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The best music festivals in London

Some of 2016’s top festivals take place right here in the capital

Citadel Festival

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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The best music festivals in London 2016

Camden Rocks

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, Carl Barât & The Jackals and Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind.

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Various venues , London Saturday June 4 2016

Junction 2

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. The initial line-up includes Âme, Dixon, Marcel Dettmann and Adam Beyer himself – check back soon for more names.

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Boston Manor Park , Brentford Saturday June 4 2016

Born & Bred

Critics' choice

Expanding to two days and backed this year by Rinse FM, B&B is an east London festival teeming with bass, glorious bass, courtesy of top London party promoters Found. A stonking cast have been called in to celebrate UK and international bass culture, including ILoveMakonnen, Wiley, Azealia Banks and Novelist. If drum ’n’ bass, jungle, R&B, dubstep, garage, grime or gritty techno push your dancefloor buttons, this is an essential festival stop.

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Haggerston Park , Hoxton Saturday June 4 2016 - Sunday June 5 2016


Elbow frontman Guy Garvey curates the Southbank Centre’s annual music and arts festival this year, with performances by I Am Kloot, Femi Kuti, Robert Plant and many more.

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By: James Manning

Field Day

Critics' choice

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.

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Victoria Park , Mile End Saturday June 11 2016 - Sunday June 12 2016
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The best festivals in the UK

Music festivals calendar

Whether you’re after a city weekender or fields full of fun, our 2016 festivals calendar has all the dates you need for your diary this festival summer.

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By: Time Out editors