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Music festivals calendar: September

This summer’s festival season concludes with Bestival, Festival No 6 and more biggies

September is the last hurrah for the London and UK summer festival season, but before the summer ends there’s time for a few more big events: Bestival hits the Isle of Wight and London welcomes OnBlackheath. Check out what else September 2016 has to offer with our comprehensive festival calendar.

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UK music festivals in September 2016


Big names make a habit of leading the charge of Rob da Bank’s band of misfits

Isle of Wight’s more colourful festival offers the best party vibe this side of Glastonbury. Tacked onto the tail end of the festival season, Bestival promises four days of live music and premier­league DJs, plus lots of fancy dress thanks to their yearly changing theme (this year it’s ‘the future’). Revellers can also enjoy some anarchic fun at the carnival of small stages, or visit the inflatable church for a quickie festival marriage (not legally binding, gladly).

Line­-up includes: The Cure, Major Lazer, Hot Chip, Animal Collective, Bastille, Skepta, Wolf Alice, Years & Years.

Newport, Isle of Wight. September 8–11.

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London music festivals in September 2016


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It was a hotspot for highwaymen, a suburban oasis for wildlife, a dumping ground for rubble after World War II, and home to England’s first golf course. There’s plenty of history on Blackheath, but it wasn’t until 2014 that this expanse of common ground in south-east London hosted its first festival. OnBlackheath returns this weekend for a second year, once again bringing together the worlds of music and food for some end-of-the-season festival action. As well as a few safe bets in the headline slots, the side stages (booked in past years by Gilles Peterson and Heavenly Recordings) always offer some interesting musical diversions. But there’s plenty to do above and beyond the live acts: craft beer from the local Meantime Brewing Company, a food village where you can see pro cooks in action, and family fun of all varieties. Check back soon for news of the full OnBlackheath line-up.

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

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By: Time Out London Music