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 July

Somerset House Summer Series

  • Critics choice

What's the line-up?  Bastille, Chvrches, Clean Bandit, Franz Ferdinand, Kelis + more.

What's the crack? There’s no secret to the success of Somerset House’s annual gig series. Londoners love the venue for offering all the open-air excitement of a festival stage right in the centre of the capital, whilst artists enjoy playing to a captivated audience in a grand eighteenth-century courtyard, romantically close to the Thames. The line-up is always great – Grace Jones, Adele, Bloc Party and Amy Winehouse have all graced the stage – and this year isn’t a break from that tradition.

  1. Somerset House Strand, WC2R 1LA
  2. Thu Jul 10 – Sun Jul 20
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  • Critics choice

What's the line-up? Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Frightened Rabbit, MØ, Krafty Kuts, Young Fathers, Only Real, Blaenavon, Sivu, Childhood + more.

What's the crack? This intimate, independet festival in the quaint Surrey countryside was started by 16-year-old Lee Denny eight years ago in his back garden. The enterprising Denny has now turned it into a very respectable non-profit boutique event, attracting some great bands that lean towards indie and electro. Words-and-beats duo DLS vs SP headline this year, alongside majestic Scottish indie rockers Frightened Rabbit. Also well worth checking out: Danish pop singer MØ, Scottish trip hop trio Young Fathers and London shoegaze-pop band Childhood. A top line-up, and another masterclass in how you too could grow your own festival.

  1. Highams Hill Farm Sheepbarn Lane, CR6 9PQ
  2. Fri Jul 11 - Mon Jul 14
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  • Critics choice

What's the line-up? MIA, Chase & Status, Katy B, A$AP Rocky, Bonobo, Sub Focus, The Horrors, Scuba, Crystal Fighters, Mount Kimbie, Annie Mac, Moderat, Joey Bada$$ + more.

What's the crack? Still one of the finest boutique efforts in London, catering for cool kids and party monsters, Lovebox is back for 2014. Although it's slimmed down from three to two days as part of a new vision led by the production team behind Secret Garden Party, it should still be one of the highlights of the London summer thanks to a storming, genre-blurring line-up of DJs electronic acts and live bands.

  1. Victoria Park Victoria Park Rd, E3 5SN
  2. Fri Jul 18 - Sat Jul 19
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London really comes to life as Lovebox, Wireless and British Summer Time kick off in the capital this month


Party like you're sixteen again at Reading festival or enjoy the more chilled, homely vibe of Wilderness


This summer's festival season concludes with the likes of Bestival and Reload Festival

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