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 Rocks

Who’s playing? Funeral For A Friend, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead, Ginger Wildheart, Heaven's Basement, Black Spiders, Turbowolf, Lawnmower Death, Dinosaur Pile-Up and Menswear.

A festival where you can catch loads of bands playing venues across Camden. Sound familiar? No, it's not the ill-fated Camden Crawl. This is Camden Rocks, a rawk and metal-focused twist on the concept, with over 150 bands (a mix of big name and underground acts) gigging across 20 venues in north London's colourful and sticky-floored rock 'n' roll wonderland.

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Various Camden venues Saturday May 30 2015


Critics' choice

Who’s playing? Route 94, Carl Cox, Masters at Work, Dusky, Heidi, Steve Angello, Gorgon City, Hot Since 82, Loco Dice, Seth Troxler and more.

This is only year three for WAF, but it's already established itself as one of the dance festival big guns. Again taking place over two days, it boasts a staggering amount of globe-conquering DJs, white-hot rising talents and a few respected undergrounders.

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Damyns Hall Aerodrome Saturday May 30 2015 - Sunday May 31 2015

Born & Bred

Critics' choice

Who’s playing? Wiley, Goldie, Zinc, Digital Mystikz, Joker, Loefah, DJ Luck & MC Neat, Oxide and Neutrino, Trojan Sound and more.

A one-day 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 in Wiley, Goldie, Zinc, Digital Mystikz and tons more. If drum 'n' bass, jungle, dubstep, garage, grime or gritty techno push your dancefloor buttons, this is an essential festival stop.

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Haggerston Park Saturday June 6 2015

Field Day

Critics' choice

Who’s playing? Ride, Caribou, Patti Smith, FKA Twigs, Mac DeMarco, Run The Jewels, Savages and more.

Since 2007 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.

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Victoria Park Saturday June 6 2015 - Sunday June 7 2015


Who’s playing? Villagers, Nadine Shah, Honeyblood, Lucy Rose, Beans On Toast, All We Are, Lisa Mitchell, Racing Glaciers, Port Isla and Misty Miller.

Compared to the rest of the city, the west London music scene sucks… right? Not necessarily – check out this nifty one-day festival, spread across five Shepherd's Bush venues that (unless you're a local) you've probably never been to. Funky Liverpudlians All We Are, raw rock duo Honeyblood and sweet indie singer Lucy Rose are highlights, but there's plenty of cool stuff throughout the Bush all day. Break out of the north/east London rut and give it a go.

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Various Shepherd's Bush venues Saturday June 13 2015

Found Festival

Critics' choice

Who’s playing? Guy Gerber, Ellen Allien, Anja Schneider, Motor City Drum Ensemble, George Fitzgerald, Alan Fitzpatrick, Genius Of Time and more.

The daytime dance party moves from east London's Haggerston Park to south London's Brockwell Park. 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 house and techno line-up.

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Brockwell Park Saturday June 13 2015

British Summer Time

Critics' choice

Who’s playing? Taylor Swift, Blur, The Strokes, The Who, Kylie and more.

For the third year running Hyde Park plays host to some of the planet’s biggest musical stars, with an upmarket festival vibe that takes in small stages, theatre and comedy, food and drink and a posh VIP area.

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Hyde Park Thursday June 18 2015 - Saturday June 27 2015

Wireless 10

Critics' choice

Who’s playing? Drake, Rita Ora, Chance The Rapper, Katy B, Public Enemy, Kid Ink, Big Sean, Black Star, Raekwon/Ghostface Killah, De La Soul, Jhene Aiko, G-Eazy, Ilovemakonnen.

Having cancelled on two previous editions of Wireless festival, Drake has a lot of making up to do. The Canadian MC was already due to headline Wireless 2015, but now he’s also been announced for this special all-dayer the weekend before.

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Finsbury Park Sunday June 28 2015


Critics' choice

Who’s playing? Drake, Avicii, David Guetta, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Labrinth, Nero, Jessie J, Clean Bandit, Duke Dumont, Joey Bada$$, Fuse ODG, Childish Gambino, Knife Party, Gorgon City, Grandmaster Flash and more.

For the second year running, Finsbury Park plays host to an eyepopping line-up of hip hop, R&B and dance music royalty. Drake’s the big Friday headliner, making up for his no-show at last year’s festival, while EDM dons Avicii and Guetta take on Saturday and Sunday nights respectively.

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Finsbury Park Friday July 3 2015 - Sunday July 5 2015

Calling Festival

Critics' choice

Who’s playing? Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Ryan Adams And The Shining, The Hives, Echo And The Bunnymen and more.

Back for a second year on Clapham Common, Calling Festival still sounds a bit like a telesales conference but packs a punch with its rock-leaning line-up. More line-up announcements are on their way soon, including the full line-up for Sunday.

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Clapham Common Saturday July 4 2015 - Sunday July 5 2015
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