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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


Elbow frontman Guy Garvey curates the Southbank Centre’s annual music and arts festival this year, with performances by I Am Kloot, Femi Kuti, Robert Plant and many more.

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By: James Manning

British Summer Time: Massive Attack

Critics' choice

Back in Hyde Park for another season, the British Summer Time series has already snagged Take That, Florence + The Machine and  Mumford & Sons. Now Massive Attack have joined the bill, headlining an eclectic day that also includes Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers, Warpaint, TV On The Radio, Ghostpoet and a rock ’n’ roll veteran on top form – Patti Smith. Cancel that holiday: you don’t want to miss this one.

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Hyde Park , Kensington Friday July 1 2016

British Summer Time: Florence + The Machine

Critics' choice

The mighty Florence + The Machine headline the BST gig series in Hyde Park, promising a blinder of a show under the London summer sky. Big-league support acts include Jamie XX, Blood Orange and – we’re stupidly excited for this one – Kendrick Lamar, playing his first London date since 2015’s incredible ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ album. Huge, basically.

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Hyde Park , Kensington Saturday July 2 2016

British Summer Time: Carole King

Carole King’s 1971 album ‘Tapestry’ is one of the best-selling records of all time. If you’ve got a much-loved copy knocking around at home then don’t miss this chance to hear King perform it live for the very first time as part of the BST festival in Hyde Park. Support acts include Don Henley and King’s daughter Louise Goffin.

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Hyde Park , Kensington Sunday July 3 2016

British Summer Time: Mumford & Sons

Critics' choice

Marcus Mumford’s travelling band head on home for a massive Hyde Park show at the British Summer Time festival, with a support bill that includes incendiary rockers Wolf Alice and cool alt soul band Alabama Shakes.

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Hyde Park , Kensington Friday July 8 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