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Top Summer Festivals Only An Hour From London

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Updated: 31 December 2016
With the growing popularity of day festivals and festival-goers not wanting to travel as far to see their favourite artist or band, smaller festivals have been popping up in and around London. We have put together a list of the five best festivals within an hour train journey from the country’s capital city.
Gilles Peterson Worldwide Festival | © Wikipedia
Gilles Peterson Worldwide Festival | © Wikipedia

Standon Calling

What started as 25 friends, a swimming pool, a set of decks, and a birthday BBQ, is now one of the most eclectic and intimate UK festivals on the circuit. Standon Calling may have grown a little since those adolescent days, but the festival still maintains its home-grown ethos and commitment to championing new artists before they break, along with pairing underground artists with classic names.

Line-up: Little Dragon, The Dandy Warhols (UK Exclusive), Basement Jaxx, The Horrors, Roots Manuva, Ella Eyre, The Cuban Brothers

Tickets: From £117

July 31 – August 2, 2015

Standon Calling, Lordship Cottage, Barwick Rd, Standon, Hertfordshire, UK

Eastern Electrics

Premier underground music event Eastern Electrics is back for another unforgettable summer spectacular in the beautiful, historic setting of Hatfield House. The venue will once again play host to the biggest and best celebration of the underground house and techno scene, this time both increasing capacity, and introducing ‘ravey’ woodland wonderlands, more chill-out space, and an ultimate after party.

Line up: The Electric City, Pillow Fights, Cabaret, Paint Fights, Fairground rides and pub The Star of EE, plus the Glittermasque collective.

Tickets: From £30

August 1, 2015

Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK

Truck Festival | © Summer Nights
Truck Festival | © Summer Nights

Truck Festival

This is mainly a music festival, but it is the one with the best sort of local food, great bands and relaxed atmosphere throughout the weekend. They offer a range of posh burgers, to vegan delicacies and a cider pong tent. Truck Festival is now in its 17th year and they use a farm to host the intimate musical sessions.

Line-up: Don Broco, Clean Bandit, Basement Jaxx, The Charlatans

Tickets: From £90

July 15th-16th, 2016

Truck Festival, Hill Farm, Church Lane, Steventon, Oxon, UK

V Festival | © Wikipedia
V Festival | © Wikipedia

V Festival

V Festival is an annual music festival held in England during the penultimate weekend in August. The event is held at two parks simultaneously, which share the same bill; artists perform at one location on Saturday, and then swap on Sunday. The sites are located at Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in South Staffordshire. Although predominantly a rock music festival, a wide range of musical genres are accepted; in recent years pop acts have become more common.

Line-up: Kasabian, Sam Smith, Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, George Ezra

Tickets: From £89

August 22nd-23rd, 2015

V Festival, Hylands House, London Rd, Chelmsford, UK

South West Four

Now a firm favorite on the London festival calendar, South West Four is back for its 12th year in 2015, welcoming festival-goers to Clapham Common over the August bank holiday weekend for two days of dance music mayhem. SW4 has proved a great success over the past 11 years, filling Clapham Common with revelers united in the knowledge that they don’t have to slum it in a tent, and that there’s no work the next day.

Line up: Faithless, Datboy Slim, Eric Prydz, Skrillex, Basement Jaxx, SecondCity, Eats Everything, Example, Jaguar Skills and MistaJam

Tickets: From £52

August 29th-30th, 2015

South West Four, Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, UK