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
Get your hotpants on - this brand new day festival in Brixton will take you back to the disco era with a spin of the glitter ball. It takes place over four Brixton venues: the Ritzy, the Black Cultural archives, the Prince of Wales and Electric Brixton, not to mention an actual roller disco on Windrush square. Day & Night tickets are now sold out, but you can buy tickets for the evening that include access to the not-to-be-missed Jocelyn Brown playing with a full live band.
Line-up includes: Jocelyn Brown, Joey Negro, Crazy P Soundsystem, Bill Brewster, Ray Mang.
A giant robotic spider is descending on the capital, and it's bringing beats. Arcadia has been a highlight of Glastonbury for years, but with its fallow year coinciding with Arcadia's 10th anniversary, this pyrotechnic theatre gig extravaganza is coming to celebrate in the Olympic Park instead. Expect circus acts wheeling around an enormous hydraulic arachnid, made out of recycled ex-military scrap metal and spurting fireballs. But if it all sounds a bit steampunk Cirque de Soleil, be assured the electronic music they've got lined up will render it suitably banging.
Line-up includes: Leftfield, Rudimental, Sven Vath, Dusky, Noisia, Boyz Noize.
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.
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 via Upminster 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.
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.
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.
Line-up includes Godflesh, Circle, Snapped Ankles, Mirrored Lip, Housewives and Acid Cannibals.