Summer Music Festivals in London

 
 
 
 
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South West Four
Greenwich Music Time
Lovebox
Lovebox
Heritage Live Concerts: Kenwood House
Bushstock Festival
Arcadia London
Kew the Music
Gala Festival comes to Peckham Rye Park
Wireless Festival
Eastern Electrics Festival
Field Day 2019
Nile Rodgers & Chic play at Hampton Court Palace Festival
The Kooks headline Community Festival
 

 

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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Arcadia London

DC10 DJ Jamie Jones headlines at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Olympic Park, London, E15 2EE

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 

Dates: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May 2019

 

Arcadia, the nomadic party organisers known for bringing some memorable sets to Glastonbury deliver a giant a 50-tonne fire breathing mechanical spider to London this May Bank Holiday weekend for the spider's only UK show. The two day festival begins on Saturday as, fresh from his ground breaking Barbican show, DC10 DJ Jamie Jones headlines at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. He's part of a strong Saturday line up which includes Sasha, Alan Fitzpatrick and Hot Since 82. Sunday sees the bass heavy and flamboyant DJ EZ mixing against a backdrop of giant flame bursts, flying creatures, and a whole new set of SFX. Joining him is Sub Focus delivering drum n bass, with ID on the mic. Hot off the back of her XOYO residency comes Flava D in her first major festival appearance of the summer, while special guest Lethal Bizzle takes over with rampaging hip hop. Unique to the event is the Metamorphosis show, 30 minutes where the spider comes to life with pyrotechnics and aerial artists, all centred on the spider.

 
 
 

All Points East

The Chemical Brothers, Hot Chip and Primal Scream headline the Friday slot.

Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5SN

Tube: Mile End Station

 

Dates: 24th May to 2nd June 2019

 

After a successful debut in summer 2018, All Points East is back for a rocking ten day summer music festival, taking place over two May and June weekends at Victoria Park. To kick things off, there's a three day music festival with appearances from headliners The Chemical Brothers, Hot Chip and Primal Scream on Friday as well as Christine and the Queens on Sunday. It's followed by a four day community-focused midweek programme of comedy, food and outdoor cinema. Then comes a long weekend of three back to back shows with Bring Me The Horizon, the rock band from Sheffield, headlining on Friday 31st May while American indie folk band Bon Iver bring the festival to a close on Sunday.

 
 
 

Gala Festival

One day festival promising a confetti filled disco, funk and soul extravaganza.

Peckham Rye Park, Strakers Road, London, SE15 3UA

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: Sunday 26th May 2019

 

Back for a fourth year, and it's second in Peckham Rye Park, Gala is kicking off the summer with a disco focused one-day festival on the late May Bank Holiday Sunday. Horse Meat Disco returns to host 'The Pleasure Dome' stage, Palms Trax brings his 'Cooking with Palms Trax' series, and there's a brand new stage from Gilles Peterson's Worldwide FM. The music line-up is complemented by quality street food - Made of Dough pizzas appear along with Other Sided Fried and Honest Burger, both back at GALA to keep the party going long after sunset, plus Peckham's Brick Brewery will be there keeping everyone hydrated.

 
 
 

Field Day 2019

Field Day finds a fine new home in 2019 at Meridian Water, Enfield.

Brockwell Park, Norwood Road, London, SE24 0PA

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June 2019

 

Having resided in Victoria Park for 10 years, before moving to Brockwell Park last year, Field Day finds a new home in 2019 at Meridian Water, Enfield, North London. They say the move is a game changer and we can see why. Ten acres of outdoor space and four giant interlinked warehouses allow for the volume to be turned up and a late night / early morning 3am finish - later than before. Situated at an old gas works next to Tottenham Marshes, the largest of the sheds is the biggest warehouse venue for music in the city with a capacity of 7,500. Music wise, they haven't revealed the line-up yet but - to give you some idea - Aphex Twin, Erykah Badu, Patti Smith, Loyle Carner, Skepta, PJ Harvey and Charlotte Gainsbourg have all played in previous years.

 
 
 

Hampton Court Palace Festival

Nile Rodgers, The Jacksons, Tears For Fears and Kylie Minogue play at the historic palace.

