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36 best London music festivals in 2024

See big names and up-and-coming talent at London's best music festivals.
A girl in a rainbow shirt and man in a blue hoodie DJ in a tent in front of large audience
Behind the DJ decks at City Splash. Credit: Eljay Briss.

Music lovers are spoilt for choice with exciting and eclectic London music festivals taking place year-round. Pick from a wide range of summer festivals or day festivals in London, featuring everything from electronic to jazz music. 

Summer is a particularly great time to experience music festivals in London, with Royal Parks and other incredible outdoor venues playing host to the biggest names in the industry. Feel the beat and party under the summer sun 'til sunset and beyond at the best summer music festivals in the capital.

1. Live at the Palace

Absorb the good vibes and iconic sounds at Live at the Palace, with past headline acts including UB40, Emeli Sande and Groove Armada paired with historic surroundings that make it one that can't be missed. May TBC

2. Project 6 Festival

Crowds throwing their hands up in the air and singing along while the artist sings in the crowd

Get ready for a day to remember at Project 6 Festival from Rinse FM, featuring sounds of garage, grime, house and jungle. Venture to Brockwell Park and enjoy a mix of big names and emerging artists including CASISDEAD, Shy FX and Katy B. 24 May

3. GALA

Head south to Peckham Rye Park where you’ll find some of the biggest names in electronic music at GALA including DJ EZ, Folamour and Job Jobse. Join the crowds of party people in the sun and let the good vibes take you late into the night. 24-26 May

4. Wide Awake

Frontman dressed in check shirt, denim shorts and hat sings to the crowd

Discover up-and-coming talent at Wide Awake in Brockwell Park, showcasing artists from a variety of genres. Consider upgrading to a VIP ticket for fast track entry, bespoke bar and food options and a viewing platform for the main stage. 25 May

5. We Are FSTVL

Silhouette of two friends on shoulders in the crowd in front of stage with glowing blue light lasers

Head to Dagenham for We Are FSTVL and move to beats from the biggest names in electronic dance music. This year's stacked lineup features Eric Prydz, Chase and Status, Jamie Jones and more. 25-26 May

6. Cross The Tracks Festival

Celebrate an early summer start with music from Erykah Badu, Madlib and more, plus 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. 26 May

7. City Splash

Two women on stage in bright traditional dress, one in yellow and the other in orange

Move your feet to dub, roots and dancehall music at City Splash, a day festival celebrating the musical heritage of Caribbean and African communities in the UK. Capleton returns to headline the 2024 festival alongside Beenie Man, Shenseea and more. 27 May

8. Mighty Hoopla

Drag queen performs in front of excited festival crowd

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 performances by Nelly Furtado, Jessie Ware and Kim Petras in 2024. 1-2 Jun

9. Hampton Court Palace Festival

Crowds of festival goers sit in groups under the sun enjoying picnics on the grass

Savour the historic atmosphere during a summer night of music at Hampton Court Palace Festival. Enjoy a picnic in the palace gardens and grab a glass of champagne, before seeing Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Paloma Faith, Sam Ryder and more in 2024. 11-22 Jun

10. 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 famous Camden Market, filled with stalls selling band tees and tasty food. Jun TBC

11. Meltdown

Billboard showing MIA's Meltdown festival programme at the Southbank Centre in London.

Head to Southbank Centre to enjoy a celebration of art and music alongside the river Thames. Look out for this year's lineup for Meltdown that has been curated by the iconic Chaka Khan for 2024. 14-23 Jun

12. 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. You can also tuck into delicious organic food while the best live afrobeat, ska, reggae and folk music performers keep you entertained. 8-9 Jun

13. British Summer Time Hyde Park

Fans wait for the music to start at the British Summer Time music festival in Hyde Park, London

Check out the stellar international artists on stage during British Summer Time, taking place in Hyde Park over three summer weekends. The lineup for 2024 includes Kylie Minogue, Stray Kids, SZA and Andrea Bocelli.

