Top 10 summer festivals in London
The good weather is coming and the summer is almost here. The summer music festivals are a must in London, but which are, the best? Check out this top ten!
For the third year running, Finsbury Park plays host to an eye-popping line-up of hip-hop, R&B and dance music royalty. Calvin Harris is the big Friday headliner, while London drum 'n' bass duo Chase & Status and superstars of the grime scene, Boy Better Know, take on Saturday and Sunday nights respectively.
Where? Finsbury Park , Brownswood Park
When? Friday July 8, 2016 - Sunday, July 10, 2016
Raw Power festival
Raw Power festival is starting to become a regular fixture in the London calendar, returning to genteel Tufnell Park for three more days of loud psychedelic fun. Acts this time around include Melt-Banana, Teeth Of The Sea, ace Latin American kraut rockers Follakzoid and the impeccably named Sly & The Family Drone.
Where? The Dome , Tufnell Park Friday
When? May 27, 2016 - Sunday, May 29, 2016
We Are FSTVL
Over the last three years, WAF has established itself as one of the big guns among the new generation of dance festivals. Returning to London (well, Essex, but it’s on the tube) for two more days this summer, it boasts another heavyweight line-up of globe-conquering DJs, hot rising talents, and respected undergrounders.
Where? Damyns Hall Aerodrome , Corbets Tey
When? Saturday, May 28, 2016 - Sunday, May 29, 2016
Eating out is the new going out for many a Londoner, so it’s no surprise that this new May bank holiday gathering in Brockwell Park is as much a food event as a music festival. Chefs, restaurants, bars and breweries from all points south of the river will be serving up the goodies, with DJs and live acts including Nightmares On Wax and Norman Jay MBE helping you dance those calories right back off.
Where? Brockwell Park , Herne Hill
When? Sunday, May 29, 2016
The Camden Crawl is long gone (RIP) but there’s still a festival where you can catch loads of bands turning it up to 11 across north London’s sticky-floored rock ’n’ roll wonderland. Camden Rocks is a newish hard rock and metal festival which brings more than 200 bands (a mix of big names and underground talent) to 20 venues around NW1. This year’s line-up includes The Cribs, Sikth, Escape The Fate, Billy Bragg, We Are The Ocean, etc.. A must for rock and heavy music lovers!
Where? Various venues
When? London Saturday, June 4, 2016
Calling all techno heads: here’s a new one-day festival that should push your party buttons, hard. Junction 2 is a meeting of some pretty serious minds (London Warehouse Events, The Hydra, and Adam Beyer’s Drumcode label) and takes place in a bucolic-sounding secret location in Zone 4.
Where? Boston Manor Park
When? Brentford Saturday, June 4, 2016
Field Day has slowly become one of London’s very best music festivals, with a consistently excellent booking policy covering the world’s finest alternative acts. The bill regularly incorporates everything from weird pop and indie up-and-comers to underground dance producers and folk musicians. This year’s headliners are PJ Harvey and Four Tet.
Where? Victoria Park , South Hackney
When? Saturday, June 11, 2016 - Sunday, June 12, 2016
Daytime dance party Found moved from Haggerston Park to Brockwell Park last year, and it’s sticking down south for 2016. As ever, those who stagger down for the 11am start and make it through the whole day (the event finishes at 9pm) will be rewarded with a superb range of house and techno selectors. There are always loads of afterparties too.
Where? Brockwell Park ,Herne Hill
When? Saturday, June 11, 2016
British Summer Time Festival
Back in Hyde Park for another season, the British Summer Time series has already snagged Take That, Florence + The Machine and Mumford & Sons. Now Massive Attack have joined the bill, headlining an eclectic day that also includes Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers, Warpaint, TV On The Radio, Ghostpoet and a rock ’n’ roll veteran on top form – Patti Smith.
Where? Hyde Park , Kensington
When? Friday, July 1, 2016
Lovebox packs as much fun into two days as many festivals manage in three. The big news this year – and it’s huge – is the return to action of James Murphy’s boundary-trampling dance crew LCD Soundsystem. They’re coming over to play their only London set on Saturday night at Lovebox, having reunited earlier this year. The Friday headliners are Major Lazer, dropping electro-dancehall rave bombs all over the park.
Where? Victoria Park , South Hackney
When? Friday, July 15, 2016 - Saturday, July 16, 2016