14 of the best music festivals in London

1. Kaleidoscope Festival

This brand-new vibrant festival has been a new hit on the London festival circuit. With its mix of music, art and spoken word, it illuminates Alexandra Palace like never before.

Where: Alexandra Palace

When: 21st July

Book Now: https://kaleidoscope-festival.com/

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2. Arcadia Festival

If a quintessential festival isn’t what you’re after, then look no further than Arcadia. From robot spiders to techno music, you’re sure to find something you like here.

Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

When: 4th-5th May

Book Now: https://www.arcadiaspectacular.com/london/

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3.We are FSTVL

This multi award-winning dance music festival is boasting artists such as Mike Skinner, Artful Dodger and Chase and Status on its line-up for the bank holiday weekender – you’d be mad to miss it.

Where: Upminster

When: 24th – 26th May

Book Now: https://www.wearefstvl.com/

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4. Notting Hill Carnival

No list of London festivals would be complete without the legendary Notting Hill Carnival. This free Caribbean culture celebration attracts party-goers from all around the globe looking to enjoy great music, food and parades.

Where: Notting Hill

When: 24th – 26th August

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5. Jam on Rye

If a more chilled-out vibe is more your thing, then Jam on Rye will be right up your street. Showcasing London’s great emerging talents in music, food and arts, this one-day festival is sure to sell out.

Where: Peckham Rye Park

When: 27th May

Book Now: https://www.jamonryefestival.com/

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6. Hampton Court Palace Festival

Festivals and stately homes don’t normally go hand-in-hand, but Hampton Court Palace Festival is breaking all the rules. With proper banked seating, acts like Kylie Minogue and The Jackson's with champagne receptions, this is a real posh affair.

Where: Hampton Court Palace

When: June

Book Now: https://hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com/

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7. British Summer Time

This programme of six days of world class music events in Hyde Park is hugely popular, and with the likes of Florence & The Machine and Robbie Williams already announced, you’d better be quick if you want a ticket!

Where: Hyde Park

When: July

Book Now: https://www.bst-hydepark.com/

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8. 51st State

If house, disco, garage and soul is right up your street, you could do worse than heading to 51st State festival at Cockfosters this August! This one-dayer hosts live performances across six stages and is not to be missed.

Where: Trent Park

When: 3rd August

Book Now:https://www.51ststatefestival.com/

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9. Wireless Festival

This absolute monster of a festival is returning to Finsbury Park in July bringing its mix of dance, hip-hop and much, much more with it. Tickets sell like hot cakes for this unmissable event so act fast!

Where: Finsbury Park

When: 5th – 7th July

Book Now:https://www.wirelessfestival.co.uk/

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10. Lovebox Festival

The much-loved Lovebox Festival takes place in Gunnersbury Park in Acton this summer, showcasing artists from the worlds of house, techno, hip-hop R&B and grime. Former acts included Childish Gambino, Skepta and N.E.R.D. so this year’s line-up is set to be just as impressive.

Where: Gunnersbury Park

When: 12th – 13th July

Book Now: https://loveboxfestival.com/

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11. Mighty Hoopla Festival

Crack out the glitter and head down to Brockwell Park this summer for a celebration of all things pop, flamboyance and club culture. Tickets are on sale now for the third year of this must—see festival.

Where: TBC

When: 8th June

Book Now: https://www.mightyhoopla.com/

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12. Somerset House Summer Series

The yearly series of outdoor concerts at Somerset House are returning in July. The line-up is still to be announced, but you can expect major artists in a beautiful setting.

Where: Somerset House

When: 5th – 15th July

Book Now: https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/somerset-house-summer-series

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13. All Points East

Something of a newbie on the London festival scene, All Points East promises some of the most exciting names in music and community activities for party-goers with names such as The Chemical Brothers, Hot Chip, Christine and the Queens and Beach House on the line-up.

Where: Victoria Park

When: 24th May – 2nd June

Book Now: https://www.allpointseastfestival.com/

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14. Field Day Festival

The classic Field Day Festival takes place in June and plays host to some of the world’s most iconic artists alongside the very best in up-and-coming talent – perfect for a true music buff.

Where: Meridian Water

When: 7th – 8th June

Book Now: https://fielddayfestivals.com/

Image credit: @fielddayfestivals

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