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The Best Summer Music Festivals in London, UK

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Updated: 22 March 2017
You don’t need to head off into a far flung field to go to a festival this summer. Leave the wellies behind and head to one of London’s parks to catch everything from cutting edge techno to, well, Justin Bieber. Here are our favourite capital festivals.

Lovebox

Leading the London charge this summer is Lovebox, which turns 15 this year. Happening on July 14 and 15 2017, Lovebox will see Frank Ocean and Chase and Status headline but there are plenty of stages for all, including one from XL Recordings, a Fabric curated tent, ping pong battles, and all day hip hop karaoke, plus a Kopparburg forest and Corona Sunset sessions.

Citadel

Citadel sits at the end of Lovebox, adding an extra day of festival frenzy onto that weekend. As it takes places on a Sunday, expect a more chilled affair, with Foals rocking their only headlining UK festivals slot. Indulge in a Reggae themed roast, catch the Sunday papers live, explore the Science Camp, join a mass yoga session or take the kids to a family friendly rave.

Field Day

Field Day has gone down to a one day smasher, happening on Saturday June 3 2017 in Victoria Park. The line up includes Aphex Twin, Arab Strap, Nina Kraviz, Midland, Jon Hopkins, Whitney and many more in what promises to be a full on electronica fest. There’s a huge new indoor stage called the Barn, a village green full of fun and games and plenty of awesome bars and street food vans.

We Are FSTVL

Dance music takes over the May Bank holiday at We Are FSTVL, in an unashamed rave up. It might be in Upminster but you can get the Tube there easily so it still counts as London. Craig David, Basement Jaxx, Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones and more will be hitting the electro peaks in this full on weekend. You can camp, glamp or rent an Airstream or go VIP to access special bars, complimentary treatments, hot tubs and much more.

Camden Rocks

Replacing the much missed Camden Crawl, Camden Rocks shoves 250 bands into the borough in one day. Taking place on Saturday June 3 2017, every bar and live music venue in the area will be playing host to the best new bands in the UK and beyond. It’s also a chance to check out indie stalwarts such as The Rifles, Milburn, The Coral and Reverend and The Makers. Time to guitar up.

Junction 2

More like an old-school rave, techno festival Junction 2 prides itself on its back-to-basics approach, which is basically raving under an old flyover. There’s no VIP, no plastic tents, and no nonsense, just lots of like-minded people wanting to rave in a field to all things techno. There are two new stages this year from The Hydra and Into the Woods so expect plenty of musical delights.

British Summer Time

British Summer Time has been a part of the summer festival series for the last few years and brings some of the world’s biggest artists to Hyde Park each year. This year is no exception with Justin Bieber, Kings of Leon, Green Day and The Killers all taking over for one night each in the first week of July. They’re all be supported by different bands and DJs, so expect to make a day of it.

Wireless Festival

Similar to British Summer Time, Wireless takes a more corporate approach and is more like a big gig in a park than a full on festival. Having said that, it regularly brings world class artists to London and this year is no different. Going for a more urban vibe, Wireless takes over three days from July 7-9 2017 with Chance the Rapper, Skepta and The Weeknd all headlining Finsbury Park.