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. 29 Jun-14 Jul

14. Greenwich Summer Sounds

Enjoy massive headline acts that have previously included Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Tom Jones, Black Eyed Peas and Kaiser Chiefs in the historical surroundings of Greenwich's Old Royal Naval College during Greenwich Summer SoundsJul TBC

15. Big Smoke Festival

See Skepta take to the main stage for the debut Big Smoke Festival in Crystal Palace Park. Stay tuned for a special lineup of guests featuring high energy live music performers and DJs. 6 July

16. Summer Series Somerset House

White lights illuminate the stage and blue lights light up Somerset House behind it with the crowd in the foreground

Jam to live tunes in the centre of the city during the Summer Series Somerset House in the building's elegant courtyard. See an exciting lineup of emerging and established musical artists which has previously included Amy Winehouse, Adele, Sam Smith and Everything Everything. 11-21 Jul

17. Croydon Carnival

Head to south London for Croydon Carnival this summer, where you'll find an exciting lineup of performances including dance groups, musical acts and a headline set. Make sure not to miss the colourful parade dancing through the streets of last year's London Borough of Culture. Jul TBC

18. Wireless

Girl smiles and sings along in Wireless festival crowd on someone's shoulders.

Join partiers at Wireless in Finsbury Park for a weekend of big music hits from a unique mix of hot newcomers and music legends in rap and hip-hop music. The top-notch lineup for 2024 brings out Nicki Minaj, 21 Savage, Doja Cat and more. 12-14 Jul

19. Kew the Music

Enter the haven of Kew Gardens as Kew the Music brings international indie, rock and pop music artists to the open-air stage over several summer evenings. Enjoy the music of Mika, Passenger and more from your own picnic blanket in 2024. 8-14 Jul

20. Kaleidoscope

Performer in a blue jumpsuit sings to the crowd looking out across Alexandra Palace.

Kaleidoscope takes over Alexandra Palace with a programme packed with entertainment. Expect a lineup of live music, DJs and comedy as well as a dedicated family area with arts and crafts, theatre and circus activities. 13 July

21. BBC Proms

A photo from the stage of the Royal Albert Hall seating area

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. 19 Jul-14 Sep

22. 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 Boston Manor Park. 26-28 Jul

23. 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. 27-28 Jul

24. Visions Festival

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

25. 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 2024's performers include Dizzee Rascal and Jess Glynne. 26 Jul-10 Aug 

26. Uptown Festival

Bring the family and friends for a boogie at Uptown Festival in Blackheath, where musical acts span all the genres and the atmosphere brings people together. Plus, all activities including rides and meet and greets are included in the ticket price. 28 Jul

27. 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 sounds of garage, disco, afro and soul filling the air. 3 Aug

28. Hospitality in the Woods

Grab your friends and head south-east to Beckenham Place Park where Hospitality in the Woods is celebrating all things drum and bass. Expect a genre-defining day with sets from Kings of the Rollers, Flava D, Mungo's Hi-fi and many more. 17 Aug 

29. All Points East

Matt Kean from Bring Me The Horizon performing live during the All Points East Festival at Victoria Park in London

Grab tickets to All Points East in Victoria Park. The 2024 headliners at this blockbuster festival include Loyle Carner, LCD Soundsystem, The Postal Service and Death Cab for Cutie. You can also enjoy a midweek programme of comedy, food and outdoor film screenings. 17-25 Aug

30. 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. 24 Aug

31. Battersea Park in Concert

A family cheers with glasses of champagne sat on camping chairs in front of the stage at Battersea Park in Concert

Pack a picnic and head to Battersea Park in Concert where you can enjoy a selection of magnificent live music acts and delicious food stalls. Watch the sun set to a live soundtrack from the likes of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London African Gospel Choir. 24-26 Aug

32. Maiden Voyage

Dance to the sound of house, garage and techno music at Maiden Voyage, a one-day festival in Lee Valley Showground. Each stage is specially curated from the likes of Phonox and The Cause, two of London’s best-loved clubs. 14 Sep

33. Waterworks

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 boasts an extensive list of local and international DJs. 14 Sep

34. Crystal Palace Festival

Enjoy great food, music and arts as the Crystal Palace Festival comes 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. Sep TBC

35. Pitchfork Music Festival

Lose yourself in the wide selection of genres and artists on the bill at multi-venue Pitchfork Festival London, the younger sibling of the original festival based in Chicago. Expect alternative, indie, electronic, dance and beyond at some of London's coolest spots. 5-10 Nov

36. EFG London Jazz Festival

The Scorpions play onstage with crowd swaying arms in the air in front

Discover 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. 15-24 Nov

What are the top festivals London? 

London has many fantastic music festivals, from day festivals to music festivals 2024 – take your pick depending on what music or entertainment you're into!

What to expect at London day festivals?

Day festivals London happen throughout the year and tickets usually grant you access to a variety of music performances, live acts and more. Most festivals in London provide tasty food options, drink bars and even funfair rides. Be sure to check specific event pages for more information before you go.

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