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Lock Tavern Festival

  • Free

Egg hunts? Sunday lunch with the family? Church? No way – easily the best way to spend your Easter weekend is in one of Camden's finest nightspots, watching some really great bands. From Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday The Lock Tavern hosts four nights of fun, with live music and DJs performing alongside pop-up food stalls and art exhibitions. The best bit? Tickets are totally free – book in advance for guaranteed entry and a free slice of pizza, or just turn up on the day

  1. Lock Tavern 35 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AJ
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Sun Apr 20
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We Are FSTVL

Last year, we called We Are FSTVL – a new electronic music mash-up in a field at the eastern end of the District Line – 'bloody huge'. Turns out they were only just warming up: WAF is back for 2014, and it's a bank holiday monster. Across two hedonistic days and nights you can shake some serious booty to some of dance music's biggest names – Fatboy Slim, Sub Focus and Knife Party among them – and a full gamut of rising stars. Like last year, house and techno of all

  1. Damyns Hall Aerodrome Aveley Rd, RM14 2TN
  2. Sat May 24 - Sun May 25
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Field Day

The leftfield festival returns for another year – and it's a one-dayer no longer: Field Day 2014 will take up a whole weekend in June. Over the last few years Field Day has become one of the best festivals in London, with a consistently excellent booking policy covering the world's best alternative acts, ranging from weird pop and indie rock to underground dance producers and folk musicians. Hopefully double the days means double the talent, and the organisers have got off to a

  1. Victoria Park Victoria Park Rd, E3 5SN
  2. Sat Jun 7 - Sun Jun 8
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Download

There might be more metal festivals now than ever before but this is the UK's premier gig for the heavy stuff. Drawing in every kind of hard-riffing band, whether it's rock behemoths or the latest thrash, screamo and emo acts, there's still no finer festival for dedicated headbangers.

  1. Donington Park Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2RP
  2. Fri Jun 13 - Sun Jun 15
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Wireless

After a slightly shaky start last year at its new home in the Olympic Park, Wireless is back in Stratford with an eyepopping line-up of hip hop and R&B royalty. Kanye! Drake! Pharrell! Outkast!

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Lovebox

Still one of the finest boutique efforts in London, catering for cool kids and party monsters, Lovebox is back for 2014. Although it's slimmed down from three to two days as part of a 'new vision' led by the creators of Secret Garden Party, it should still be one of the highlights of the London summer. Expect the best of UK bass, the freshest underground DJs, partytastic electronic live acts, upfront rappers, camp pop divas and some of the best names the London nightlife scene

  1. Victoria Park Victoria Park Rd, E3 5SN
  2. Fri Jul 18 - Sat Jul 19
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Latitude

There are many reasons why Latitude is among the most successful of the recently launched festivals. It's in its ninth year now, and regulars keep returning for its fairytale setting of forest, lake and meadow, its generally adventurous pop and alt rock line-up (including Bangor indie pop band TDCC playing their first ever festival headline slot), its laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere and its choice of arts that takes in comedy, poetry and theatre as well as a literary salon.

  1. Henham Park Southwold, Suffolk, NR34 8AN
  2. Thu Jul 17 - Sun Jul 20
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Secret Garden Party

Woodland fairytale-meets-hippy hedonism-meets-boutique chic-meets-forest rave: Secret Garden Party has a lot going on and pulls it off rather spectacularly. There's plenty of wide-ranging music to be heard, with various party-starting bands and hip DJs playing in treehouses and on islands, but (as with Glasto) the point of SGP is the galaxies of fun to be had elsewhere around the vast site. Workshops, theatre, installations and 'action camps' (thankfully nothing like boot camps

  1. Grange Farm Abbots Ripton, near Huntingdon, PE28 2PH
  2. Thu Jul 24 - Sun Jul 27
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Wilderness

Wilderness is a festival that champions all the arts, from outdoor theatre courtesy of Shakespeare's Globe to talks and debates, horse riding, a lakeside spa and even 'long table' banquets with leading chefs. The music line-up's pretty cool too: headliners are legendary ivory-tinkler and songwriter Burt Bacharach, downbeat pop trio London Grammar and wonky electronicists Metronomy.

  1. Cornbury Park Charlbury, OX7 3EH
  2. Thu Aug 7 - Sun Aug 10
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Jabberwocky

ATP, Pitchfork and Primavera Sound have joined forces to put on Jabberwocky, a new two-day festival with a stellar line-up that could well be one of the highlights of the London summer. So far the bill includes a headline set by indie rock royalty Neutral Milk Hotel, alongside top-drawer electronic music from James Blake, Caribou, Vatican Shadow, Kode9, Darkside and I Break Horses.

  1. ExCeL Centre 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL
  2. Fri Aug 15 - Sat Aug 16
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