The best music festivals in London
Some of 2014's top festivals take place here in the capital
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.
Music festivals in the capital this August
- Critics choice
What's the line-up? Poliça, Andrew WK, Baths, Young Fathers, The Range, Eagulls, Fat White Family, Perfect Pussy, Jacco Gardner, Arabrot, Sean Nicholas Savage, Josef Salvat, Rainer + more.
What's the crack? After a storming (and scorching) first year, hip one-day festival Visions returns to Hackney for more fun in the August sun. Across four intimate venues in the vicinity of London Fields, Visions presents musicians including two big headliners: hard-partying pop-punk Andrew WK and Minneapolis trip hop brooders Poliça. Also well worth the (ludicrously cheap) price of admission: Edinburgh hip hop trio Young Fathers, Leeds's gloomy post-punks Eagulls, London filth-punk badasses Fat White Family and New York's newest noise-pop notables Perfect Pussy. Oh, and of course there's non-musical stuff too: a comic and zine showcase, a 'fantasy music shop' art installation, a tattoo art exhibition, and a market featuring food by Lucky Chip and Breddo's Taco Shack, vintage clothing, and new designers selling clothes and jewellery and accessories.
- Critics choice
What's the line-up? Neutral Milk Hotel, James Blake, Caribou, Deafheaven, Pissed Jeans, Earth, Darkside, Thee Oh Sees + more.
What's the crack? ATP, Pitchfork and Primavera Sound have joined forces to put on Jabberwocky, a new two-day festival with a stellar line-up that could well be one of the highlights of the London summer. So far the bill includes a headline set by indie rock royalty Neutral Milk Hotel, alongside top-drawer electronic music from James Blake, Caribou, Vatican Shadow, Kode9, Darkside and I Break Horses; metal from Deafheaven, Earth, Electric Wizard and Jesu; punk by Pissed Jeans, Iceage and Metz; and more assorted brilliance by acts including psychedelic combo Hookworms, Californian freak-rockers Thee Oh Sees and young shoegaze-pop stars Joanna Gruesome. All this plus film and food – and for a very reasonable £35 for a one-day ticket – mean this one's worth booking well in advance for.
What's the line-up? Deadmau5, Skream, Above & Beyond, Maceo Plex, Netsky, Marco Carola, Alesso, Jamie Jones, Magda, Sasha, Super8 & Tab + more TBA.
What's the crack? The Clapham Common weekender returns for another weekend of classic club-flavoured dance business, overflowing with anthems and arms in the air. If you're longing for superclub sounds but loath to spend the last days of hot summer in a dark, sweaty room, head to SW4 for your fix of house, electro, techno and trance, as well as other genres creeping in from all angles. Clubbing veterans reunite to raise those hands and gurn on Clapham Common.
- Critics choice
What's the line-up? Acid Mothers Temple, Clinic, AKDK, Teeth Of The Sea, The Oscillation, Thought Forms + more.
What's the crack? Tufnell Park may seem cosy enough, but come August it's going to be the site for three days of mind-melting psychedelic madness. Raw Power is a three-day festival by trippy musical experts Baba Yaga's Hut, and features some legends of the genre (Acid Mothers Temple and Clinic playing headline sets, for starters) alongside younger acts specialising in lysergic grooves.
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