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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

Raw Power

Critics' choice

Raw Power festival is starting to become a regular fixture in the London calendar, returning to genteel Tufnell Park for three more days of loud psychedelic fun. Acts this time around include Melt-Banana, Teeth Of The Sea, ace Latin American krautrockers Follakzoid and the impeccably named Sly & The Family Drone.

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The Dome , Tufnell Park Friday May 27 2016 - Sunday May 29 2016

We Are FSTVL

Critics' choice

Over the last three years WAF has established itself as one of the big guns among the new generation of dance festivals. Returning to London (well, Essex, but it’s on the tube) for two more days this summer, it boasts another heavyweight line-up of globe-conquering DJs, hot rising talents and respected undergrounders.

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Damyns Hall Aerodrome , Corbets Tey Saturday May 28 2016 - Sunday May 29 2016

Gala

Eating out is the new going out for many a Londoner, so it’s no surprise that this new May bank holiday gathering in Brockwell Park is as much a food event as a music festival. Chefs, restaurants, bars and breweries from all points south of the river will be serving up the goodies, with DJs and live acts including Nightmares On Wax and Norman Jay MBE helping you dance those calories right back off. There are also traditional fete-style fun and games and the whole thing’s sponsored by Aperol, so expect spritzes galore.

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Brockwell Park , Herne Hill Sunday May 29 2016

Camden Rocks

The Camden Crawl is long gone (RIP) but there’s still a festival where you can catch loads of bands turning it up to 11 across north London’s sticky-floored rock ’n’ roll wonderland. Camden Rocks is a newish hard rock and metal festival which brings more than 200 bands (a mix of big names and underground talent) to 20 venues around NW1. This year’s line-up includes The Cribs, Sikth, Escape The Fate, Billy Bragg, We Are The Ocean, Carl Barât & The Jackals and Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind.

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Various venues , London Saturday June 4 2016

Junction 2

Calling all techno heads: here’s a new one-day festival that should push your party buttons, hard. Junction 2 is a meeting of some pretty serious minds (London Warehouse Events, The Hydra and Adam Beyer’s Drumcode label) and takes place in a bucolic-sounding secret location in Zone 4. The initial line-up includes Âme, Dixon, Marcel Dettmann and Adam Beyer himself – check back soon for more names.

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Boston Manor Park , Brentford Saturday June 4 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

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