Top 8: Music Festivals In London


The UK capital is a musical pioneer, constantly pushing boundaries in every genre imaginable, manifesting itself in the hundreds upon hundreds of pubs, bars and clubs that line its streets.

But above those underground basements and out into the open space live London's festivals. There you'll find its A-game, taking the best of now, then, and the future, curating a bill that's both unique, and unbeatable.

Here are eight of London's best... 

#8 OnBlackheath

Headliners: Elbow, Madness, Manic Street Preachers

Escape the bustle of the city and celebrate great food and music at On Blackheath, where you can watch demonstrations by Michelin starred chefs while cooking up to an eclectic lineup that includes Elbow, Manic Street Preachers & Kelis.

When & where: 12 - 13 September, Blackheath Common

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#7 Calling Festival

Headliners: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Modest Mouse, Ryan Adams and The Shining

Clapham Common's newfound resident Calling is a day-long celebration of all things rock, pop and funk in the heart of the capital, welcoming in Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Ryan Adams & The Shining and more to play to over 80,000 locals and travellers.

When & where: 4 July, Clapham Common

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#6 LEAF

Headliners: Nile Rodgers, Modeselektor, Chris Liebing

The first date in any true electronic fans diary, LEAF has become a seminal figure within the genre, putting on a weekend series of conferences and parties that delve deep into the heart of electronic music. Exploring with LEAF this March will be leading names such as disco legend Nile Rodgers and techno crew Modeselektor, who'll both give talks and sets over the weekend alongside curator Rob da Bank in a festival of unrivalled knowledge. 

When & where: 6 - 7 March, Tobacco Dock

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#5 British Summertime

Headliners: Blur, The Who, Taylor Swift

The Hyde Park series returns to host yet another set of international megastars including Kylie Minogue, Blur, The Who and Taylor Swift, who'll each top a bill curated to perfection.

When & where: 18 - 27 June, Hyde Park


#4 Lovebox

Headliners: Snoop Dogg, Rudimental, Annie Mac

Burst open Lovebox to discover an urban disco of electro fantasy and genre-blurring live acts amongst the sideshows of vintage fairground rides, cocktails, cupcakes and glittery goodness.

When & where: 17 - 18 July, Victoria Park


#3 Field Day

Headliners: Patti Smith, Caribou, Ride

London's best alternative club nights and promoters set up camp in Victoria Park for two days of music, fun and games. More like a village fete than your typical music festival, Field Day's sack race, tug of war and pillow fight will be soundtracked by the likes of Caribou, Patti Smith and Ride. If you're heading to Field Day this year, then check out our guide to Hackney's best bars & clubs to carry on the party.

When & where: 6 - 7 June, Victoria Park

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#2 Wireless

Headliners: Drake, David Guetta, Avicii

Urban big-hitter Wireless has become renowned for its lineup of pop, dance and R&B all over Europe, and 2015 will raise the stakes once more with Drake, David Guetta and Avicii topping the bill of another inevitable weekend to remember, if you can.

When & where: 3 - 5 July, Finsbury Park

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#1 South West Four

Headliners: Faithless, Fatboy Slim, Basement Jaxx

Named after its venue's postcode, SW4 is an electronic weekender that spans the spectrum of the genre, pounding out house, trance, techno, minimal and electronica for two full days of dance heaven. 

When & where: 29 - 30 August, Clapham Common

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