With the winter weather slowly starting to subside and the warmer months breathing life back into London, it’s time to look forward to festival season! Get your wellies ready for a far-out weekend at one of the UKs biggest festivals. We’re here today to give you to handy tips on how to get the best experience of UK music during your next trip to The Montcalm Royal London House.
- Not just in the countryside
UK music festivals are often associated with wading knee-deep in muddy fields located in the middle of nowhere. But things have changed. They’ve changed a lot. Music festivals are no longer banished to the hills of Devon and, instead, you can find them down every street and around every corner in every city.
Don’t get us wrong, festivals in the countryside offer a great escape from city life and are a once in a lifetime experience. You can’t get much better than Glastonbury festival (the grandfather of modern British festivals) in Somerset… but you can get pretty close.
- London Calling
If you’re travelling to London for a quick vacation during the summer, you’ll be surrounded by a kaleidoscope of different festivals that celebrate all the shapes and colours of English music. Take advantage of what London has to offer during your stay!
For decades London has been a hub of legendary musical achievement; this city gave birth to Glam Rock, Punk and Dubstep, whilst also introducing some of the biggest bands and names in music to the world, such as The Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse and Adele. If you’re into music, London is the place to be.
- A festival for everyone
Festivals around London come in all different shapes and sizes, and span across all sorts of genres - so you needn’t worry about finding a festival that’s perfect for you.
If you’re into hard rock and metal music check out Camden Rocks festival on June 3rd 2017.
Into techno music? Junction 2 is a new festival located in a secretive part of Zone 4 in London on June 10th 2017.
If you’re looking for something a bit more down-to-earth, Bushstock celebrates the work of fresh-on-the-scene musical talent in various venues around Shepherd’s Bush on June 10th 2017.
And remember, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are folk festivals, metal festivals, punk festivals, dance festivals… take your pick.
- Pack light
With a lot of these London music festival venues just around the corner, you won’t need to worry about packing a whole tent or wellies. There is a lot less preparation and organisation involved, which means you can just focus on what really matters during your festival experience – the music.
- Get to go home whenever you want
All London based festivals are quick and easy to get to, so you can always go back to your hotel room when you’re done for the day, rather than stick it out for a few days in a muddy tent. Phew!
- Cheaper way to enjoy music
The whole affair is also a lot cheaper as you don’t have to take out a small loan to get train and bus tickets to get to the festival venue. You also don’t have to purchase a family-sized tent or a stove to cook pot noodle on.
- Discover new talent
London music festivals celebrate a mix of legendary star-power performers as well as emerging artists, you’ll find some of the best new names in music by exploring smaller festivals in the city.
If you’re going to a music festival in London this summer, make sure you buy your tickets ASAP! The sooner you buy them, the cheaper they’ll be. Make sure you also know the release date of the festival’s tickets, as tickets will often sell out on the first day of availability.
Even though you’re not travelling too far away from home, and therefore don’t have to worry about packing baby-wipes and canned food with you, it is useful to always to bring a bottle of water and a bit of food with you just in case.
Charge your phone! It’s very difficult finding any charging stations at a festival. It’s even more difficult trying to find friends that you’ve lost in the crowd without a mobile.
Dress up and have fun. Get into the spirit of things and dress up with all the sparkles and silly costumes you want, it’s part of the fun of festivals.
- Other gigs in London
There’s also a jaw-dropping line up of stars performing at different venues around London this year. Hype Park, for example, has the likes of Green Day and Justin Bieber gracing it’s stage this summer. If you’re looking for other one-off gigs during your stay in London, venues such as Wembley and the O2 will be able to knock your socks off with the biggest names in music.
If you’re looking for something a little different however, London also offers a lot of gig spaces that celebrate niche and alternative genres. For jazz lovers, Ronnie Scott’s bar is the place to go for an evening of incredible jazz, soul and funk. The Roundhouse in Central London is a unique indie gig space that also hosts alternative theatre evenings.
Music is everywhere you look in London, make sure to take advantage of the city’s exciting music scene during your next stay.