You lucky Londoner: you don’t need a tent or even a pair of wellies to get the full 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 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.
Who’s playing? The 2 Bears, Psychemagik, Tom Vek, Waze & Odyssey, Nathan Fake, Koreless, Krankbrother and more.
The celebrated, multi-venue Dalston mini-fest returns for another one-day extravaganza, showcasing some of the finest, hippest alternative sounds around. There are also hidden loft parties, label showcases, film screenings, interactive art and immersive theatre.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Who’s playing? Chromeo, Gary Clark Jr, Passenger, Chronixx, George Ezra, Nick Mulvey, Angus And Julia Stone, James Bay, Kwabs, Belle And Sebastian and Jessie J.
The gorgeous eighteenth-century courtyard of Somerset House hosts another of its annual summer gig series. With neoclassical beauty on all four sides it takes a special music line-up to live up to the setting, but luckily the Summer Series has got just that.
Who’s playing? Snoop Dogg, Rudimental, Hot Chip, Jessie Ware, Little Dragon, Mark Ronson, Annie Mac, Cypress Hill, Flume, Flight Facilities and more.
Still one of the finest boutique efforts in London, catering for cool kids and party monsters, Lovebox returns for its second year as a two-dayer. As usual, it should be one of the highlights of the London summer thanks to a storming, genre-blurring line-up of DJs electronic acts and live bands, plus all sorts of weird fun on the side (performance, art, dance, and mysterious mischief) and a full range of banging after parties.Read more
Who’s playing? Ben Howard, Bombay Bicycle Club, Kurt Vile And The Violators, Andreya Triana, Anna Calvi, Dan Croll, Ibibio Sound Machine and more.
If we’re being honest, Sundays at a festival are usually a bit of a damp squib. After days of abuse, both your inflatable mattress and soul are dangerously deflated. Going to a festival on a Sunday all fresh and rested, on the other hand, sounds a lot more appealing – especially if it’s tailor-made for the day of rest.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more