as live music you get DJ sessions from Jon Hopkins, Dutch collective Dekmantel Soundsystem, and BBC 6 Music DJ Marc 'Lard' Riley. Taking place annually at Victoria Park, Field Day is perfect for subdued electro, melancholic folk, bold dance acts and a dreamy summer vibe.

 
 
 

Mighty Hoopla

Win tickets to see Years and Years, Will Young and All Saints play at Mighty Hoopla.

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

Tube: Mile End Station

 

Dates: 04th June 2017

 

After a successful first outing at Butlin's in Bognor Regis Mighty Hoopla comes to London for the first time this summer. Years and Years, playing their only UK festival of 2017, are headlining the festival at Victoria Park on Sunday 4th June 2017, and LondonTown has a pair of tickets to giveaway. Will Young, All Saints, Charlotte Church and Sophie Ellis Bextor also play at "the ultimate celebration of pop and alternative club culture". DJs, club nights and performance troupes taking part include Sink The Pink, Guilty Pleasures, The Glory, Ultimate Power, The Grand, Bongo's Bingo, and huge karaoke night Masseoke. East End performance bar The Glory will take over the bandstand and it's a safe bet you'll be picking glitter out of your hair come Monday morning.

Go to LondonTown Competitions for details on how to win a pair of tickets to the festival, enter before 12noon on Monday 17th April 2017.

 
 
 

Hampton Court Palace Festival

James Morrison, Bryan Ferry, Rick Astley and Will Young play at the historic palace.

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, London, KT8 9AU

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 08th - 24th June 2017

 

In its 25th anniversary year, the Hampton Court Palace Festival marks the occasion with nine nights of music in the open-air court of King Henry VIII's Palace - a beautiful backdrop for a line-up of acts worthy of the venue. James Morrison kicks the whole thing off on 8th June and Will Young plays his only full live show in London this summer, on 14th June, performing jazz numbers and new adaptations of his much-loved songs. Van Morrison, Bryan Ferry, Rick Astley and Michael Ball together with Alfie Boe are all on the line up which also includes festival favourite Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Bjorn Again and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra who play at the 'Fanfare and Fireworks' night. Guests can bring their own hampers with champers or take advantage of the pre-ordered picnic options on offer which include a VIP package where you get great seats, a champagne reception with canapes as well as dinner with wine.

 
 
 
 

Meltdown Festival: M.I.A.

The Sri Lankan born, London bred singer curates Meltdown in 2017.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 09th - 18th June 2017

 

"Often outrageous, always outspoken," (BBC News) M.I.A. curates the marvellous Meltdown festival in 2017. Launched 24 years ago, the festival puts one well connected music industry figure in the driving seat and gives them free reign to invite whoever they like to the Southbank Centre. Putting M.I.A., or Mathangi 'Maya' Arulpragasam, in charge will no doubt bring her wide range of influences - from Nu Rave and Dancehall to Hip Hop - to this year's festival. The Sri Lankan born, London bred singer's vast list of collaborators includes Diplo, Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Jay Z and Lil Wayne. Given the festival is all about collaboration, we're looking forward to must-see live concerts at the boundary-pushing festival.

 
 
 

Bushstock Festival

One-day festival at venues in and around 'The Bush'.

Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 7LJ

Tube: Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line)

 

Dates: 10th June 2017

 

English folk rock trio The Staves, Irish singer-songwriter Aine Cahil, and Canadian folk singer Basia Bulat are just three of the acts lined up to play at this year's west London festival, Bushstock, back for its seventh year in 2017. A one-day festival at venues across 'The Bush', the annual event is 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 multi-venue event. With more than forty bands performing, it's the perfect chance to enjoy something a little less mainstream, somewhat folksy and a little bit raw. Performers this year include FOURS, Gordi, Jade Bird, Krusoe, Liv Dawson, Palace Winter, and Ten Tonnes with many more to be announced.

 
 
 

Live At Chelsea

Long weekend of open air concerts at the historic home of the Chelsea Pensioners.

Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th Jun 2018

 

Ludovico Einaudi and Belle & Sebastian play at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the home of the Chelsea Pensioners as part of Live At Chelsea, a long weekend of open air concerts at the historic home of the red uniformed Chelsea Pensioners. Glasgow band Belle & Sebastian kicks off the music festival on Thursday 15th June with lead singer Stuart Murdoch promising "a fragrant evening of modern rock and roll" and dressing up. Sunday 18th June sees Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi close the open-air concert series with his unique brand of classical music influnced by African, rock and electronic sounds.

