Top 5 London Festivals

Top 5 London Festivals

Posted by Jenny Booth | 28 April 2017 | Arts & Culture, Events & Invites

Lucky us – no need to struggle with tents or queue at dawn for the portaloos. Party party party and then hop the Tube home.

Here are the top five music festivals in London:

South West Four

Clapham Common

Saturday August 26 – Sunday 27

Headliners: Pendulum, deadmau5, Tinie Tempah, Sigma, Eric Prydz, Duke Dumont, Hannah Wants, Knife Party

A personal favourite of Lady Wimbledon’s. Bank holiday dance music extravaganza, headlining with a live show from the recently reunited Pendulum. Four stages of big-room house, techno, electro trance, minimal, EDM and plenty of other genres. Get your tickets soon, this one tends to sell out.


Victoria Park, Mile End

Friday July 14 – Saturday 15

Headliners: Rag ’n’ Bone Man, Jess Glynne, Frank Ocean, Jamie xx, Chase & Status, Mac Miller, Solange, Sampha, Kaytranada

Enjoy watching the hipsters, crazy dressers and dance monsters who assemble for this annual party organised by Groove Armada. Talented and elusive Frank Ocean’s only London date on his European tour as he makes his live return.

Wireless Festival

Finsbury Park

Friday July 7 – Sunday 9

Headliners: Chance the Rapper (Friday), Skepta (Saturday), The Weeknd (Sunday)

Massive event – revel in three days of rap, hip hop and R&B heaven, plus fairground rides, bars and chill out zones. VIP tickets still available, others selling fast.

Citadel Festival

Victoria Park, Mile End

Sunday July 16

Headliners: Foals (UK festival exclusive), Michael Kiwanuka, Bonobo, Wild Beasts, Laura Marling

If you’re nervous of the full three day thing, try this one day festival: classy music line up, masses of arty stuff on the side with Arcola Theatre storytelling, Sunday Papers Live, mass yoga stretch and a family rave. If you’re brave, go straight on from Lovebox.

We are FSTVL

Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Corbets Tey, Upminster

Friday May 26 – Sunday 28

Headliners: Craig David presents ts5, Dizzee Rascal, Basement Jaxx, Carl Cox, Wiley, Duke Dumont, Dubfire

Demands to be included because of the heavy duty line up of top DJs and rising stars. Winner of Best Dance Festival at 2016 British Festival Awards. Act quick: only 1.6% of tickets left.

…and one for the road

The Great Escape

Brighton, Sussex

Thursday May 18 – Saturday 20

Headliners: Slaves, Rag ’n’ Bone Man

OK, not on the Tube but squeezes onto our list because if you’re very dogged you can get home on public transport. The festival for new music: one wristband pass gets you in to see 400 international up-and-coming acts, in 35 walk-able venues.

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By ‘Culture Vulture’ Jenny Booth
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Jenny Booth

Jenny was a news journalist for The Times. An ex-teacher, mum, gardener and art lover, there’s nothing she doesn’t know about the local culture scene…

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