Summer Music Festivals in London

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Citadel Festival
Citadel Festival
Heritage Live Concerts: Kenwood House


With an abundance of capital based festivals grappling for your attention, there is no need to trek out to the countryside for your summer festival fix. So take a peek at our pick of the city's best festivals: then go forth, frolic in the fields, wear flowers in your hair, heck, you can even dance on a stranger's shoulders. Then hop on the tube and return to your sweet smelling mud-free homes. Perfect.

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Live At Chelsea

Long weekend of open air concerts at the historic home of the Chelsea Pensioners.

Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th Jun 2018


The Kaiser Chiefs and James Blunt play at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the home of the Chelsea Pensioners as part of Live At Chelsea, a long weekend of open air concerts at the historic home of the red uniformed Chelsea Pensioners. The concert series returns for a fourth year in 2018, having fast become a fixed staple in London's summer calendar of outdoor music festivals. It has established a reputation for hosting high calibre artists - Rufus Wainwright, Ludovico Einaudi, Simply Red, and Belle & Sebastian have all previously played - entertaining thousands of music lovers as well as the Chelsea Pensioners themselves.


Heritage Live Concerts: Kenwood House

The English Heritage open-air concerts return to Kenwood House on the edge of Hampstead Heath.

Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, London, NW3 7JR

Tube: Highgate Station


Dates: 15th to 24th June 2018


Returning for the first time in five years, the Heritage Live Concerts are back at Kenwood House in June 2018. Staged next to a lake and with a captivating view of the magnificent stately home on Hampstead Heath, the concerts are a welcome addition to the capital's summer music festivals. Five concerts are played over two weekends as the series begins with Hacienda Classical on Friday 15th June and Alfie Boe sings live on Saturday 16th June. Acclaimed country singer Kris Kristofferson performs a special concert on Friday 22nd June celebrating his birthday. On Saturday 23rd June The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra celebrates the works of film score composer John Williams, including music from Star Wars, E.T., Harry Potter and Jurassic Park. Finally, Welsh mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins leads the last night on Sunday 24th June which finishes with an explosive fireworks finale.


British Summer Time Hyde Park

Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Michael Buble and Bruno Mars headline in 2018.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Dates: 6th to 14th July 2018


Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Michael Buble and Bruno Mars play live in Hyde Park as British Summer Time returns for a sixth year in 2018 with another impressive line-up of big names in rock and pop. Playing Hyde Park on Saturday 14th July 2018, Brit and Grammy Award winner Bruno Mars will be joined by special guest, Khalid, who at the age of 19 won 2017's MTV VMA award for Best New Artist. Between two weekends of live music there's free entertainment in Hyde Park with open-air movie nights and tennis screenings, street food stalls and daytime DJs. Free sports sessions and after school multi-sports for kids are also part of the mid-week entertainment. Look out for more acts to be announced.



Lovebox moves to its new home in Brockwell Park in July 2018.

Brockwell Park, Norwood Road, London, SE24 0PA

Tube: Brixton Station


Dates: Friday 13th and Saturday 14th July 2018


After a triumphant 15th birthday celebration which saw Frank Ocean and Chase & Status headline at Victoria Park, Lovebox moves to its new home in Brockwell Park in July 2018. Following thirteen years in Victoria Park, the move is a nod to their south London beginnings (the very first Lovebox took place on Clapham Common in 2002). Jools Butterfield, founder of the festival, says: "Nothing stays the same forever, and after thirteen very happy years in East London, it's time to open a new, ever more colourful chapter in our history as we go back to our South London roots." With high calibre headliners and a laid back party atmosphere, the love Londoners have for Lovebox continues to burn bright.


Citadel Festival

Modern electronic music and Sunday Papers Live at the festival which moves to Brockwell Park.

Brockwell Park, Norwood Road, London, SE24 0PA

Tube: Brixton Station


Dates: Sunday 15th July 2018


After three highly successful years, during which time it has made a name for itself as one of London's best new festivals, Citadel moves to a new location this July: Brockwell Park. The one-day festival of music, food, theatre, art and entertainment often secures good headline acts. Last year indie rock band Foals played their only UK festival of the year here and masters of modern electronic music, Bonobo, also headlined. As well as music on the main stage there's a good choice of alternative entertainment from dance and drawing to screen printing and children's workshops, fashion and beauty stalls, fitness activities like disco dodgeball, and Sunday Papers Live with invited speakers creating a forum for debate.





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