Music festival-goers are spoilt for choice in London, as the capital hosts exciting and eclectic music festivals all year round. Take your pick of London's wide-ranging festivals below, featuring everything from electronic to jazz music.
Central London summer music festivals
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time
Held over two weekends in summer, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time brings a stellar lineup of international artists to Hyde Park. Past headliners have included the Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath and Blur. In the week between performances, come and enjoy open-air film screenings, street food, daytime DJs, pop-up bars and entertainment.
Head to Southbank Centre and enjoy a nine-day celebration of arts and music overlooking the Thames. Meltdown is curated every year by top music artists. Past festival curators have included M.I.A, Patti Smith, Yoko Ono, David Bowie and David Byrne. Getting up out of your seat for a boogie is definitely encouraged.
Summer Series at Somerset House
The splendid Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court at Somerset House plays host every year to an exciting lineup of emerging and established musical artists right in the centre of the city during its Summer Series. Past years have seen Amy Winehouse, Adele, Sam Smith and Everything Everything step on the iconic festival's stage.
North London summer music festivals
Join revellers at Wireless in north London's Finsbury Park for three days of big music hits from a unique mix of hot newcomers and urban music legends. Past editions have seen celebrity headliners such as Depeche Mode, Jay Z, The Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake and Rihanna.
51st State Festival
Dance to the pioneers of house music and breakthrough acts of today at 51st State Festival, with performers hailing from the US, UK, Caribbean and Europe. Explore all things house with classic, afro and disco sounds filling the dance floor.
Join the cool kids for the popular Field Day festival in Meridian Water, a former gas works site next to Tottenham Marshes in north London. Soak up sun rays in the huge outdoor space before moving into four interconnected warehouses for music from a mix of independent and mainstream artists. Be ready to dance until the early hours.
Camden Rocks Festival
East London summer music festivals
All Points East
Grab tickets for one of the biggest newcomers to London's music festival calendar: All Points East. Held in Victoria Park, this 10-day event begins with a three-day music festival featuring megastars and emerging artists. Then, enjoy a midweek programme of comedy, food and outdoor cinema showings, before the next wave of headliners perform on the final three nights.
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Maiden Voyage Festival
South London summer music festivals
Set in Morden in south London, the two-day Eastern Festival brings good vibes to all dance lovers with a techno and bass line-up. Several stages await, with Goldie and Mat Jam Lamont amongst the acts this year. Pack your swimming gear, the popular clubbing event has gone over the top and created a pool stage for you to paddle in.
South West Four
Catch the best of the world's electronic music scene at South West Four on Clapham Common. For one summer weekend, some of the world's top DJs perform across 10 stages. Past festivals have boasted big names such as Alesso, Deadmau5 and Fatboy Slim.
OnBlackheath brings an impressive line up to South London for a two-day fun-packed family festival. Recent performances showcase no less than from Jamiroquai, Rag'n'Bone Man and UB40. Michelin-starred chefs, workshops and kids' entertainers help create a warm and relaxed atmosphere for the whole family in one of the capital's greenest spots.
Greenwich Music Time
Enjoy international musical legends playing against the backdrop of the magnificent Old Royal Naval College, overlooking the river Thames, at the Greenwich Music Time festival. Past performers at this family-friendly event have included Seal, David Gray and Little Mix.
The Butterfly Effect Festival
West London summer music festivals
Head to west London's leafy Gunnersbury Park for a two-day celebration of dance, hip hop and pop music. Lovebox festival was founded by British electronic music duo Groove Armada in 2002, and has since seen music stars such as Duran Duran, Goldfrapp, Ed Sheeran and Snoop Dogg walking its many open-air and tented stages.
See indie stars following in the footsteps of Bombay Bicycle Club, Ben Howard and Sigur Rós at Citadel in west London's Gunnersbury Park. This unique one-day festival also hosts talks by an eclectic array of speakers during the day, as well as soothing yoga sessions.
Kew the Music
Enter the haven of Kew Gardens as Kew the Music festival brings international indie, pop and even flamenco music artists to the open-air stage over five summer evenings. Bring your own picnic and blanket and soak up the atmosphere.
Hampton Court Palace Festival
Soak up the historic atmosphere during a summer night of music at Hampton Court Palace Festival. Music stars such as Elton John, Andrea Bocelli and Van Morrison have all performed in the royal palace's stunning courtyards. Enjoy a picnic in The Palace Gardens and grab a glass of champagne before the show.
Discover emerging artists at Bushstock festival during a day of live music across various venues in Shepherd's Bush, including unusual spots such as intimate wine bars and a church. Catch the best up-and-coming talent on the international music scene, which have previously included big names such as Bastille, Hozier and George Ezra.
Free music festivals
Catching great music in London doesn't have to cost a thing. Take a look at some of the free music festivals happening around the city.
Walthamstow Garden Party
Celebrate Waltham Forest's creative community with Walthamstow Garden Party, a free festival of music, theatre, crafts and family activities run by the Barbican and Create London. Gigs, film screenings and performances showcase the area's local talent over two fun-filled days.
Crystal Palace Festival
Enjoy great food, music and arts as the Crystal Palace Festival returns to Crystal Palace Park with an array of exciting free entertainment. This family-friendly feast showcases south London's local artists and musicians, as well as arts and crafts from all over the world.
Lambeth Country Show
Get a taste of rural fun as the Lambeth Country Show returns to Brockwell Park. Catch sheepdog and owl displays, homegrown flower and vegetable competitions, and cool craft stalls, before tucking into some delicious organic food while the best live afrobeat, ska, reggae and folk music performers keep you entertained.
Specialist London music festivals
Love blues, jazz, classical or SKA music? There's a festival for nearly every style of music – take a look at some of London's best specialist music festivals.
EFG London Jazz Festival
Enjoy up-and-coming artists and world-class musicians as the EFG London Jazz Festival takes over London with a host of concerts scattered around the city. International jazz stars such as Paolo Conte, Abdullah Ibrahim and Hugh Masekela have featured in the past, alongside Harlem Gospel Choir.
London International SKA Festival
Discover the best of the capital's ska music scene with the London International SKA Festival. Taking place across several London venues, the festival boasts big names in the industry, plus fringe events including street ska orchestras, film screenings and DJ sets.
Ealing Blues Festival
Be dazzled by the greatest classical music festival in the world as the BBC Proms bring amazing concerts to the Royal Albert Hall and other venues in the capital. Enjoy two months of brilliant performances at affordable prices with this British institution, and don't miss the BBC Proms in the Park's grand finale in Hyde Park.