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Best London music festivals

See big names and up-and-coming talent at London's best music festivals.

If you're a music lover, you're spoilt for choice in London because the capital hosts exciting and eclectic music festivals all year round. Take your pick of London's wide-ranging festivals, featuring everything from electronic to jazz music.

Summer Series at Somerset House

Right in the centre of the city, the elegant courtyard at Somerset House plays host to an exciting lineup of emerging and established musical artists every year during its Summer Series. Past festivals have seen Amy Winehouse, Adele, Sam Smith and Everything Everything step on the iconic stage.

British Summer Time

Fans wait for the music to start at the British Summer Time music festival in Hyde Park, London
Upgrade your summer weekends at the British Summer Time music festival. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Taking place over three summer weekends, British Summer Time brings a stellar lineup of international artists to Hyde ParkPast headliners have included the Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath and Blur. During the weekdays between performances, visit Hyde Park for Open House, a programme of street food, pop-up bars, free open-air film screenings, daytime DJs and entertainment.

Wireless

Join partiers at Wireless in Finsbury Park and Crystal Palace for two weekends of big music hits from a unique mix of hot newcomers and music legends in rap, hip-hop and urban music. Past editions have seen celebrity headliners such as Stormzy, Chance The Rapper, Drake and Kendrick Lamar. 

51st Festival

Dance to the pioneers of house music and breakthrough acts of today at 51st Festival, with performers hailing from the UK, Europe and the Americas. Explore all things house with classic, afro and disco sounds filling the air.

Meltdown

Billboard showing MIA's Meltdown festival programme at the Southbank Centre in London.
A different artist curates the lineup for Meltdown at Southbank Centre. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Head to Southbank Centre to enjoy a celebration of art and music alongside the river Thames. Every year, a different top artist curates the lineup for Meltdown, and the list of past festival curators includes M.I.A., Patti Smith, Yoko Ono, David Bowie and Nile Rodgers, promising an eclectic mix of talent and events. 

Field Day

Join revellers at the Field Day festival at Victoria Park. Soak up the atmosphere in the huge outdoor space and dance along to the lineup of independent and mainstream artists.

Camden Rocks Festival

Get ready for two days of new and legendary rock and indie acts as they play across dozens of venues for Camden Rocks Festival. Catch your breath between gigs and check out Camden's famous market, filled with stalls selling band tees and tasty food.

Visions Festival

Discover breaking acts and check out more established bands at Visions Festival. The expertly curated lineup of events includes gigs at venues throughout Hackney, karaoke sessions and a friendly competition between east London’s cutest pets at the annual dog show. 

All Points East

Matt Kean from Bring Me The Horizon performing live during the All Points East Festival at Victoria Park in London
Listen to headliners and up-and-comers at All Points East. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Grab tickets to All Points East in Victoria Park. This blockbuster festival is a 10-day event, with stages set up for megastars and emerging artists over two weekends and a midweek programme of comedy, food and outdoor film screenings.

We Are FSTVL

Head to Upminster for We Are FSTVL and move to beats from the biggest names in electronic dance music. Past acts have included Basement Jaxx, Armand Van Helden and Shy FX. Treat yourself to a VIP ticket to enjoy the pamper parlour, where you can get your hair done and get glammed up in glitter makeup.

Eastern Electrics

Join the good vibes at the one-day Eastern Electrics festival, a delight for lovers of dance, techno and bass. In previous years, this popular clubbing event has taken summer fun to the next level with a pool stage for festival-goers to paddle in. 

ONBlackheath

ONBlackheath brings an impressive lineup to south London for a two-day fun-packed festival. Artists to grace the stage include Jamiroquai, UB40 and Rag'n'Bone Man. Michelin-starred chefs, workshops and kids' entertainers create a warm and relaxed atmosphere for the whole family in one of the capital's largest green spaces.

The Ends

See rising stars at The Ends, a three-day music extravaganza in Croydon’s Lloyd Park that takes place every other year. Get your reggae, grime, hip-hop and soul fix while enjoying the atmosphere and sipping on cocktails at this outdoor festival. 

South West Four

Fans wait for the next show at South West Four music festival at Clapham Common in London.
Dance to the DJs and artists at the South West Four music festival. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Catch the best of the world's electronic music scene at South West Four. For one summer weekend, some of the world's top DJs perform across multiple stages, and past festivals have boasted big names such as Alesso, Deadmau5 and Fatboy Slim.

Greenwich Music Time

Enjoy international musical legends playing against the backdrop of the magnificent Old Royal Naval College at the Greenwich Music Time festival. Past performers at this family-friendly event have included Seal, David Gray and Little Mix. 

South Facing Festival

South Facing Festival ensures the party never ends, with two weeks of outdoor concerts at the iconic Bowl amphitheatre in Crystal Palace Park. The gigs on offer span the musical spectrum, and past performers have included Dizzee Rascal and the English National Opera.

The Butterfly Effect Festival

Head to Lloyd Park in Croydon for a day of garage and house music at The Butterfly Effect Festival. Previous artists on the lineup include Cooly G, DJ Luck, Shola Ama and Kele Le Roc.

Lovebox

Head to leafy Gunnersbury Park for a two-day celebration of dance, hip-hop and pop music. Founded by British electronic music duo Groove Armada, Lovebox has seen music stars such as Duran Duran, Goldfrapp, Ed Sheeran and Snoop Dogg performing on the festival's open-air and tented stages. 

Junction 2

Find stages championing the best of techno music under canopies of leaves at Junction 2. This two-day festival combines electronic dance music with a beautiful outdoor setting in Trent Park

Mighty Hoopla

People in front of a colourful sign that says "Mighty Hoopla" at the Mighty Hoopla Music Festival in Brockwell Park, London
Bop along to the tunes at London's Mighty Hoopla music festival. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
Sing your heart out at Mighty Hoopla, an unashamedly pop-loving festival in Brockwell Park. Popular with London’s LGBTQ+ community, this festival encourages all to have fun without judgement. Enjoy glitter makeovers, lip-sync battles and drag performances.

Waterworks Festival

Feel the beat at Waterworks, an electronic music festival in Gunnersbury Park. It takes place in mid-September to see off the summer season, and the lineup is an extensive list of local and international DJs.

Citadel

See indie stars such as Bombay Bicycle Club, Ben Howard and Sigur Rós at Citadel in 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 brings international indie, pop and even flamenco music artists to the open-air stage over six summer evenings. Enjoy the music from your own picnic blanket.

Hampton Court Palace Festival

Savour 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.

Cross The Tracks Festival

Festival-goers dancing at Cross The Tracks music festival in Brockwell Park, London
Get into the groove at the Cross the Tracks music festival. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
Indulge in the perfect late-summer trifecta of music, craft beer and street food at Cross The Tracks Festival. This one-day event brings the sounds of soul, funk and jazz to south London's Brockwell Park.

Bushstock Festival

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 and big names such as Bastille, Hozier and George Ezra.

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.

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 the Harlem Gospel Choir.

BBC Proms

Night view of Royal Albert Hall during the BBC Proms in London.
Enjoy classical music at BBC Proms. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Be dazzled by the greatest classical music festival in the world as the BBC Proms bring amazing concerts to 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.

London International Ska Festival

Discover the best of the capital's ska music scene at the London International Ska Festival. The festival boasts big names in the industry, plus fringe events including tributes to the soul of Jamaica, special guest appearances and DJ sets until sunrise.

Ealing Blues Festival

Head to the leafy suburb for the annual Ealing Blues Festival. This community-run event attracts international stars on the blues circuit, alongside the best local talent. In between sets, browse stalls selling crafts and incredible food. 

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