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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 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.

Land Of Kings

Critics' choice

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.

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Various Dalston venues Sunday May 3 2015

Hear No Evil

Critics' choice

How to make the most of your Bank Holiday Sunday? You could do a lot worse than head down to the London Fields Brewery arches, the site of this fundraising festival for the Macmillan cancer support charity. Now in its second year, Hear No Evil hasn’t yet announced its music bill, but 2014’s leant towards reverb-heavy psych-rock and pop and included some of London’s best young bands. There was plenty of comedy and other fun stuff too, as well as craft beer literally on tap.

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London Fields Brewery Sunday May 24 2015

Camden Rocks

Funeral For A Friend, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead, Ginger Wildheart, Heaven's Basement, Black Spiders, Turbowolf, Lawnmower Death, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Menswear + more. A festival where you can catch loads of bands playing venues across Camden. Sound familiar? No, it's not the ill-fated Camden Crawl. This is Camden Rocks, a rawk and metal-focused twist on the concept, with over 150 bands (a mix of big names like Funeral For A Friend plus And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead, rubbing shoulders with lots of underground names) gigging across 20 venues in north London's colourful and sticky-floored rock 'n' roll wonderland.

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Various Camden venues Saturday May 30 2015

We Are FSTVL

Critics' choice

Who’s playing? Route 94, Carl Cox, Masters at Work, Dusky, Heidi, Steve Angello, Gorgon City, Hot Since 82, Loco Dice, Seth Troxler and more.

This is only year three for WAF, but it's already established itself as one of the dance festival big guns. Again taking place over two days, it boasts a staggering amount of globe-conquering DJs, white-hot rising talents and a few respected undergrounders.

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Damyns Hall Aerodrome Saturday May 30 2015 - Sunday May 31 2015

Born & Bred

Critics' choice

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.

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Haggerston Park Saturday June 6 2015

Field Day

Critics' choice

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.

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Victoria Park Saturday June 6 2015 - Sunday June 7 2015

Bushstock

Honeyblood, Lucy Rose, Beans On Toast, All We Are, Lisa Mitchell, Racing Glaciers, Port Isla, Misty Miller + more.Compared to the rest of the city, the west London music scene sucks… right? Not necessarily – check out this nifty one-day festival, spread across five Shepherd's Bush venues that (unless you're a local) you've probably never been to. Funky Liverpudlians All We Are, raw rock duo Honeyblood and sweet indie singer Lucy Rose are highlights, but there's plenty of cool stuff throughout the Bush all day. Break out of the north/east London rut and give it a go.

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Various Shepherd's Bush venues Saturday June 13 2015

Found Festival

Critics' choice

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.

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Brockwell Park Saturday June 13 2015

British Summer Time

Critics' choice

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.

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Hyde Park Thursday June 18 2015 - Saturday June 27 2015

Wireless 10

Critics' choice

Who’s playing? Drake, Rita Ora, Chance The Rapper, Katy B, Public Enemy, Kid Ink, Big Sean, Black Star, Raekwon/Ghostface Killah, De La Soul, Jhene Aiko, G-Eazy, Ilovemakonnen.

Having cancelled on two previous editions of Wireless festival, Drake has a lot of making up to do. The Canadian MC was already due to headline Wireless 2015, but now he’s also been announced for this special all-dayer the weekend before.

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Finsbury Park Sunday June 28 2015

Wireless

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 - Sunday July 5 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

Lovebox

Critics' choice

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.

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Victoria Park Friday July 17 2015 - Saturday July 18 2015

Citadel Festival

Critics' choice

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.

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Victoria Park Sunday July 19 2015

Visions Festival

Critics' choice

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.

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Various Hackney venues Saturday August 8 2015

South West Four

Critics' choice

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.

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Clapham Common Saturday August 29 2015 - Sunday August 30 2015

OnBlackheath

Critics' choice

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.

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Blackheath Saturday September 12 2015 - Sunday September 13 2015

United Festival

Critics' choice

Who’s playing? 808 State, DJ Hype, Lisa Lashes, Ratpack, Fabio and Grooverider, Slipmatt, Kenny Ken, DJ Luck and MC Neat, Pied Piper, Robert Owens, Marshall Jefferson and more.

After a storming debut last year, this one-day celebration of UK rave culture returns to shake up Finsbury Park. Over 150 hard-hitting names will be helping the crowds to rave hard and true, blasting out drum 'n' bass, techno, hardcore, garage and acid house across eight arenas.

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Finsbury Park Sunday September 13 2015

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