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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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

Camden Lock Live

Who’s playing? Stealing Sheep, The Cuban Brothers, Norman Jay MBE, Flyte.

The canalside yards and market halls of Camden Lock host a free urban music festival, with three stages of live music plus comedy, street food, ‘artisan shopping’ (us neither) and pop-up cocktail bars. Big fun in NW1.

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Camden Lock Market Friday July 10 2015 Free

Dalston Music Festival

Critics' choice

Who’s playing? The Heatwave, Daphni, DJ Pioneer, Funkineven, Livin Proof, Orquesta de la Rebelion.

This new DIY music festival brings some great sounds to venues all around Dalston on what’ll hopefully be a sunny summer Saturday. An outdoor stage and free party in Gillett Square hosts DJs including Caribbean party-starters The Heatwave, with barbecues and food stalls to help get revellers into the carnival spirit.

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Various Dalston venues Saturday July 11 2015

Somerset House Summer Series

Critics' choice

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.

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Somerset House Thursday July 9 2015 - Sunday July 19 2015
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