 
 
 

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

Phil Collins, Green Day, Kings Of Leon and The Killers headline in 2017.

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

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 6th to 14th July 2018

 

British Summer Time Hyde Park, six days of open air gigs in one of central London's biggest parks, is back for a fifth year in 2017 with another impressive line-up. This year will see Green Day, Justin Bieber, Kings Of LeonPhil Collins, The Killers and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers headline. But it's not just about the headliners. Each of these one-day gigs is like a mini festival. There's strong support from the likes of US rock legends Pixies, playing on Thursday 6th July before the Kings Of Leon. Joining The Killers on Saturday 8th July is Mancunian rock group elbow while Blondie warms up the crowd for Phil Collins. Between two weekends of live music there's free entertainment with open-air movie nights and tennis screenings, street food stalls and daytime DJs.

 
 
 

Community Festival

Catfish and the Bottlemen headline the new one-day-only festival.

Finsbury Park, Endymion Road, London, N4 1EE

Tube: Manor House Station

 

Dates: 01st July 2017

 

It was spread around 11 venues in Hoxton and Shoreditch a couple of years back but now Community Festival becomes a brand new one-day-only summer festival at Finsbury Park. Catfish and the Bottlemen headline the day's events, playing their only festival appearance in mainland England this year. Expect to hear an epic set, including smashes from last year's number one album, 'The Ride' and their breakthrough debut, 'The Balcony'. Join them are The Wombats who celebrate a decade of hits including 'Moving to New York' and 'Let's Dance to Joy Division'. Punk duo, Slaves, will present a raucous and unstoppably high energy set and Southend-on-Sea's finest, Nothing But Thieves, will be performing new material alongside tunes from their top 10 debut album, and Fickle Friends, The Hunna, Darlia and RedFaces also perform live in the east London park.

 
 
 
 

Greenwich Music Time

Cliff Richard and Little Mix are lined up to play the open air mini festival.

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

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

 

Dates: 01st - 07th July 2017

 

Set within the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Music Time is a four-day series of al fresco concerts. For its fourth year the festival is mixing it up with veteran crooner Cliff Richard and girl band Little Mix so there's something for teens, pensioners and everyone in between. The chart-topping quartet headline on Friday 7th July bringing their Summer Shout Out tour, which takes in The O2 and Twickenham, to Greenwich. Concerts take place in the magnificent surroundings of Sir Christopher Wren's twin-domed riverside masterpiece, overlooking the Thames, lit by the big city lights of Canary Wharf.

 
 
 

Wireless Festival

Chance The Rapper, London grime artist Skepta and The Weeknd headline the three-day Finsbury Park festival.

Finsbury Park, Endymion Road, London, N4 1EE

Tube: Manor House Station

 

Dates: 07th - 09th July 2017

 

The three-day Wireless music festival returns to Finsbury Park for a fourth year, playing host to three-time Grammy Award winning hip-hop artist Chance The Rapper, London's homegrown grime luminary Skepta and The Weeknd who closes the festival on Sunday. The performer, producer and songwriter made history in November 2016 by breaking Spotify records with single 'Starboy', which holds the record for most streams in 24 hours by a single artist. Other artists include Mike Skinner and Murkage, Hilltop Hoods. London's grime queen Stefflon Don, teenage marvels AJ X DENO, and popstar Yuna, joined by 'Stereotype Freestyle' rapper Cadet, grime purist Abra Cadabra, and storyteller Topaz Jones. Since its first outing back in 2005 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.

 
 
 

Kew the Music

Passenger, legendary dance club Hacienda and indie band James play at Kew.

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

Tube: Kew Gardens Station

 

Dates: 11th - 16th July 2017

 

There's a Manchester and even a 'Madchester' vibe to this year's Kew the Music. Legendary club Hacienda and indie band James are on the bill for the open air concerts which fill the botanic gardens at Kew with house tunes and James hits like Sit Down and She's A Star. Mike Pickering and Graeme Park swap sweaty nightclubs for the open air botanic gardens at Kew, lining up club anthems to be played by a full orchestra. Singer songwriter Mike Rosenberg, better known by his stage name Passenger, opens this year's festival performing hits like 'Let Her Go', backed by a five-piece band.

