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The best music festivals in London

Some of 2016’s top festivals take place right here in the capital

Citadel Festival

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

Somerset House Summer Series

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 by the Thames.

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The East London Fringe Festival

Critics' choice

This ambitious newcomer to the London festival scene sprawls across a whole month and half a dozen venues. The programme includes street parties and alfresco live music in Shoreditch as well as comedy, art, wellness, a pop-up cinema and a ‘fashion throwdown’. Tickets for each event are very affordable (and not in an ‘affordable housing’ sense) so book now before they’re all snapped up.

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St Leonard's Church , Shoreditch Until Sunday August 7 2016

Caught By The River Thames

Critics' choice

Offering music, literary talks and summer delights, Caught By The River Thames is a genteel new festival for the capital. Indie favourites Low and Super Furry Animals play headline sets and there’s an eclectic support bill.

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Fulham Palace , Fulham Saturday August 6 2016 - Sunday August 7 2016

Eastern Electrics

Critics' choice

Returning to the grand grounds of Hertfordshire's Hatfield House for the second year, premier dance festival Eastern Electrics has grown into an even bigger beast for 2015: the capacity of the one-day event has expanded to 12,000 people, plus the organisers have added an eighth stage and a 'ravey woodlands' area, which will no doubt delight the party-hungry hordes. The line-up includes some suitably huge names from dance music's A-list, including Seth Troxler, Eats Everything, Groove Armada, Hot Since 82, Skream and Steve Lawler. And if you want a break from all that dancing, the Electric City area is also returning to satisfy all your cabaret, fairgound and pillow fight needs.

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Hatfield House , London Saturday August 6 2016

51st State Festival

Critics' choice

Returning for a second year in Trent Park – a country house estate in Cockfosters – this one-day organised by the ever-inventive Found crew explores the roots of house music by gathering together originators of the US sound.

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Trent Park , Oakwood Saturday August 6 2016
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The best festivals in the UK

Music festivals 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