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The best music festivals in London

The cream of 2018's music festivals are based right here in London

Citadel Festival

Leave the tents and wellies at home... every summer, the cream of the music world comes to our home town, meaning a huge load of world-class festivals only a tube ride away. 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 2018

All Points East

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It’s easy to label this brand spanking new ten-day programme (taking place in east London’s Victoria Park) a festival – but that’s to do it a disservice, as it’s a whole lot more. But let’s start with that side of things. A three-day festival (May 25-27) is a big part of the action, with three jaw-dropping names acting as headliners: Björk, LCD Soundsystem and The xx. Boom. Then there’s the All Points East Presents series (June 1-3) – three one-day concerts led by three different acts: Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, The National and Catfish And The Bottlemen. In between there are four days of community-driven entertainment on the site, with comedy, film screenings, street food and much more. Those four days are free to enter, with some ticketed events inside. All in all then, a pretty epic event. We’re sold. Line-up includes: Björk, LCD Soundsystem, The xx, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, The National and Catfish And The Bottlemen, Beck, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lorde, Flying Lotus, Sampha, Father John Misty, Glass Animals Richie Hawtin, Dixon George Fitzgerald.

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Victoria Park , South Hackney Friday May 25 2018 - Sunday June 3 2018

We Are FSTVL

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Over the last five years We Are FSTVL has established itself as one of the seriously big guns among the new generation of dance festivals. It’s not technically in London (okay, it’s in Essex), but is still a firm favourite with Londoners, seeing as you can get there on the tube. Big-name dance behemoths and equally big production values are key to the WAF experience. House and techno of all shapes and sizes are the main ingredients here, but you’ll also find, grime, garage and bassier flavours too. Showstopping headliners include Andy C, Carl Cox, DJ EZ and Eric Prydz, and underground sounds come from the likes of Ben Klock and Heidi, with many more to be announced. Line-up includes: Andy C, Jamie Jones, DJ EZ, Carl Cox, Eric Prydz, Gorgon City, Seth Troxler, Marco Carola, MK, Pendulum, Amelie Lens, Sub Focus, Sigma, Ben Klock, Heidi, Bicep, Denis Sulta, Danny Tenaglia.

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Damyns Hall Aerodrome , Corbets Tey Friday May 25 2018 - Sunday May 27 2018
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Raw Power

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The super-psychedelic Raw Power festival has become a regular fixture in the London calendar, returning to genteel Tufnell Park in 2018 for three more days of loud fun centered around tripped-out sounds of all kinds, from drone to noise to ambient to starry-eyed, fuzz-drenched jam sessions. Acts this time around include Godflesh, Circle, Snapped Ankles, Mirrored Lip, Housewives and Acid Cannibals.

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The Dome , Tufnell Park Friday May 25 2018 - Sunday May 27 2018

Steel Yard London

This successful offshoot from Creamfields returns for the third year to London, this time heading north to Finsbury Park, which seems to almost single-handedly hosting London’s festivals this year. Once again, it’s all about the seriously big-name dance artists, with the headliners for the two-day event announced as trance act Above & Beyond on the Saturday, and globe-conquering DJ Tiësto on the Sunday. The trademark ‘Steel Yard’ superstructure will also be back, providing a kind of rave palace for the many beat-hungry revellers.

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Finsbury Park , Brownswood Park Saturday May 26 2018 - Sunday May 27 2018
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Gala

This May bank holiday gathering has a big focus on street food and craft beer alongside the DJ-driven artists line-up – beats and eats, as it were. For 2018 it’s moving from Brockwell Park, but still staying very much in south London, relocating a short hop away in Peckham Rye Park. The musical roster is still under wraps, but considering that last year saw some very appealing house, disco, funk and other grooves thrown around by the likes of Paradise Garage, Horse Meat Disco, Honey Soundsystem and Late Night Tuff Guy, it’s safe to assume that 2018 will showcase some similarly on-point sounds. In terms of the food, there’ll be plenty to sink your teeth into as well as oodles of luscious craft beer.

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Peckham Rye Park , Peckham Rye Sunday May 27 2018
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The best festivals in the UK

Music festivals calendar 2018

Whether you’re after a city weekender or fields full of fun, our 2018 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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Nataly M

Very interesting photo. It is shocking and beautiful. fixthephoto.com Festivals are cool!