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The best music festivals in London this Summer

The line-up of music festivals in London this summer is as eclectic and diverse as ever, offering a little something for everyone to enjoy. If you are planning a weekend trip to London and want to see some of the world’s best artists then check out our London festival guide below giving you the low-down on where to find your favourite DJs and bands this summer.

Field Day – 7-8th June 2014

Location: Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets

London’s Field Day festival has built a strong reputation over the last few years as being one of the best places in the capital to discover brand new talent before it hits the mainstream. Field Day is perfect for indie lovers with the festival boasting its own charming and unique village fete with jam-packed with activities and entertainment.

You can find Field Day in East London’s Victoria Park, within ideal reach for hipsters wishing to embrace one of the most alternative, cutting-edge line-ups in London’s festival calendar. Metronomy have graduated to headline status on the Saturday night, following their most impressive recent album, Love Letters, while rock veterans Pixies close Field Day 2014 on the Sunday. The Boston-based band are claimed to be in the best live form of their lives and are sure to provide a blockbusting headline set.

Up-and-coming bands such as Drenge, Temples, The Horrors and Jagwar Ma are also set to perform at the festival which was founded by Eat Your Own Ears founder, Tom Baker and Marcus Weedon.

Tickets: If you’re interested in Field Day tickets you’ll be pleased to know tickets are still available for both days: £49.50 on Saturday and £38.50 on Sunday for Pixies’ only London show of 2014. Weekend tickets are also available at £78 per person.

Nearest tube station: Mile End (District and Central line) and Bethnal Green (Central line).

Victoria Park is just four miles from Generator London, just hop on the Piccadilly line from Russell Square to Holborn, and change to the Central Line taking you straight to Mile End.

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Meltdown Festival – 13-22nd June 2014

Location: Southbank Centre

The 21st Meltdown Festival is being curated by musical and artistic innovator, James Lavelle, following in the footsteps of some of the biggest names in the industry from Jarvis Cocker and Yoko Ono to John Peel and David Bowie. Each summer, an industry icon is given the opportunity to lead the direction and line-up of the festival and the head of Mo’ Wax record label has already announced some of the names on his 2014 festival bill.

Lead singer of The Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde will be performing her debut solo album, Goldie will perform tracks of his groundbreaking album ‘Timeless’, accompanied by the Heritage Orchestra and Lavelle’s own group UNKLE will play a one-off show at the Royal Festival Hall. Lavelle is also reuniting with DJ Shadow to perform a one-off DJ set at Fire, Vauxhall.

Meltdown has always championed art across a plethora of disciplines from cross-generations and this year is no different. The 2014 programme also includes film screenings as well as talks and workshops led by some of the biggest names in the world of media and the arts – all but just five or six tube stops away from Generator London.

Tickets: You can book tickets for Meltdown online at www.southbankcentre.co.uk/meltdown, by calling its ticket office on 0844 847 9944 or in person at the Royal Festival Hall ticket office.

Nearest tube station: Waterloo (Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee and Waterloo and City lines), Embankment (Circle and District line).

The Southbank Centre is just a couple of miles from Generator, head southbound on the Piccadilly line to Leicester Square, changing for just three stops on the southbound Northern line to Waterloo.

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Camden Crawl (CC14) – 20-21st June 2014

Location: Camden (NW1 and NW5)

Have you ever been to a music festival with as many as 25 different stages? If you haven’t and you’re looking to broaden your musical horizons then the Camden Crawl is returning to London’s streets in NW1 and NW5 this year. Perfect for those who have a genuine dislike of mud and a lack of shower facilities, Camden Crawl – rebranded as CC14 for this year – offers live gigs from many up-and-coming bands and artists in 25 curated stages across Camden.

Last year, the summer leg of the Camden Crawl took place in Dublin, Ireland. The city’s Camden Street and Temple Bar areas were awash with indie talent. However, this year, the summer version of the festival returns to the capital.

The first set of acts announced for the two-day event include Of Montreal, Yuck, Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip fame, Steve Mason and Mazes, with many more names to be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets: One-day ticket passes are available from £26.50, with two-day weekend passes on sale from £45 per person.

Nearest tube station: Camden Town (Northern line).

Generator London is just three tube stops away from Camden Town on the northern Line. You could even walk there in 15-20mins, just walk down Eversholt Street and then Camden High Street.

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Wireless Festival – 4-6th July 2014

Location: Finsbury Park

Undoubtedly one of the biggest festivals in the country, let alone London, Wireless Festival has a new home within the capital for 2014, moving from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the south end of Finsbury Park.

Following on from last year’s spectacular headline shows from Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z; Kanye West, Drake and Bruno Mars headline the 2014 Wireless Festival.

There are a host of other  well-known pop and dance acts on the line-up, with Pharrell Williams, Basement Jaxx, Rudimental and Ellie Goulding just a handful of acts present. Sunday night’s line-up includes a triumphant return for legendary hip-hop act, Outkast with Andre 3000 and Big Boi returning to the stage to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

Tickets: Day tickets for the Friday and Saturday in London are already sold out, but day tickets priced at £71.50 are still available for Sunday. Weekend tickets for London are still on sale at £210 per person.

Nearest tube station: Finsbury Park (Piccadilly and Victoria line).

Finsbury Park is just three and a half miles from Generator London, just hop on a northbound Piccadilly line service from Russell Square, which is just five stops from Finsbury Park.

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Lovebox Festival – 18-19th July 2014

Location: Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets

London is blessed with both Lovebox Festival as well as Wireless Festival in July. Widely regarded as one of the most creative and elaborate music festivals in the country, Lovebox has evolved from being a predominantly dance music festival to one which celebrates indie, rock, pop and world music, as well as circus performers, cabaret and fringe acts too.

Lovebox was founded by DJs, Groove Armada, and this two-day festival is found at Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets.

Friday night’s main stage headliner will be a live Chase & Status set which is guaranteed to get your pulses racing. Their latest album ‘Brand New Machine’ is a euphoric blend of hip-hop, dubstep, house, garage and jungle, featuring some of the UK’s best new vocalists. Meanwhile, Saturday night sees the multi-talented singer M.I.A. warm-up the crowd before tongue-twisting hip-hop genius Nas performs his iconic ‘Illmatic’ album live to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Tickets: General admission tickets for Friday and Saturday are on sale now priced at £49.95 each. If you’d like to go to both days why not purchase a joint day ticket for £77.95.

Nearest tube station: Mile End (District and Central line) and Bethnal Green (Central line).

Victoria Park is just four miles from Generator London, just hop on the Piccadilly line from Russell Square to Holborn, and change for the Central Line taking you straight to Mile End.

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