What is one of the best things about living in London? Music Festivals – that particular feeling of being part of something big, jumping in unison with thousands of people, sharing the passion about beat and rhythm. You know that the UK is a host of the biggest open-air festival, and London as the beating heart of the country gathers some of the most visited and awesome music events throughout the year.
During the summer months, London becomes a buzzing hive with loads of crowds in its parks. From dance to rock and indie the music festivals offer something for everyone. Some of them are more conceptual while others are traditional live events with beer, hard sound and flashing lights.
2018 is coming, and if you want to be prepared, check out the best festivals taking place in London. However, after TfL revoking Uber’s licence, people are in desperate need of viable Uber alternative in London. We can offer you great minicab prices!
Top London Festivals In 2018
Where: Finsbury Park;
When: 3 days event, 6th-8th of July;
Prices: Starting from £55/ 1 day.
Wireless festival taking place in Finsbury Park is one of the largest events at the beginning of the summer. In the first days of July huge mass of fans stroll between the stages to listen to their favorite artists at the open air event. Wireless has its history. Started in 2005 as a smaller event held in Hyde Park for indie music, today it changed the course to widen the musical styles and artists. Since 2014 is happening in Finsbury Park inviting rap, hip-hop, R’n’B artists and popular house and dance DJ’s.
In its history some if its guests were Bruno Mars, David Guetta, Rihana, Justin Timberlake and Drake just to mention some of them.
Last year Wireless exploded with artist like Skepta, The Weekend, G-Eazy and NAS. The event is happening over the weekend for three days with different headliners for each day. You can buy a ticket for the whole event or just for one of the days with prices starting from £55.
As for now, Wireless is one of the most significant and large festivals in London, and it even has a nomination for Best Major Festival.
Kew the Music
Where: The Kew Botanical Garden;
When: 1-week event, beginning of July;
Type: Mid-size, picnic;
Prices: General admission £49/ 1 day;
Kew the Music is an event, unlike others. It is more sophisticated with a taste of retro style, making it charming for its visitors. It takes place in the iconic Kew Gardens offering a chance to listen to some great music for one week while having a picnic. Don’t get misled by the name “picnic concerts,” usually describing the festival. Many people visit it and if you’re eager to get to the front row- expect an overexcited crowd.
It is one of those events appropriate for families and lovers of calmer happenings and quality musicians. For the past years Kew the Music focused on pop musicians and big names such as Passenger, All Saints, and Razorlight.
This year’s edition is coming more retro with a taste of Spanish guitar with their favorite guests- Gypsy Kings. The other headliners are The Human League- an 80’s electro-pop stars and some classic rock’n’roll and blues with Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.
The music goes with wine, snacks, barbeque in the Orangery and even champagne for the VIP guests in the Hive.
Tickets are already selling for the three main days and the full program. If you’re looking for a more comfortable setting, then think about VIP tickets instead.
Where: Finsbury Park;
When: 1 day, beginning of July;
Prices: Starting from £35.
Community Festival is something new to the musical scene in London. In its current format, Community Festival is taking place in Finsbury Park for one day giving a stage for British punk, indie, and Brit-pop bands.
Community has two more previous editions with many smaller events in different venues in Shoreditch and Hoxton. The festival stays true to its preference to homegrown musicians and didn’t give up indie and rock music. Guests of the last year’s event saw Catfish and the Bottlemen, the punk rockers Slaves and The Wombats. It is all about brit music, and this is the place to see new and less popular bands playing live.
This is a place for the young and the true underground fans. The event in 2017 gathered thousands of Londoners on the green grass fields, and we’re pretty sure the next edition will be even more successful. Besides Community have a really good taste of design- simple and straightforward- only music and nothing to disturb you.
British Summer Time Festival
Where: Hyde Park;
When: 2 weekends, end of June and beginning of July;
Prices: Starting from £69.
British Summer Time or just BST is one of the biggest music summer events in London. It has 5 editions already since its execution in 2013. It covers vast green field area in Hyde Park for two following weekends. For the six days, the BST is much more than only concerts. Food and drink sellers offer literally everything, from sushi to hot dogs, from draft beer to cocktails.
There are entertainers with colorful costumes, games and sports activities for both adults and kids. You can play ping-pong, ride on a carousel with the children or watch a movie, while you’re waiting for the bands to start playing. BST is designed to occupy your whole day, from the morning to the early hours of the night.
