Summer Music Festivals in London

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South West Four Weekender
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park
Meltdown Festival: Guy Garvey
Somerset House Summer Series
Ludovico Einaudi plays Live At Chelsea


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.


Meltdown Festival: Guy Garvey

Elbow lead singer Guy Garvey curates this year's festival.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 10th - 19th June 2016


Elbow lead singer Guy Garvey curates the marvellous Meltdown Festival in 2016. Launched 23 years ago, the festival puts one well connected music industry figure in the driving seat and gives them free reign to invite whoever they like to the Southbank Centre . With the lead singer of the Mercury Prize winning elbow in charge we can expect new and undiscovered artists - continuing Guy's work championing such talent on BBC 6 Music. If the band's own 2008 Meltdown performance is anything to go by, there'll be unmissable events like a choir of identikit Guy Garveys joining elbow on stage. We can also look forward to one-off performances and collaborations by well known artists who have influenced the Bury-born lyricist who follows in the footsteps of Patti Smith, David Bowie, Yoko Ono and David Byrne in curating the boundary-pushing festival.


Field Day

PJ Harvey headlines this year.

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

Tube: Mile End Station


Dates: 11th - 12th June 2016


Field Day returns for 2016 with PJ Harvey as one of the headline acts, who makes her first UK live, full band show since 2011. The festival celebrates its 10th year this June and will also welcomes American alt folk singer-songwriter Cass McCombs, experimental rock bad Yeasayer, post-rock and electronic musician Four Tet, rapper and grime artist Skepta, BBC Music Sound of 2016 pick Nao, and English rapper Little Simz to the stage. Taking place at Victoria Park , Field Day is perfect for those looking for subdued electro, melancholic folk, bold dance acts and a dreamy summer vibe.



Communion Records present Bushstock, a festival of original music and intimate venues.

Various Venues London, , London, W1J 9LN

Tube: Woolwich Station


Dates: 18th June 2016


West London festival Bushstock is back for its sixth year in 2016, offering another one-day line-up of talent from 'The Bush' and beyond. The brainchild of Communion record company, the festival began as a monthly night at the Notting Hill Arts Club and has now expanded to a multi-venue event. With more than forty bands performing, it's the perfect chance to enjoy something a little less mainstream, somewhat folksy and a little bit raw. Performers in previous years include the likes of Jack Garratt, George Ezra and Michael Kiwanuka, so this could be your chance to see the next big thing. This year's line-up includes Bear's Den, who will headline, Charlie Cunningham, Dean Lewis, Harry Foxx, Hidden Charms and Safia.


Greenwich Music Time

Joe Bonamassa, Jamie Cullum and Roxette perform live.

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

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


Dates: 05th - 10th July 2016


Set within the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Music Time is a four-day series of al fresco concerts. Returning for its third year, this year's festival welcomes Croatian sensations 2CELLOS, 'Kiss From a Rose' singer Seal, American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Joe Bonamassa, '80s pop duo Roxette, '70s rock outfit 10cc and UK jazz icon Jamie Cullum as its headliners. Concerts take place in the magnificent surroundings of Sir Christopher Wren's twin-domed riverside masterpiece, over looking the Thames, lit by the big city lights of Canary Wharf.


Somerset House Summer Series

Laura Mvula, Everything Everything and Jack Savoretti perform live.

Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 07th - 17th July 2016


Laura Mvula, Everything Everything and house music pioneer St Germain are the stand-out acts at this year's Somerset House Summer Series. Jack Savoretti, James Morrison, and two-time Grammy Award nominated Hiatus Kaiyote are also dropping by the central courtyard of Somerset House for the eleven day Summer Series, an idyllic, intimate, calming, escapist location for a concert on a summer's evening. As a breeze drifts in off the Thames you'll forget the city bustle outside and tune into some great music, surrounded by one of eighteenth century London's most spectacular buildings. Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, formerly of The Beautiful South, north Londoner Benjamin Clementine, Courtney Barnett, and seven-piece Parisian band Caravan Palace complete the line up.


Wireless Festival 2016

Calvin Harris, The 1975, Sigma and Jess Glynne.

Finsbury Park, Endymion Road, London, N4 1EE

Tube: Manor House Station


Dates: 08th - 10th July 2016


Wireless 2016 doesn't disappoint with the likes of Calvin Harris, The 1975, Chase & Status, Sigma, Miguel and Jess Glynne all on the line-up. With the festival returning to Finsbury Park for the third year, further performances will also come from Kygo, Martin Garrix, J.Cole, Boy Better Know and Kwabs. Returning to Finsbury Park for a second year, Wireless has firmly established itself as one of London's major large scale live music events, attracting crowds of over 20,000 for each of the three days.


