For those who don’t fancy camping in a muddy field this festival season, we’ve picked out 7 of the best summer festivals in and around London. Stay in the comfort of a hostel bed by night and soak up all the festival atmosphere by day!
1. Junction 2
When? 10th June
Where? Boston Manor Park
How much? Tickets from £65
Why should I go? For music purists who prefer less of the festival faff
Junction 2 Festival is all about the music. With 5 industrial styles set in the stunning natural setting of Brockwell park with its green fields, rambling rivers and woodland pathways, it’s back to basics here. Techno lovers will rejoice as the focus is placed firmly on great sound, obsessive attention to detail and a solid electronic music policy.
2. Wireless Festival
When? July 6th – 8th 2018
Where? Finsbury Park
How much? Day tickets from £55
Why should I go? If you want to catch a whole lot of pop and hip hop heavyweights in one place, this is your festival
Star power is high at this year’s Wireless Festival with J cole, Stormzy and Lisa Mercedez all taking to the stage. On top of this, you’ll find plenty of street food and fairground rides. The crowd is young and excitable with many city-dwelling students descending on the festival to celebrate the end of exam season.
3. Lovebox Festival
With a solid mixture of new bands and industry veterans, Lovebox is back for its fourteenth year in a new home. Moving from East London’s Victoria Park to Gunnersbury Park in West London, you can be sure to expect the same eclectic, entertaining mixture of zany entertainment, activities, arty bands, DJs and feelgood indie pop. Taking centre stage on the line-up for 2018 are Wu-Tang Clan, Childish Gambino, N.E.R.D and Skepta.
When? August 4th 2018
Where? Various venues around Hackney
How much? Tickets £33
Why should I go? If you’re looking to make new music discoveries, Visions is the one!
Organisers of Visions Festival have earned a reputation for booking up-and-coming artists, so if it’s new music you’re after, then nab your ticket now as these go like hot cakes! Various venues across the hip borough of Hackney play host to underground artists, markets, street food vendors and more. Artists to look out for this year include shock rockers HMLTD and indie band Idles.
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Festivals been and gone this summer
When? 5th and 6th May 2018
Where? Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
How much? Day tickets from £60, Weekend tickets from £93.75
Why should I go? The famous mechanical fire breathing spider is coming to London, and it’s bringing beats!
Coming to the Olympic park for a special 10th anniversary show, with a strong lineup of techno heavyweights, chart toppers and Dance legends, including Sven Vath, Groove Armada and Rudimental. Make sure you catch the Metamorphosis show where the legendary fire-breathing spider comes to life with aerial artists and pyrotechnics.
All Points East
When? 25th May – 3rd June
Where? Victoria Park
How much? One day tickets from £59.95 (free entry during the week)
Why should I go? Because this is a festival trying to do it all and we can’t wait to see how it turns out
Taking over East London’s Victoria Park for a whopping 10 days in May & June, and only in its first year, All Points East promises a jam packed agenda of big acts playing over the weekends and community-programming, food, comedy and outdoor cinema during the week. The festival will start with a bang, seeing headliners LCD Soundsystem, The XX, Bjork and Lorde take to the stage.
When? 3rd June
Where? Brockwell Park
How much? Tickets £40First Release
Why should I go?: If ya dig 90’s RnB queens TLC, then this is the festival for you
As with all good festivals, Mighty Hoopla had lowly beginnings. Starting life at Butlin’s Holiday Camp in Bognor Regis, the festival had its London debut last year with pop darlings such as All Saints, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Fleur East taking to the stage. Returning this year, the festival promises ‘the ultimate celebration of all things pop, sparky and fun.’ Oh we do like the sound of that!