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Top London music festivals

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

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.

Big summer music festivals

Come summer, London is awash with music festivals with stages popping up all over the city.

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time

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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.

Lovebox

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. 

Wireless

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.

Citadel

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. 

Meltdown

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.

Field Day

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.

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.

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.

KISSTORY on the Common

Join thousands on Streatham Common this summer for London's biggest old-school hits and top anthems multi-stage festival, KISSTORY on the Common. Featuring DJs from KISS FM and special guests, this two-day event is guaranteed to satisfy your need for live garage, R&B, hip hop, dance, house and drum'n'bass music.

Other open-air music festivals

Catch one of these music festivals in fantastic London locations, from parks to royal palaces.

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. 

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.

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.

Global 12 Festival

Find fresh sounds from global artists during the Global 12 Festival at Cargo London. Housed on the nightclub's open-air dancefloor, this one-day festival showcases emerging artists from the worlds of house, hip hop, R&B and Afrobeats. In between sets, refuel with summer cocktails and Caribbean food.

The Butterfly Effect Festival

Head to Croydon’s Lloyd Park for a day of garage, house and urban music at The Butterfly Effect Festival. Previous artists include Cooly G, DJ Luck, Shola Ama and Kele Le Roc. You can easily get to Croydon in south London by tram, train or bus.

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.

Bushstock

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.

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.

BBC Proms

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.

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