Whilst the West of England has the world famous Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight boasts Bestival and the Isle of Wight Festival, the most concentrated areas for non stop musical mayhem come from the cities. Whilst these areas are a lot harder to create one big blowout in (no local’s have ever had a problem with noise pollution at Burning Man), they are often the best equipped for larger numbers of people indoors, and for a diversity of artists. On top of this, it is easier to get a larger crowd into London music festivals because the city already holds around 19 million tourists a year, and that’s before we even get started on the locals.
When it comes down to it then, it’s a mixture of diverse audience, intriguing venues and an ever growing artistic community which makes London such a hot spot for the music festival scene. Whatever genre you’re into and whatever vibe you’re looking for, guests at the Metropolis London Hyde Park will never be short of great music festivals.
British Summer Time
This Hyde Park extravaganza takes place over three consecutive weekends from the beginning till the middle of July, showcasing a wide range of emerging and world famous musicians from across the world. This is the perfect opportunity for summertime guests at the Shaftesbury Hyde Park International to explore the historic park right on their doorstep. Taking place within the centrally located Hyde Park, British Summer Time is one of the most popular music festivals in London, this year bringing the likes of Goldfrapp, Florence and the Machine and Robbie Williams to the Hyde Park mainstage.
Vision’s Music Festival
Taking place on the first weekend of August, Visions Music Festival is the Hackney extravaganza which brings you the best in emerging alternative artists. With an international eye, Vision’s explores the fringes of music and even comes with its own dog show!
All Points East
Based in Victoria Park, All Points East is a music festival taking place through late May and early June, bringing a week of music, arts and games to this popular Hackney Park. With artists such as the Chemical Brothers and The Strokes headlining this year’s festival and the week days seeing the site open for free, there’s no time like the present to visit East London’s Victoria Park.
Field Day Festival
Taking place this year at Meridian Water in Enfield, Field Day music festival is one of the most popular music festivals for younger generations. From the 7th till the 8th of June, Field Day will bring a range of genres, including grime artists Pusha T and Skepta, and indie acts such as Deerhunter and Boy Azooga.
Lovebox Music Festival takes place in Gunnersbury Park in North London and brings a wide range of dance and electronic acts as its crowning glory. With US artists such as Solange and 2 Chainz, Lovebox will have you dancing the weekend away from the 12th till the 13th of July.
Citadel is yet another lOndon park based festival blowing sound systems into the sky this summer. On the 14th of July, Citadel will give a new meaning to “Sunday Funday”, bringing the likes of Catfish and The Bottlemen and Friendly Fires to the same site as Lovebox Festival.