The best music festivals in London

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

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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Music, Music festivals
Kaleidoscope Festival
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The mighty Alexandra Palace has a lot of strings to its cultural bow, and this year it’s adding another in the form of Kaleidoscope, a new one-day music and arts festival. We’re promised a ‘world where music, performance, theatre and comedy embrace in a collision of beautiful noise, brilliant ideas and brazen colour.’ It also sounds like a pretty experiential affair, as revellers will be able to wander around hidden nooks and crannies and generally have a good old explore. This is the first time in 30 years that the park and palace have been open for a festival, and there’ll also be spaces opened up that haven’t been available to the public before.
Line-up includes The Flaming Lips, Ghostpoet, Mystery Jets, The Go! Team, Beth Orton, Dr John Cooper Clarke, Katherine Ryan, Mark Watson.
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51st State Festival
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Music, Dance and electronic
51st State Festival
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This is one for the old school house heads. Returning for a fourth year in Trent Park – a country house estate in Cockfosters – this one-day festival honours all the wonderful varieties of house music across multiple stages hosted by top soundsystems and club nights. The organisers have also said that they’re improving the site, going bigger on the production values and bringing in more street food traders.
Line-up includes Masters at Work, Derrick May, Todd Terry, Body & Soul, Dimitri from Paris, John Morales. 
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Eastern Electrics
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Eastern Electrics
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Premier dance festival Eastern Electrics returns to Morden Park in 2018 for some more southern-shaped electrics. The event moved there in 2017 after a few years in rural Hertfordshire, but managed to retain its multiple stages and world-class DJ roster. This year’s line-up should be just as enticing, judging by the stage partner announcements so far: Skream, Eats Everything, Ministry of Sound, Defected and Tropical Tea Party will all be hosting stages. Watch this space for the artist line-up, which should be just as stellar. Last year’s event also featured non-musical shenanigans, such as a fairground, pillow fights and cabaret, so expect similar eccentric fun this time around.
Line-up includes Jamie Jones, Patrick Topping, Claude Von Stroke, Eats Everything, Skream.
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Art’s House Festival
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Ever-inventive DJ Artwork takes his Art’s House party – which began in his own home, a good few years ago – to the next level, by making a whole darn one-day festival out of it. Taking place between Bow and Stratford, Arthur has only invited one guest – and that is the saintly DJ Harvey. And, of course, there will also be street food, good booze and various entertainment. If anyone knows how to throw a party, it’s Artwork.
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Elrow
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Elrow Town
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Last year, clubbing outfit Elrow made a weekend of it in London, unleashing the full power of their day-glo, glitter-cannon, super-fun approach to raving on the capital. Elrow Town returns this year, and one day is already sold out, so get in quick for Sunday tickets. Embrace your inner child and raid the fancy dress box; the theme this year is ‘Psychedelic Trip’. Better pack your shades too: even if the sun isn’t shining, this is going to be BRIGHT. 
Line-up includes Fat Boy Slim, Paul Kalkbrenner, Richy Ahmed, Steve Lawler. 
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Music, Dance and electronic
South West Four
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The mighty SW4 – Clapham Common’s bank holiday dance music explosion – returns for another weekend of big drops, club anthems and arms in the air. If you’re longing for superstar DJs but can’t afford Ibiza and are loath to spend the last days of summer in a dark room, head to SW4 for your fix of big-room house, EDM, electro, techno and trance, as well as other genres creeping in from all angles. As ever, the line-up is teeming with globe-conquering names, the first few of which to be announced include Armin Van Buren, Dizzee Rascal, Marshmello, Chase & Status, Craig David, Andy C... Watch this space, there’ll be plenty more to come. Fair warning: tickets usually sell out ahead of time, so get in there quick if you want in.

Line-up includes Armin Van Buuren, Dizzee Rascal, DJ EZ, My Nu Leng, Marshmello, Chase & Status, Craig David, Nadia Rose, Andy C.
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