Kew the Music

Simply Red, Will Young and the Gipsy Kings.

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

Tube: Kew Gardens Station


Dates: 12th - 17th July 2016


Simply Red, Will Young, the Gipsy Kings and Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra are on the Kew the Music line-up when it returns for more summer concerts in July 2016. The series of outdoor picnic concerts set against the backdrop of the Victorian Temperate House at Kew Gardens has been running for five years now and its sixth year is set to be just as magical. For the ultimate package there is also the option to VIP your evening with picnic hampers, a BBQ at the Pavilion Restaurant and reserved seating.


Lovebox 2016

Major Lazor and LCD Soundsystem take to the stage.

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

Tube: Mile End Station


Dates: 15th - 16th July 2016


Lovebox, London's answer to Glastonbury, is back for 2016 with one incredible line-up. Taking place in Victoria Park, this year's two-day bonanza welcomes Major Lazor, and LCD Soundsystem to headline while further appearances will come from Run the Jewels, Jungle, Jack Garratt, Mike Snow, Diplo, Kano, Steve Lewler and Stromzy - just to name a very few. Vicky Park is a great festival venue, with loads of space and a sympathetic council who let them turn the music up really loud - the perfect excuse to sack off work on Friday and make it a long weekend.


Citadel Festival

The festival returns for a second year.

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

Tube: Mile End Station


Dates: 17th July 2016


After Ben Howard and Bombay Bicycle Club headlined the inaugural event last year, Citadel Festival returns this July with Sigur Ros, which will be one of only two UK shows from them in 2016, Caribou, Lianne La Havas and Matt Corby. There will also be family fun, food and booze, and artist studio, yoga, comedy, roller skating and sports day fun.


South West Four

Rudimental and The Chemical Brothers headline this year.

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station


Dates: 27th - 28th August 2016


Now a firm favourite on the London festival calendar, South West Four is back for two days of dance music and big names. This year's Saturday headliner is Rudimental with further performances from Andy C, Dizzee Rascal, Knife Party, Arman Van Helden and Flux Pavilion. Saturday, meanwhile, welcomes The Chemical Brothers to headline as well as Above & Beyond, Carol Cox, Paul Kalkbrenner, Four Tet, and Sasha. SW4 has proved a great success over the past twelve years, filling Clapham Common with revellers united in the knowledge that they don't have to slum it in a tent and that there's no work the next day - so the party can go on and on. The music may finish around 11pm but there are after-parties for those keen on all-night revelry.


OnBlackheath 2016

Primal Scream and Belle & Sebastian headline this year.

Blackheath Common, Shooters Hill Road, London, SE3 0UA

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


Dates: 10th - 11th September 2016


Music and food festival OnBlackheath returns for its third year in 2016, with headliners Primal Scream and Belle & Sebastian. Further performances come from Hot Chip, Lonelady, James, Squeeze, Thundercat and Laura Groves. Further to the music, there's also craft beer from the local Meantime Brewing Company and a food village where pro cooks present live demos and food vendors serve up tempting treats. Additionally, being a family friendly festival, there are also lots of activities to keep the little ones entertained.


Visions Festival

The one-day music festival returns to east London.

Various Venues East London, Walthamstow, London, EC2M 7QH

Tube: Walthamstow Central Station


Dates: 06th August 2016


Taking place at a number of intimate venues around London Fields, including Netil 360, Oval Space and London Fields Brewery, Visions returns for 2016 with another one-day music line-up. This year welcomes Young Fathers, Anna Calvi, Lindstrom, ESG, Lightning Bolt, Jessy Lanza and JD Samson. Further to the music, there's also a craft beer and a food festival. Be quick, however, it's proved popular and sold out quickly the past two years.


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: 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th Jun 2017


Ludovico Einaudi and Belle & Sebastian 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. Glasgow band Belle & Sebastian kicks off the music festival on Thursday 15th June with lead singer Stuart Murdoch promising "a fragrant evening of modern rock and roll" and dressing up. Sunday 18th June sees Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi close the open-air concert series with his unique brand of classical music influenced by African, rock and electronic sounds.


Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

Phil Collins, Green Day and Kings of Leon headline in 2017.

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

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Dates: 30th Jun to 6th Jul 2017


British Summer Time Hyde Park is back for a fifth year in 2017 with another impressive line-up. This year will see Phil Collins, Green Day and Kings of Leon headline and there are more acts to be announced. Support for the Kings Of Leon, playing on 6th July, comes from fellow US rock legends Pixies and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. Between two weekends of live music in Hyde Park 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.

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