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, London, KT8 9AU

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 7th to 21st June 2019

 

The Jacksons, Tears For Fears and Kylie Minogue are just three of the big name acts lined up for this year's Hampton Court Palace Festival. Pop royalty The Jacksons perform as 2019 marks 50 years since I Want You Back was released. New-wave legends Tears For Fears, one of the biggest acts of the '80s, play hits from their formidable collection, including Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Shout, and Mad World. Kylie Minogue also plays two nights at the summer music festival, set against the beautiful backdrop of Henry VIII's magnificent Tudor Hampton Court Palace. Now in its 27th year, the festival encourages a spot of picnicking, a VIP experience and the chance to hear some well known musicians in an intimate 3,000-seat open-air auditorium.

 
 
 
 

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: Thursday 13th and Friday 14th June 2019

 

Toto and Gipsy Kings 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. Well known for their hit songs like Africa and Rosanna, Grammy award winning band Toto is celebrating 40 years since the release of their debut album. Mixing Latin and flamenco style music with Western pop, Gipsy Kings is fronted by songwriters and producers Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo who've been in the band for over 30 years. Expect more announcements as the concert series returns for a fifth year in 2019, culminating in an extravagant firework display.

 
 
 

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: 14th, 15th and 16th June 2019

 

Returning to Kenwood House, the Heritage Live Concerts are back at the English Heritage owned stately home on Hampstead Heath for one weekend only in June 2019. Hailing from Utah in the US, The Piano Guys, who have amassed a staggering 3 billion audio and video streams worldwide, are playing on Friday 14th June. They became an internet sensation by making music videos in some of the most magnificent locations in the world including The Great Wall of China, Chichen Itza and Iguazu Falls. On Sunday legendary tenor Jose Carreras stops off to say goodbye to London as part of his farewell tour. Staged next to the lake and with a captivating view of the magnificent house, the concerts are a welcome addition to the capital's summer music festivals.

 
 
 

Bushstock Festival

One-day festival at venues in and around 'The Bush'.

Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 7LJ

Tube: Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line)

 

Dates: Saturday 15th June 2019

 

Novo Amor headlines Bushstock Festival, back for its ninth year in 2019. APRE, MarthaGunn, Olivia, and Winnie Raeder are just three of the other acts at the festival which take places at venues in and around 'The Bush' on Saturday 15th June. They're a small proportion of more than forty bands you can catch at the annual event which is the brainchild of Communion record company. It's the perfect chance to enjoy something a little less mainstream, somewhat folksy and a little bit raw.

 
 
 

Community Festival

The Kooks headline Community Festival in 2019.

Finsbury Park, Endymion Road, London, N4 1EE

Tube: Manor House Station

 

Dates: Sunday 30th June 2019

 

Indie rock band The Kooks headline this one-day music festival, which started out as a roaming event, spread around 11 venues in Hoxton and Shoreditch a couple of years back. Now Community Festival returns to Finsbury Park for a second summer with special guests Blossoms, Don Broco with frontman Rob Damiani, The Hunna, Kate Nash, Gerry Cinnamon, Sound Of nominees Sea Girls, US punk outfit SMWRS, The Amazons, Blaenavon, The Night Cafe and many more in the east London park. Pitched as the "ultimate summer celebration of modern guitar music and indie fun", Community is the perfect festival for fans for rock, punk and indie music.

 
 
 

Greenwich Music Time

See Sir Cliff Richard and Paul Weller at this four-day series of al fresco concerts.

Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, London, SE10 9LW

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 

Dates: 1st to 7th Jul 2019

 

Set within the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Music Time is a four-day series of al fresco concerts. For its sixth year the festival welcomes Sir Cliff Richard and Paul Weller to the magnificent surroundings of Sir Christopher Wren's twin-domed riverside masterpiece. More acts are expected to be announced for the annual seven-day music festival which is one of London's best loved summer music festivals. All concerts are held in a purpose build outdoor arena, overlooking the Thames and lit by the big city lights of Canary Wharf.

 
 
 
 

Wireless Festival 2019

Cardi B and Migos co-headline the Friday night slot at this celebration of hip-hop, grime and rap music.

Finsbury Park, Endymion Road, London, N4 1EE

Tube: Manor House Station

 

Dates: 5th, 6th and 7th July 2019

 

Since its first outing back in 2005 Wireless has firmly established itself as one of London's major large scale hip-hop, grime and rap music events, attracting crowds of over 20,000 for each of the three days. In 2019 the music festival returns to Finsbury Park for a sixth year with rapper Cardi B and Migos sharing the Friday headline slot, Travis Scott as top of the bill on Saturday and hip-hop legends ASAP Rocky closing the festival as the Sunday headliner. Atlanta hip-hop artist Future, Londoners Stefflon Don and AJ Tracey are also on the huge lineup which includes the incredible Mississippi hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd whose 2018 performance was a real crowd pleaser. One important change to note: new licensing rules, which come in from 2019, mean performers mustn't swear on stage. So "Stormzy would have to change at least 17 of the 21 songs performed during his set in 2018" - according to BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat.

