Field Day returns to East London once again, destroying the peace and making lots of lovely noise! Celebrating their sixth birthday in 2012 the boys and girls at Field Day arrive every summer bringing with them an unbeatable line-up of quality live music acts, as leafy Victoria Park is swamped by skinny-jean clad hipsters clamouring for their spot in the sun. Field Day offers a more diverse, fresh selection of acts than some of the more mainstream pop festivals in London. Think subdued electro, melancholy folk, bold dance acts, and a dreamy summer vibe to match. The line-up for 2012 looks like a corker with the Balkan-folk band Beirut headlining, Scottish indie-rockers Franz Ferdinand and electro-popsters Metronomy all taking to the stage. This festival is all about the music so the organisation can appear slightly lacking at times, despite reaching the grand old age of six Field Day still has some teething problems - prepare yourself for some serious queuing and don't expect to get within spitting distance of a stage. Afterwards, head on to one of the neighbouring clubs which put on an array of cracking after-parties to carry those dancing feet through till dawn.
Summer Music Festivals in London
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: Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June 2014
James Lavelle curates this year's festival.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX
Dates: 13th to 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: Saturday 14th June 2014
This nearly new one-day West London festival 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, Shepherds Bar, The Defectors Weld and St. Stephens & Thomasí Church. Bushstock will play host to artists such as Fionn Regan, Jamie N Commons, Alessiís Ark and many many more. 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.
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: 4th, 5th and 6th July 2014
Celebrating its ninth consecutive year, the Wireless Festival moves from Hyde Park to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in July 2013 where the three day music festival will be held on the site once occupied by the Olympic hockey arena. Following his recent comeback, superstar Justin Timberlake will be joined by Jay Z to headline this year's festival. Timberlake will take to the stage on the Friday, when he will be joined by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Trey Songz, John Legend and Brit Award 2013 winner Frank Ocean, who will be making his Wireless debut. The Saturday will see Jay Z take to the stage, plus Emeli Sande, Rita Ora, Kendrick Lamar Miguel and special guest Calvin Harris. The Sunday will see the two headliners perform together as the 'Legends of the Summer', along with further acts A$AP Rocky, NAS, Porter Robinson and WILL.I.AM. 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. The festival will be one of the first events to take place at the newly re-launched Olympic Park, which officially reopens on 27th July 2013 with a weekend of gigs to celebrate the first anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
10 days & 2 weekends of live music in Hyde Park.
Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
Tube: Knightsbridge Station
Dates: 6th to 12th Jul 2014
A new event for London, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park for the first time this summer, from Friday 5th July to Sunday 14th July 2013, with well known acts like Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones, Ray Davies and Elvis Costello, Lionel Richie and Jennifer Lopez, JLS and The Beach Boys all playing live in Hyde Park over two weekends. From Monday to Thursday there will be a more intimate midweek programme of entertainment including film, music, literature and sport. The music begins on Friday 5th July with Bon Jovi headlining followed by The Rolling Stones on Saturday 6th July and Saturday 13th July. Added to these headliners are top class support acts performing across 4 different stages including Kaiser Chiefs, The Vaccines, Palma Violets, Bush, Tribes, Jake Bugg and Tom Odell. 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. A top class mini festival without leaving central London.
Blondie, Paul Weller, Leona Lewis and Jools Holland play London's botanical gardens.
Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB
Tube: Kew Gardens Station
Dates: 16th to 20th Jul 2014
Blondie, Paul Weller, Leona Lewis and Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra are on the Kew the Music line-up when it returns for summer 2013 this July. Roland Gift, the voice of Fine Young Cannibals, appears as a special guest with Jools Holland on Friday 12th July while bands Bellowhead and The Human League 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 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.
Priority booking opens at 9am on 4th February and runs until 8.59 on Monday 11th February 2013.
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: Friday 18th and Saturday 19th July 2014
London's answer to Glastonbury is back for 2013 with three days of unadulterated partying. 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. Vicky Park is a great festival venue, with loads of space and a sympathetic council who let them turn the music up really loud. Running from Friday afternoon through to Sunday evening, each day will have its own distinct musical identity. Friday's line-up includes Azealia Banks - who plays her only UK festival set of 2013 - Rudimental and Jurassic 5; Saturday has Plan B, AlunaGeorge and D'Angelo; and Sunday boasts Goldfrapp, Hurts and Lil' Kim.
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: Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August 2014
The South West Four Weekender welcomes revellers to Clapham Common over the August bank holiday weekend for two days of dance-music mayhem. The UK's premier inner city dance festival has attracted big names Chase and Status, Carl Cox, Foreign Beggars and Skrillex to the bill this year. Taking place on Saturday and Sunday (leaving you the bank holiday Monday to recover), SW4 has proved a great success over its first eight years, filling Clapham Common with party people 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 merriment can continue as long as those dancing feet will hold up.
The iconic and intimate Roundhouse hosts a month of free gigs throughout September
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH
Tube: Chalk Farm Station
Dates: 1st to 30th September 2014
The iTunes Festival takes over the Roundhouse this September with a free gig every night for the whole month. In the past the Roundhouse stage has been graced by The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and The Clash and the iTunes Festival has some produced some pretty memorable music moments, including performances from epic stadium rockers Coldplay, US rock legends Foo Fighters, British songstress Adele, and a surprise appearance from Amy Winehouse; which in fact turned out to be the last public appearance for the troubled singer/songwriter. This year Jack White, Norah Jones, Usher, and (somewhat surprisingly) One Direction will all be headlining. The iconic Camden venue provides a rare opportunity to see these acts up close and personal for an intimate affair. To get everyone guessing and excitement levels to the maximum, performers are announced gradually nearer to the time of the event. Tickets are free but to apply you must enter a competition by going to the festival's official website (www.itunesfestival.com). You can apply for as many gigs as you like. But don't fret if you don't manage to win because each performance will be recorded and sold exclusively on iTunes after the event. It's worth keeping tabs on the Roundhouse website because last year's festival included many impromptu splinter events.
7th March 2014
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British Summer Time Hyde Park
Kew the Music
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