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The best music festivals in London

Some of 2016’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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The best music festivals in London 2016


Critics' choice

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.

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Damyns Hall Aerodrome , Corbets Tey Saturday May 28 2016 - Sunday May 29 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 bass culture, including some huge names. 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. Check back soon for the line-up – it’s sure to be a good one.

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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 , South Hackney Saturday June 11 2016 - Sunday June 12 2016

Found Festival

Critics' choice

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.

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Brockwell Park , Herne Hill Saturday June 11 2016
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The best festivals in the UK

Music festivals calendar

Warm cider, live music and anxious weather-watching: the summer festival season has become a British tradition. To help you plan a fab summer we’ve rounded up this year’s biggest and best UK festivals in one handy 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