 
 
 

Kew the Music

Craig David, Beverley Knight and Billy Ocean head to the beautiful botanic gardens at Kew.

Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB

Tube: Kew Gardens Station

 

Dates: 9th to 14th Jul 2019

 

Craig David, Beverley Knight and Billy Ocean, Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and Rick Astley play at Kew the Music in 2019, a week of summer picnic concerts, from 9th to 14th July 2019, set within the stunning grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. R&B superstar, Craig David, is headlining the show on Friday 12th July. British soul singer Beverley Knight and 'When The Going gets Tough' singer Billy Ocean both play full headline sets on the same night. Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra are joined by Gilson Lavis and regular guest vocalists, Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall while '80s pop star Rick Astley brings the series to a close. Perfect for a picnic, opt for the VIP package and you'll get ready-made hampers to collect on the night.

 
 
 

Lovebox

Lovebox returns to Gunnersbury Park in July 2019.

Gunnersbury Park, Popes Lane, London, W3 8LQ

Tube: Acton Town Station

 

Dates: Friday 12th and Saturday 13th July 2019

 

After a successful first year in its new home, Lovebox returns to Gunnersbury Park in July 2019 for its 17th year. The lineup hasn't been released as yet but with high calibre headliners and a laid back party atmosphere, Lovebox is reliably one of the best summer music festivals in London. 2018 saw legendary rap group Wu-Tang Clan, Pharrell Williams fronting N.E.R.D and the Mercury Prize-winning Skepta perform during the two day festival. But US rapper Childish Gambino "stole the show" (Independent) presenting songs like 'Sober' and 'Riot' with "electric raw energy".

 
 
 

British Summer Time Hyde Park

Bob Dylan, Florence The Machine and Robbie Williams play live in Hyde Park.

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

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 12th, 13th and 14th July 2019

 

Bob Dylan, Florence The Machine and Robbie Williams play live in Hyde Park as British Summer Time returns for a seventh year in 2019 with another impressive line-up of big names in rock and pop. Playing Hyde Park on Friday 12th July, Bob Dylan and Neil Young take to the open air stage. Florence The Machine and The National appear on Saturday 13th July while Sunday 14th July sees Robbie Williams rock the park. Between two weekends of live music there's free entertainment 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.

 
 
 

Eastern Electrics Festival

Expect an Ibiza summer vibe, lasers, smoke cannons and a whole weekend of partying.

Morden Park, Road, Merton, London, SM4 5QX

Tube: Morden Station

 

Dates: Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August 2019

 

Returning to Morden Park, Eastern Electrics is a weekend rave with a pool party run by Ibiza Rocks and a VIP area by Ministry Of Sound. Expect an Ibiza summer vibe, lasers and smoke cannons, upfront house and techno, big beats and a crowd of around 17,000 people up for a party. This year's festival welcomes London boy Skream who brings his fresh 'I Feel' brand to the Big Top. Defected, step up to host another EE mainstay, The Switchyard - the industrial stage, made up of shipping containers. New for 2019 is The Plant House, a summery arena filled with lush, leafy plants and a see-through roof letting the sun stream through at this summer weekender, filled with hip-hop, bass, garage, top-spec production and pyrotechnics.

 
 
 

South West Four

Martin Garrix, The Prodigy, Craig David and Chase and Status headline the two-day dance music festival.

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station

 

Dates: Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August 2019

 

A firm favourite on the London festival calendar after 15 successful years, South West Four is back on Clapham Common for two days of dance music and big names over the late August Bank Holiday weekend. Martin Garrix, The Prodigy, Craig David and Chase and Status headline the two-day electronic music extravaganza. On Saturday Martin Garrix and Tinie Tempah are the main stage headliners while Craig David presents TS5 Takeover at the indoor tent. They're supported by a strong lineup of UK House star James Hype, highly popular songstress Mabel, and Heldeep Records head honcho Oliver Heldens. South London rap star Yungen, and Sigma, returning after mesmerising 30,000 fans at the festival last year, also put in an appearance. Sunday sees The Prodigy followed by Plan B on the main stage outside while Chase & Status presents RTRN II JUNGLE indoors. Expect many stars of the global dance scene, filling Clapham Common with revellers united in the knowledge that they don't have to get up for work the next day. The festival finishes around 11pm but there are after-parties for those keen on all-night revelry.

 
 
 
 
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