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Music festivals calendar: July

The capital comes to life this July as Lovebox and Wireless bring the party to London's parks

Find a summer festival in the UK or London in July 2016 with our handy music festivals calendar. This is prime time for summer parties, with plenty of choice whether you like your festival action in the city or the countryside. Hit London heavyweights Lovebox and British Summer Time or go for rural bliss at Secret Garden Party or Womad. Just remember to hold back enough energy for upcoming summer festivals in August and September

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UK music festivals in July 2016

Love Supreme

A very civilised weekend of jazz and more

Love Supreme specialises in jazz, funk, blues and soul, with a bit of extra pop power when it comes to the headliners. The lush and laid-back setting in the grounds of an Elizabethan manor house sets the tone at this genteel weekender, but if you’re after a late-evening pick-me-up then look out for the electronic artists that also pepper the line-up.

Line-up includes: Grace Jones, Burt Bacharach, Lianne
La Havas, Caro Emerald, Kelis, Kamasi Washington, Gogo Penguin, Average White Band.

Glynde Place, East Sussex. July 1-3.

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A cool house party-themed mini-festival

Blissfields started life as a one­off party in 2001, so it’s fitting that this year’s theme is a salad­bowl­punch, head­in­the­loo­style house party. Organisers promise a journey from ‘the soul basement of Animal House to a gunging at Noel Edmonds’ – sounds great, as long as we don’t have to help clean up after. Acts run from pop and rap to indie and D&B, and tickets nudge just over the very reasonable £100 mark: bonkers.

Line­-up includes: Dizzee Rascal, Everything Everything, Roni Size & Dynamite MC, Sundara Karma, Jones Dub Pistols, Molotov Jukebox, Beans On Toast.

Vicarage Farm, Winchester. July 1-2.

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Secret Garden Party

A hedonistic wooded wonderland in the Cambridgeshire countryside 

Nestled in plush green surroundings, Secret Garden Party is the undisputed home of hippy hedonism on the UK festival scene. ‘Spectacular’ comes as standard: bands, DJs and artists are tucked into every playable space around the site including treehouses, islands, and yurts. SGP is known for being a woodland fairytale, but this year’s theme: ‘The Gardener’s Guide To The Galaxy’ will give the site a galactic twist (with the usual mud­wrestling rings and theatre workshops thrown in for good measure). Secret Garden Party is perfect for any weekend warriors wanting to indulge every whim of their folkloric fantasies. Not that you’ll remember most of it.

Line­-up includes: Air, Caribou, Primal Scream, The Temper Trap, Submotion Orchestra, Field Music, Rae Morris, Swim Deep.

Mill Hill Field, Cambridgeshire. July 21-24.

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T in The Park

One of Scotland’s crowning glories (sorry, Irn Bru)

Scotland’s biggest outdoor festival returns for its 22 year, and its second in its new home at Strathallan. T in The Park has become a rite of passage for new acts and a site for glorious returns by major rock outfits. The Stone Roses will be leading this year’s line­up, standing shoulder­ to­ shoulder with more big­name dance acts and chart­topping pop and rock artists. Great if you love warm beer and chanting crowds, bad if you fancy a civilised weekend.

Line­-up includes: The Stone Roses, Disclosure, The 1975, The Courteeners.

Strathallan Castle, Perthshire, Scotland. July 8-10.

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Truck Festival

A small fest with a big line-up for a reasonable price

Petrolheads take note: if you’re after monster trucks, you’re out of luck. Nestled in the Oxfordshire countryside, this intimate festival couldn’t be further away from the world of ten-foot tyres (unless they’re on tractors). Truckfest offers a boutique festival experience for well under the £100 mark with some big names present, although this year’s line-up is a bit of a sausagefest thus far.

Line-up includes: Manic Street Preachers, Everything
Everything, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Circa Waves, Jack Savoretti, Young Fathers, Rat Boy, We Are The Ocean.

Hill Farm, Oxfordshire. July 15-17.

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London music festivals in July 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: 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

British Summer Time: Take That

Critics' choice

The multiplatinum man band are now reduced to a three-piece, but staff shortages won't stop Gary Barlow OBE, Howard Donald and Mark Owen from tugging at Hyde Park’s heartstrings (and earning a fair whack too) as they headline a huge date as part of the British Summer Time festival.

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Hyde Park , Kensington Saturday July 9 2016


Critics' choice

For the third year running, Finsbury Park plays host to an eyepopping line-up of hip hop, R&B and dance music royalty. Calvin Harris is the big Friday headliner, while London drum 'n' bass duo Chase & Status and superstars of the grime scene, Boy Better Know, take on Saturday and Sunday nights respectively.  

Line-up includes: Calvin Harris, Chase & Status, J Cole, Boy Better Know, Miguel, Kygo, The 1975, Future, Jess Glynne.

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Finsbury Park , Brownswood Park Friday July 8 2016 - Sunday July 10 2016


This new one-day festival comes from the teams behind ace London nightspots Phonox, The Nest and XOYO, plus equally ace Croatian festivals Dimensions and Outlook, and it comes in two legs: a day of raving in Brockwell Park, followed by eight eclectic afterparties across south London with no extra tickets needed.

Line-up includes: Goldie, Ben Klock, Jamie XX, Omar S, Om Unit, Shackleton, Benji B, Hunee.

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Brockwell Park , Herne Hill Saturday July 9 2016
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Music festival competitions

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By: Time Out London Music


Bobbi E
Bobbi E

   The Sugar Grove Corn Boil in Sugar Grove, Illinois opens at 4 pm on Friday, July 25th and runs through Sunday, July 27th.  Admission is free.  It is a community festival featuring bands, a carnival, food vendors, craft fair, entertainment for children, bingo and much more.  Fireworks are on Saturday night.  

Bands are as follows:   

     On Friday, July 25, the Duke Band performs at 6 pm followed by Red Woody at 7:30 pm and Libido Funk Circus at 9:30 pm.

     On Saturday, July 26, Generations performs at 3:30 pm followed by Humphrey & McKeown at 5 pm, Rockstar Rodeo at 6:30 pm and Lounge Puppets at 8:30 pm.

On Sunday, July 27, 4th Point performs at 1:30 pm followed by Citizen Way at 3 pm and Mikeschair at 4 pm.

For more information please visit www.sugargrovecornboil.org.

Ginnie Smith
Ginnie Smith

Actually, looking again, it a shame that the festival list is not more exhaustive. It is much too limited to the big commercial outfits. What about the local ones? Is there more information on the way? TIME OUT used to be famous for its listings - what is happening? Who took it over? It makes it far less authoritative, and far less interesting. Just another tourist mag in fact.

Ginnie Smith
Ginnie Smith

Pretty good, but what about the LOVE SUPREME festival near Brighton July 5th-7th? Admittedly it is new this year! Features Terence Blanchard, Chic with Niles Rodger, Esmeralda Spalding, Melanie Gardot, etc. (Jazz and soul)