Festival season is almost upon us! London is at the heart of UK culture, so naturally it has many diverse music festivals to choose from. As everyone has different tastes and expectations for their perfect festival, we have made sure to include something for everyone, from the quirky and underground to mainstream and genre-specific festivals. Hopefully something will catch your eye and get you wishing that summer will come sooner!
Land of Kings
Sunday, 3rd May
Venues across Dalston
The 2 Bears, Toby Gale, Waze & Odyssey
Tickets cost £27.50 from: http://bit.ly/1HmcxBZ
Continuing the trend of strong, district-wide London day festivals, Land of Kings brings local artists together for an all-day celebration of the East London music and arts scene. Set across a mix of traditional, temporary and unusual venues in the Dalston area, Land of Kings is famous for its cramped basement raves and mini parties in curious locations. Expect to witness an eclectic mix of electronic DJs, hip-hop and arty guitar bands, as well as interactive performance art, poetry and outlandish cinema.
Camden Rocks Festival
Saturday, 30th May
Venues across Camden Town
Funeral for a Friend, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Turbowolf
Tickets cost £33.90 from: http://bit.ly/1yFj9Gz
Taking place across the many music venues of the famous rock‘n’roll hub of Camden Town, with a line-up that caters to a decidedly alternative crowd, this all-dayer is one for rock music fans both young and old! Camden Rocks’ line-up features guitar bands stretching all the way across the rock spectrum, and is so diverse that you could see Glen Matlock of Sex Pistols fame playing a solo set before taking a casual stroll across town to catch post-hardcore legends Funeral for a Friend in the same day.
Sunday, 19th July
Bombay Bicycle Club, Ben Howard, Kurt Vile & The Violators
Tickets cost £55 from: http://bit.ly/1xbv2sF
As a brand new festival for 2015, Citadel Festival already has a lot going for it. With the festivities taking place at the height of summer in East London’s beautiful Victoria Park, Citadel will make for the perfect lazy Sunday day fest. It boasts a line-up of festival favourites including Ben Howard and Bombay Bicycle Club, as well as an exclusive London performance from Kurt Vile & The Violators. There is also plenty of other stuff happening to keep you out of trouble; where else could you win a sack race at the festival’s sports day or take a quick spin around the onsite Rock‘n’Roller Disco between bands?
Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time
18th, 20th, 21st, 26th and 27th July
The Strokes, Blur, Kylie Minogue, The Who, Taylor Swift
Tickets cost from £60.90 for general admission: http://bit.ly/1Gzexqk
After the success of last year’s events, Barclaycard is once again bringing some of the biggest names in music to Hyde Park for its series of one-day big gig/mini-fests. Ideal for the more mainstream music fan, this July the likes of The Strokes, Blur, Kylie Minogue, The Who and Taylor Swift will hit the stage for headline sets. If that wasn’t enough, equally huge artists including Beck, Chic ft. Nile Rogers and Paul Weller will be joining in as support acts to make up full days of incredible music.
South West Four Weekender
Saturday, 29th and Sunday, 30th August
Skrillex, Faithless, Fatboy Slim
Tickets cost £115 for a full weekend ticket from: http://bit.ly/1DTTP6j
As its name suggests, South West Four Weekender is based in the South West of London, in the district of Clapham. Only ten years old, this two-day festival has already gained national recognition as one of the most important music festivals to embrace the dance music movement, winning ‘Best Festival’ at DJ Mag’s Best of British Awards 2014. This year will see headline performances from UK EDM legends Faithless and Fatboy Slim, and the SW4 headline debut of dubstepper Skrillex. If you are a dance music fan, you need to be at this festival!
The Notting Hill Carnival
Sunday, 30th August and Monday, 31st August
Bajan Revellers, Burrokeets UK, Cocoyea
No ticket required, more information: http://thenottinghillcarnival.com
If you’re looking for something more than just the music, it’s definitely worth joining the festivities at The Notting Hill Carnival. Every year, thousands of revelers congregate in West London to soak up the sounds and smells of Europe’s biggest Caribbean street festival. There are over 38 sound systems dotted around the streets, with bands and DJs playing music to entertain the crowds all day. If all that partying makes you work up an appetite, there are food stalls all over the show selling delicious traditional Caribbean cuisine. Don’t miss the grand finale on Bank Holiday Monday, when all the bands and dancers dance through the streets wearing vibrant costumes. Audience participation is encouraged, so if that’s your thing make sure you wear your brightest, most flamboyant outfit!