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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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Visions Festival

Critics' choice

Who’s playing? Fat White Family, Toy, The Antlers, Andy Stott, Hinds, Ceremony, Son Lux, Peaking Lights, Luke Abbott, Torn Hawk, Girl Band, Jones and more.

For the third consecutive year, Visions brings Hackney some musical fun this summer. The promoters have earned their reputation for booking great underground artists and this year is no different.

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Various Hackney venues Saturday August 8 2015

Canary Wharf Jazz Festival

Critics' choice

Who’s playing? Eska, Sons Of Kemet, Yazz Ahmed, Neil Cowley Trio and more.

Do you like free jazz? No, not that kind of free jazz – we mean the opportunity to catch some of London’s best and most envelope-pushing jazz acts live, gratis.

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Canada Square Park Friday August 14 2015 - Sunday August 16 2015 Free


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 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 Saturday September 12 2015
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