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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

South West Four


The mighty SW4 – Clapham Common’s bank holiday dance music explosion – returns for another weekend of big drops, club anthems and arms in the air. The names that SW4 pulls in include some of the biggest DJs and live dance acts on the planet – including block-rocking heroes The Chemical Brothers, the first headliners announced.

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Clapham Common , Clapham Saturday August 27 2016 - Sunday August 28 2016

Madness presents House of Common


Suggs’s Nutty Boys are north London to the core, but on bank holiday Monday they’re taking over Clapham Common for a one-day festival of skanking hits. As well as a headline set by Madness themselves you’ll catch Jamaican ska legend Toots Hibbert and his long-serving band The Maytals, and DJ sets by the nation’s two funkiest MBEs: David Rodigan and Norman Jay.

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Clapham Common , Clapham Monday August 29 2016

One Love Festival


Keeping that Bob Marley flame alive in the London suburbs, One Love Festival is a celebration of all things reggae and dub in honour of the great man's famous 1978 One Love concert. This year it takes place over three days at a new site in outer London, not far from the tube. Camping and single day tickets are available and good vibes, soulful tunes and low-frequency basslines abound: the 2016 line-up includes Lee Scratch Perry, Junior Reid, Half Pint, Big Youth and Max Romeo.

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Hainault Forest , Hainault Friday September 2 2016 - Sunday September 4 2016



OnBlackheath returns for a third year in south-east London, once again bringing together the worlds of music and food for some end-of-the-season festival action.

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Blackheath , Blackheath Saturday September 10 2016 - Sunday September 11 2016

Moondance Festival


Prolific promoters Found throw their last big bash of the season, teaming up with seasoned London rave promoters Moondance to bring a huge line-up of DJs and live acts to shake up the Olympic Park and help the crowds rave hard and true. The bill mixes new and old talent drawn from house, acid, UK garage and jungle: Todd Terry, Joey Beltram, Altern8, A Guy Called Gerald, Oxide & Neutrino, Slipmatt and lots more.

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park , Stratford Sunday September 18 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