For the past couple of years, the festival met big names such as Black Sabbath, Arcade Fire, The Who, Mumford and Sons, Massive Attack, The Killers, Kings of Lion and Green Day. It is a mixed-genre event, so there’s a lot to choose from. The lineup usually includes more than 80 artists and bands on a couple of stages.
The lineup for 2018 has just been announced featuring one of the iconic names in the music of our times- Roger Waters. The ex-Pink Floyd member will perform all-time songs from their notorious albums- The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon and Animals. Plus many more guest artists are to be announced soon.
Roger Water will play on 6th of July in the midday and tickets are available for sale.
Where: Victoria Park;
When: Two-day event, middle of July;
Type: Mid-size, carnival;
Prices: Starting from £64;
Lovebox has quite a history! Started as a smaller event in 2003 in Clapham Common it was the child of the popular electro duo formed in the 90’s- Groove Armada. Groove Armada have always been into the beat, organizing gigs and parties in clubs around London. They are the driving force behind the success of the festival.
Lovebox quickly expanded from a one-day event with 10 000 visitors to three-day festival with more than 50 000 guests in 2010. These were the years of the festival’s boom. Today they stick to one weekend in the middle of July- usually between 15th and 19th. Lovebox maintains many stages- 7 in the last edition. It is mainly concentrated on electro and dance music, but often rap, hip-hop, and grime musicians come to play. Except for the music Lovebox pays attention to entertainment in its full variety.
It is one colourful festival with circus acts and carnival performers, as well as themed bars and stalls. Lovebox is the place where you can put on your craziest clothes and the weird makeup and go dance and play all night. If you lack party clothes, there are fashion boutiques, makeup tents and hairdressers to get you ready for the party. The colorful shows, karaoke stages, and roller disco tents are there to lift your spirit and make you jump for hours.
So far bands and performers such as Major Lazer, Snoop Dog, Rudimental, Lana Del Ray, Crystal Fighters, M.I.A and Bonobo played at Lovebox.
Where: Victoria Park;
When: One-day event, middle of July;
Type: Mid-sized, mixed activities;
Prices: Starting from £49.
Citadel Festival is another crazy open-air event in Victoria Park in the middle of the summer. Citadel is something more than just an outdoor music show. It is a chance to forget about reality for one day. The festival has many stages, offering everything you can imagine. You can take part of the sports and fitness activities, do joint yoga or play ping-pong.
If you’re there for the drinks, don’t worry there are plenty of them in any size and type. In the last edition, Citadel introduced Kopperberg Urban Forest- a wood carved forest bar. Or if you prefer something louder- the Jägerhous is the place to have cold shots while listening to more intimate DJ sets.
Citadel pays attention to science as well with lectures and discussion and many more talks and debates on political, literature and music subjects.
Now let’s talk about music. The event is host to an amazing mixture of modern genres, such as folk, brit, indie, and pop. With mainly solo performers the diversity of the musical shows is wide offering the freshest and newest hits from all over the world.
Where: Camden Town, different venues;
When: One-day event, 2nd of June;
Prices: Early bird £39;
We just can’t miss one of the most popular rock festivals in London – Camden Rocks. Taking place every year in the first days of June is covers an extensive area in Camden Town occupying 25 different venues. Camden is known to be the heart of rock fans, so no wonder the festival has such a success.
For the one-day event, visitors can see more than 200 bands, while buying only one ticket. The bad thing about Camden Rocks is you have to choose, who to listen and it can be quite tricky sometimes. The neighborhood is stuffed with people, both inside the venues and outside eating, drinking and talking.
In the past years, the festival invited punk, alternative rock, postcore, hardcore, metalcore and progressive rock bands. Some of the bands from previous editions are Sikht, Young Guns, Feeder, The Coral and The Damned.
This year’s Camden Rocks is coming on 2nd of June, with the lineup to be announced soon. We expect much more crazy stuff to come.
South West Four
Where: Clapham Common;
When: Two-day event, end of August;
Type: Mid-size, dance;
Prices: Starting from £62;
South West Four Festival bearing its name from Clapham’s post code is one of the biggest events for dance music. It is taking place in the large park every year since 2004. At the open-air space, thousands of techno and dance fans are partying till the early hours, and most of them continue in the nightclubs of South London.
SW4 is famous of inviting big names from the dance music scene such as Pendulum, Deadmau5, Faithless, Fatboy Slim, Luciano, and Skrillex. The enormous stage shines, revealing each band’s special effects. If you out for a crazy night you shouldn’t miss this iconic for London event.
Transferring the Ibiza style parties at the heart of London SW4 marks the summer with deep beats and light shows.
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