The best music festivals in London

Some of 2015’s top festivals take place right here in the capital

You lucky Londoner: you don’t need a tent or even a pair of wellies to get the full music festival experience this summer. You’ve got some of the world’s biggest acts and a whole world of fun a tube ride away, thanks to these incredible music festivals in London. Buy your tickets today and forget about going away, because after a long day of sun and debauchery there’s nothing better than a warm shower and your own bed.

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Camden Lock Live

Who’s playing? Stealing Sheep, The Cuban Brothers, Norman Jay MBE, Flyte.

The canalside yards and market halls of Camden Lock host a free urban music festival, with three stages of live music plus comedy, street food, ‘artisan shopping’ (us neither) and pop-up cocktail bars. Big fun in NW1.

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Camden Lock Market Friday July 10 2015 Free

Dalston Music Festival

Critics' choice

Who’s playing? The Heatwave, Daphni, DJ Pioneer, Funkineven, Livin Proof, Orquesta de la Rebelion.

This new DIY music festival brings some great sounds to venues all around Dalston on what’ll hopefully be a sunny summer Saturday. An outdoor stage and free party in Gillett Square hosts DJs including Caribbean party-starters The Heatwave, with barbecues and food stalls to help get revellers into the carnival spirit.

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Various Dalston venues Saturday July 11 2015

Somerset House Summer Series

Critics' choice

Who’s playing? Chromeo, Gary Clark Jr, Passenger, Chronixx, George Ezra, Nick Mulvey, Angus And Julia Stone, James Bay, Kwabs, Belle And Sebastian and Jessie J.

The gorgeous eighteenth-century courtyard of Somerset House hosts another of its annual summer gig series. With neoclassical beauty on all four sides it takes a special music line-up to live up to the setting, but luckily the Summer Series has got just that.

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Somerset House Thursday July 9 2015 - Sunday July 19 2015

Walthamstow Garden Party

Critics' choice

Who’s playing? Femi Kuti, Ghostpoet, The Skatalites, Somns Of Kemet, Nozinja and Kasai All Stars.

Programmed by the Barbican and Create London in partnership with Waltham Forest Council, the Walthamstow Garden Party is a free two-day festival in E17 that combines a cracking music line-up with plenty of family fun: theatre, dancing, comedy, circus, art activities with the William Morris Gallery and a designers' market.

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Lloyd Park Saturday July 18 2015 - Sunday July 19 2015 Free


Critics' choice

Who’s playing? Snoop Dogg, Rudimental, Hot Chip, Jessie Ware, Little Dragon, Mark Ronson, Annie Mac, Cypress Hill, Flume, Flight Facilities and more.

Still one of the finest boutique efforts in London, catering for cool kids and party monsters, Lovebox returns for its second year as a two-dayer. As usual, it should be one of the highlights of the London summer thanks to a storming, genre-blurring line-up of DJs electronic acts and live bands, plus all sorts of weird fun on the side (performance, art, dance, and mysterious mischief) and a full range of banging after parties.

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Victoria Park Friday July 17 2015 - Saturday July 18 2015
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