One of the most important things to know about UK music festivals is that you needn’t venture off into the British countryside with a tent in tow to experience them first hand – which is great news if you associate our festivals with muddy fields and camping! In fact, there are a number of great music festivals happening in and around London this summer, with everything from dance music to heavy metal on offer. If you’d like to time your London visit with a festival, here are some of the best coming up in the next few months.
British Summer Time
Hyde Park, London
The British Summer Time festival takes place every year in Hyde Park and runs for around two weeks, with performances on most days. The idea of British Summer Time is to choose the day with the act you like most and then head to Hyde Park for a full day of festival fun. This year’s top billed acts include Green Day, Justin Bieber, Kings of Leon, The Killers and Phil Collins so there should be something for every musical taste.
Victoria Park, Mile End
This year, Field Day is doing things a little differently by having all the acts perform on the one day. This is great news if you’re a keen music fan because you no longer have to pick and choose between who you want to see and what day to attend. Field Day is one of London’s most popular festivals and it sells out quickly every year so book early to avoid disappointment. In terms of music, there’s something for everyone making it a democratic choice if you’re travelling with a group.
We Are FSTVL
Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Upminster
We Are FSTVL happens every year and although it takes place in Upminster, which is just outside of London, it’s easy to get to and makes for a great day trip. We Are FSTVL has quickly become one of the best dance music festivals in the country and it takes place over two days. This year’s line-up includes Duke Dumont, Carl Cox, Dizzee Rascal and more. Plus, there’s a whole host of up and coming DJs performing too.
Camden Town, London
Taking part in one of the coolest parts of town, Camden Rocks is a rock and metal festival with a difference – a grand total of 200 bands play in 25 venues throughout Camden. While it is a relatively new festival, Camden Rocks has already gained a cult following with rock and metal fans and tickets are in high demand. This year’s headliners include The Damned and Orange Goblin.
Victoria Park, Mile End
One of the main things to know about UK music festivals is that they’re not all hardcore weekends of drinking and partying, in fact Citadel Festival is the opposite. Citadel Festival is an all day Sunday event that prides itself on having a relaxed and chilled out vibe. Foals are headlining this year and there’s a tonne of other art and entertainment on offer. If you’re looking for a relaxed day out or a romantic activity for two, Citadel is the festival for you.