The best music festivals in London

Some of 2014's top festivals take place here in the capital



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Rock titans, cutting-edge DJs, R&B superstars – as usual, London’s throwing one hell of a party this summer. Forget tents and wellies: whatever you’re looking for in a music festival line-up, you can find it right here in the capital with our pick of the best festivals pitching up on your doorstep.

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Music festivals in the capital this April

The Lock Tavern Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Line-up includes Pins, Big Deal, Kult Country, Seekae.

What's the deal? 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 and try your luck.

  1. Lock Tavern 35 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AJ
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sun Apr 20
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Line-up includes The Velvelettes, Secret Affair, Stone Foundation.

What's the deal? Scooters, suits and haircuts at the ready: the Mods are coming to London for four days of sharp, ’60s-inspired action to celebrate 50 years of this resilient subculture. The assorted Moddery on offer includes live soul, jazz and classic R&B acts including Motown veterans The Velvelettes and mod revivalists Secret Affair and Stone Foundation. Every gig is open until late, with DJs spinning Mod tunes in three rooms after the live acts. Aside from the music there'll also be a record fair, a scooter run and a daytime boat party.

  1. 229 229 Great Portland St, W1W 5PN
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Mon Apr 21
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Yard Life Festival

  • Critics choice

Line-up includes Van Susans, Youth Club, Lemmy Ashton, Men's Adventures, Younghusband.

What's the deal? This new charity festival puts all its profits towards MS Research, and brings a big line-up of young bands and DJs to Islington across the Easter weekend. As well as the music there's a barbecue, a market and art installations throughout the venue, so you can get the full festival experience – and feel good about it.

  1. Islington Metal Works 7 Torrens St, off City Rd, EC1V 1NQ
  2. Sat Apr 19 - Mon Apr 21
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  • Critics choice

Line-up includes Boris, Spirit Caravan, Kvelertak.

What's the deal? The capital's premier (and only) festival of stoner rock and doom metal returns. It's run by the promotion company Desertscene, who have been putting on heavy, heavy music in the capital since 2009, and has a sister event in Berlin. The last couple of Desertfests have sold out completely, so make sure you get your ticket now.

  1. The Black Heart 3 Greenland Place, NW1 0AP
  2. Fri Apr 25 - Sun Apr 27
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