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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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Meltdown

Who’s playing? Sunn O))), Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Anna Calvi, Matthew Herbert, Young Marble Giants and more.

David Byrne curates the Southbank Centre’s annual festival, with an eclectic line-up of everything from post-punk to flamenco, experimental theatre to drone metal.

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South West Four

Critics' choice

Who’s playing? Skrillex, Faithless, Fatboy Slim, John Digweed, Eric Prydz, Luciano, Dubfire, Bakermat, Gorgon City and more.

Clapham Common’s dance music explosion returns for another weekend of classic club-flavoured festival business, overflowing with anthems and arms in the air. If you're longing for super-club sounds but can't afford Ibiza and are loath to spend the last days of summer in a dark, sweaty room, head to SW4 for your fix of big-room house, EDM, electro, techno and trance, as well as other genres creeping in from all angles.

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Clapham Common, Clapham Saturday August 29 2015 - Sunday August 30 2015

Ceremony Festival

Critics' choice

Who’s playing? The Martinez Brothers, Armand Van Helden, Lee Foss, DJ Sneak, Todd Terry, Shiba San, Harry Romero, Artwork, Todd Edwards and more.

Building on their history of wicked outdoor dance-athons around town, expert party-starters Found are bringing back the one-day Ceremony Festival for another outing. Once again, Finsbury Park will be packed with a host of huge DJs and producers from across the decades. Cross your fingers for good weather – as long as it isn't raining all day, this'll be one of the highlights of London's autumn clubbing calendar.

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Finsbury Park, Brownswood Park Saturday September 12 2015

OnBlackheath

Critics' choice

Who’s playing? Elbow, Madness, Manic Street Preachers, Kelis, Anna Calvi, Laura Mvula and more.

Normally ill-served when it comes to fun in fields, south-east London got its own back in 2014 with the first instalment of this new two-day music festival. It’s back for 2015, with a dad-friendly line-up of mature indie bands plus a trio of cool female singer-songwriters.

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Blackheath, Blackheath Saturday September 12 2015 - Sunday September 13 2015

United Festival

Critics' choice

Who’s playing? 808 State, DJ Hype, Lisa Lashes, Ratpack, Fabio and Grooverider, Slipmatt, Kenny Ken, DJ Luck and MC Neat, Pied Piper, Robert Owens, Marshall Jefferson and more.

After a storming debut last year, this one-day celebration of UK rave culture returns to shake up Finsbury Park. Over 150 hard-hitting names will be helping the crowds to rave hard and true, blasting out drum 'n' bass, techno, hardcore, garage and acid house across eight arenas.

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Finsbury Park, Brownswood Park Sunday September 13 2015

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