The top ten music festivals in London
Some of this season's best music festivals are right here in the capital
Rock titans, cutting-edge DJs, R&B superstars – wow, London's throwing one helluva' party this summer. Whatever you're looking for in a music festival line-up, be sure to find it right here in the capital with our pick of the best festivals pitching up on your doorstep.
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Line-up: Plan B, Azealia Banks, Goldfrapp, Jurassic 5
Lovebox weekender turns 11 this year. Going on last year's stellar line-up, expect the best of UK bass, the freshest underground DJs, partytastic electronic live acts, upfront rappers, camp pop divas and some of the best names the London nightlife scene has to offer.
Line-up: Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg, Nas
Wireless moves across town, having been booted out of Hyde Park for some controversies over curfew. But don't worry: the line-up is as strong as ever, and festivalgoers will be among the first to be able to poke around the newly-renamed Olympic Park.
Line-up: The XX, Poliça, Kindness, Mount Kimbie
The enigmatic and artfully moody electronic pop soundscapers host an events in beautifully unique surroundings to present their favourite artists (and menus) to take you from day into night. This London leg (the other two taking place in Lisbon and Berlin) promises to be an exciting all-dayer.
Line-up: Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox, Boys Noize, Baauer
The Clapham Common weekender returns for another weekend of classic club-flavoured dance business. 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 and trance, as well as other genres creeping in from all angles.
Line-up: Maya Jane Coles, MK B2B Lee Foss, Wolf + Lamb
This daytime dance party in Haggerston Park is organised by forward-thinking London club night Found, who have put on some great nights over the past two years. It's an early start for party-heads, 11am, but those who stagger down there after Friday's partying will be rewarded with an excellent house and techno lineup that includes refined club sounds queen Maya Jane Coles, painfully hip house duo Wolf + Lamb, electronic experimenter Floating Points, chameleonic bass producer Midland and US super producer MK going B2B with Hot Natured's Lee Foss.
Line-up: Basement Jaxx, Of Monsters And Men, Tom Odell, Jessie Ware
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 very special music line-up to live up to the setting. Luckily the Summer Series has got just that.
Line-up: Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band, Kasabian
For those about to rock… You'll need to get the Jubilee Line over to the former Olympic Park, where Hard Rock Calling is pitching up this year. The festival, along with its bratty little sister Wireless, has moved from Hyde Park due to repeated run-ins with Westminster Council.
Line-up: Peaches, Yoko Ono, Deerhoof, Igg And The Stooges
Yoko Ono curates this year's Meltdown festival held at the Southbank Centre. This summer is the event's twentieth anniversary.
Line-up: Labrinth, Maya Jane Coles, Eats Everything, Lee Foss
A solid one-day dance-focused event in northeast London, High Defintion offers some prime production talent from cutting-edge names, covering house, techno, disco, a few old school rave vibes thrown in for good measure.
Line-up: Don Letts, Congo Natty, The Orb Sound System
One Love Festival is a celebration of all things reggae and dub, created in honour of Bob Marley's famous 1978 One Love concert. Taking place over three days in an Essex aerodrome, with camping or single day tickets available, there'll be good vibes, soulful tunes and low frequency basslines aplenty.