Summer Music Festival Guide for London
Check out our guide to the best Music Festivals in London – stay with me, book now, rock’ on!
For a good festival you really need a large park and London has quite a few of those. Victoria Park is host to Lovebox (19th – 21st July), a straight-shooting DJ and UK bass fest, and Field Day (25th May), a more relaxed affair aiming to be more like a village fete. Also new this year is As One In The Park (26th May), a LGBT festival with some major stars lined up including Rita Ora.
The recently vacated Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is also flexing its festival muscles this year with Wireless (12th – 14th July) which has some of the biggest names in pop in the line up, and Hard Rock Calling (29th – 30th June) which has more drums and guitars than you can shake a stick at.
Hyde Park is another great place for a festival and that is what British Summer Time is (5th – 6th July) with some heavy-weight acts like Bon Jovi and The Rolling Stones.
Everyone has heard of Woodstock, well now London has its own iconic “stock” festival Bushstock (1st June). This one day event is set in Shepherd’s Bush Common and showcases some of the best up-and-coming talent from ‘The Bush’ and beyond!
Another “local” festival is the South West Four Weekender on Clapham Common (24th – 25th August). This one is very much a DJ type gig with top acts like Armin van Buuren and Example heading up the bill. Also in a similar vein is FOUND (15th June) at Haggerston Park, Shoreditch.
If you are travelling on a budget, no worries, as there are also plenty of free music festivals for you. If you have an iPhone and use iTunes then you can get a free ticket to the iTunes Festival at the Round House in Camden which is a whole month of gigs finishing off the summer (7th September – 6th October).
If pop doesn’t do it for you, or you fancy something a bit more hip, then head to the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival (17th – 19th August). With all sorts of jazz music from modern to free-form and improvisation you are sure to find something you like, and the best bit is it’s free!
Prefer something a little more refined? Then the BBC Proms (12th July – 7th September) is for you. At various venues around the city you can get your classical fix and some of the events are free as well! Don’t miss the last night at the Royal Albert Hall as the atmosphere is electric. Don’t worry if you can’t get tickets as you can go to the Proms in the Park instead at Hyde Park.
Stay with me and book your bed now! London is kicking of the festival season 2013.