The London music festivals to get in the diary now…
Words Helen Brown
Ditch the wellies and tent for one of the capital’s home-grown music events this summer. London music festivals are bigger and better than ever, as this year’s stellar line-up proves. With some of the world’s best music acts on your doorstep and your own shower facilities just a tube ride away, you’d be silly not to book now.
Our pick of the best London music festivals
Mighty Hoopla is a summer festival packed with plenty of pop music, fun and games on south London’s sunny Brockwell Park. Headlining the event this year is none other than the disco and funk queen, Chaka Khan. She’ll be joined by All Saints, Jamelia, Artful Dodger and Liberty X.
A day festival like no other and inspired by the historic parties of New York and Chicago, GALA will deliver a programme of talent who embody the spirit of house and disco’s forefathers. Having made a home new home for itself in Peckham Rye Park, the event brings together the best of South London’s independent food, drink and music offering with headliners like Honey Dijon, Auntie Flo and Chez Damier.
Peckham Rye Park
Field Day has unveiled a groundbreaking new location for 2019, giving them the leverage to reinvent what it means to be a London festival. Set in north London’s Meridian Water, the new site is made up of an enormous ten-acre outdoor space with four giant, interlinked warehouses, the largest of which will be the biggest warehouse venue for music in the city. This means a bigger lineup and later nights. Friday is headlined by Skepta in an extra special Tottenham homecoming show, while Saturday will see Grammy and three-time 2019 BRIT Award-nominated Jorja Smith head up the bill.
One Day at the Disco
This August bank holiday, the brand new One Day At The Disco will take over Three Mills Island, the canalside destination between Bow and Stratford, to throw a big city disco party. The headline set will be a B2B from 2ManyDJs and a soon to be announced special guest. They’ll be joined by Derrick Carter Does Disco, Inner City Live and Detroit Swindle.
Three Mills Island
South West Four Festival
Following a triumphant sold out 15th anniversary edition last year, London juggernaut South West Four brings another unrivalled line-up to the capital’s party people. Unveiling a wealth of superstar names which include Martin Garrix, Tinie Tempah and more, Clapham Common will once again be transformed into a two-day party over the biggest weekend of the summer; August Bank Holiday.
24th – 25th August
Hampton Court Palace Festival
Hampton Court’s annual festival returns with a series of open-air summer concerts in the spectacular Tudor courtyard. Now in its 25th year, the event invites world-class acts to the stage, including Busted, Jools Holland and Caro Emerald.
Hampton Court Palace
This year, Artwork and DJ Harvey will return to East London’s lively sun spot, Three Mills Island, for an all-day party soundtracked by two of London’s most iconic DJ’s, Artwork and the newly announced DJ Harvey. Expect mouth-watering street food, cold craft beers and summer-inspired cocktails.
Three Mills Island
British Summer Time Hyde Park
British Summer Time Hyde Park’s returns for two weekends of legendary musical line-ups, sandwiching a marvellous week of free summer activities. Expect live Wimbledon screenings, outdoor movie nights, street food, pop up bars, and entertainment. Live music this year comes from Florence + the Machine, Celine Dion and Lionel Richie.
5th-7th & 13th-14th July
Chance the Rapper will be heading up the Lovebox lineup along with Solange, 2 Chainz and Giggs. There’s also a tantalising line-up of DJs, electronic and dance music, along with the usual festival frivolities, food and drink.
Hospitality in the Park
London’s biggest celebration of drum and bass culture, Hospitality In The Park, returns to Finsbury Park on Saturday 21st September for the fourth consecutive year. To celebrate, the award-winning (Best Festival at Drum & Bass Awards 2018) festival have enlisted some of the best DJs, producers, MCs and promoters in the business including headliners; Mala, Camo & Krooked, S.P.Y, LTJ Bukem.
Feature image: Mighty Hoopla 2018 by Luke Dyson