 
 
 

Lovebox

Frank Ocean is the Friday headliner at the long-running London festival.

Brockwell Park, Norwood Road, London, SE24 0PA

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: Friday 13th and Saturday 14th July 2018

 

Entering their fifteenth year, Lovebox has firmly established itself as one of the best summer music festivals in London. This year is shaping up to be a good one with "a major coup for the festival" (The Guardian) in securing Frank Ocean as the Friday headliner for 2017, the first confirmed UK date for the R&B star following the release of his album, Blonde. Added to that, Victoria 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. With more headliners yet to be revealed, it's no surprise that the love Londoners have for Lovebox continues to burn bright.

 
 
 

Citadel Festival

Indie rock band Foals headline, playing their only UK festival of 2017.

Brockwell Park, Norwood Road, London, SE24 0PA

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: Sunday 15th July 2018

 

After two highly successful years, Citadel Festival returns to Victoria Park this July for a third one-day festival of music, food, theatre, art and entertainment. Headlining is indie rock band Foals, playing their only UK festival in 2017. As well as music on the main stage there's a good choice of alternative entertainment from dance and drawing to screen printing and children's workshops, fashion and beauty stalls, fitness activities like disco dodgeball, and Sunday Papers Live with invited speakers creating a forum for debate.

 
 
 
 

Eastern Electrics Festival

One-day dance and techno party with an Ibiza summer vibe.

Morden Park, Road, Merton, London, SM4 5QX

Tube: Morden Station

 

Dates: 05th August 2017

 

Returning to a central London location for the first time since the first Eastern Electrics Festival, back in 2012, the one-day dance and techno party will be easier to get to for Londoners. What hasn't changed is the scale or the calibre of music talent. Expect an Ibiza summer vibe, lasers and smoke cannons, upfront house and techno, big beats and a crowd of around 17,000 people up for a party. The 2017 festival welcomes new additions Knee Deep In Sound, iconic label Defected Records, plus the long awaited return of Skreamizm, Rinse FM, Viva Warriors, Star of EE, the infamous Tropical Tea Party and a super special VIP area hosted by Jocks and Nerds.

 
 
 

Visions Festival

The popular one-day festival returns to London Fields.

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

Tube: Walthamstow Central Station

 

Dates: 05th August 2017

 

Taking place at several intimate venues around London Fields, Visions Festival returns for 2017 with another one-day music line-up. This year welcomes Benny Mails, Blanck Mass, Frankie Cosmos, Goat Girl, Helada Negro, Ider, The Men, Noga Erez amongst others. Further to the music, there's also a craft beer and a food festival. Be quick, however, it's proved popular and sold out quickly the past few years.

 
 
 

Sunfall

The teams behind XOYO and Phonox present this new one-day festival.

Brockwell Park, Norwood Road, London, SE24 0PA

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: 12th August 2017

 

New festival Sunfall comes to London this year, taking over Brockwell Park for one day in August. Presented by the teams behind London clubs XOYO, The Next and Phonox, we well as Croatian festivals Outlook and Dimensions, the festival is a celebration of the underground, spanning jazz, electronica, house, hip hop, dubstep, techno, soul, drum & bass, and disco. Split into two parts, it invites guests to party by day then continue into the night at one of many late-night club sessions. The line-up includes Beautiful Swimmers, Antal, The Black Madonna, Gilles Peterson, HAAi, Shanti Celeste, Horse Meat Disco and K15.

 
 
 

South West Four

Pendulum and Deadmau5, back in London for the first time in three years, headline.

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station

 

Dates: 26th - 27th August 2017

 

Now a firm favourite on the London festival calendar, South West Four is back for two days of dance music and big names over the Bank Holiday weekend. This year's Saturday headliner is Pendulum with further performances from Eric Prydz, Sigma, MK, and Maya Jane Coles and Heidi. Sunday, meanwhile, welcomes Deadmau5 to headline, back in London for the first time in three years, as well as Marco Carola, London duo Dusky, Gareth Emery, Gavin Lynch aka Matador, and Dutch maestro Nicky Romero. SW4 has proved a great success over the past thirteen 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 11pm but there are after-parties for those keen on all-night revelry.

 
 
 
 
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