If you are faced with the reality that you will be spending most of your summer in the UK, do not fret! London really does offer a variety of events and activities to keep you entertained. If you are not a camping person, but like a festival, London offers a great range of music festivals right at your doorstep, with the added luxury of knowing you will not be faced with a wet and muddy camp-out. Here are just a few suggestions to make your summer in London, that bit more special.
Field Day returns to celebrate its sixth birthday at Victoria Park on Saturday 25th May. Field Day offers an alternative funky vibe, with a mix of indie, folk and subdued techno. If you want to get away from the mainstream pop music then Field Day is the one for you. The line-up for 2013 have already been announced and it’s safe to say they have not left you disappointed. The latest acts confirmed are Ben Pearce, Bok Bok & Girl Unit, Clean Bandit, Dollop DJs, Feathers, Jen Long, Jon Hillcock, Lil Silva b2b Melé, Oneman, Psychemagik, Todd Edwards, and Waze & Odyssey.They join Animal Collective, Bat For Lashes, Django Django, Do Make Say Think, Emeralds, Everything Everything, Fucked Up, James Yorkston, Tim Burgess, Disclosure and many more. For the full line-up click here. If you want to kick start your summer early then head down to Victoria Park on the 25th May.
Hard Rock Calling
Are you looking to find some Rock’n’Roll in London town this summer? Well look no further. The hint is in the name; Hard Rock Calling not only ignites a bit of the rock’ era back into London but this year they have really upped the game with already confirming Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band as headlining acts. Festival goers should expect some of his iconic hits including Born in the U.S.A, Dancing in the Dark and Born to Run. Hard Rock Calling takes place at Queen Elizabeth’s Olympic Park on the 29th and 30th June. Some of the first acts announced are Kasabian, Paul Weller, Miles Kane, Kodaline, The Black Crowes, Alabama Shakes, The Cribs, Klaxons and Tribes.
Wireless Festival which is sponsored by Barclaycard returns with a bang in 2013. Last year we saw the likes of Rihanna, Drake, Jessie J and Lambrinth take to the main stage, but this year the line-up is really something to celebrate. Wireless will be held on the 12th – 14th July at the Olympic Park. American legends Justin Timberlake, Jay Z and Snoop Dogg are already confirmed the headlining acts for the weekend. They shall be joined by Emelie Sande, Rita Ora, Frank Ocean, Kesha, Wretch 32, Calvin Harris, Katy B, Jessie Ware, Rizzle Kicks and more. Wireless Festival is not age restricted but those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult (18 years and over). So if you thinking of a family day out with the teenagers, Wireless Festival is a perfect venue to see all of your favourite artists.
Lovebox is another festival hitting London’s Victoria Park this summer. The 3 day festival will run from Friday 19th – Sunday 21st July. Lovebox truly in-captures the vibe of a proper festival, it includes a varied range of musical styles, diversity and the opportunity for Londoners to really engross themselves in a party fuelled weekend. Lovebox expects to see a range of acts on either main stage or their various stages across the park. Acts confirmed include Annie Mac, Azealia Banks, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Rudimental, Wiley and more to perform on the Friday, Aluna George, D’ Angelo, High Contrast, Mark Ronson, Plan to perform on the Saturday and DJ Harvey, Hurts, Soloman, Mykki Blanco to perform on the Sunday. For the full line up click here.
Summer Series at Somerset House
If you want to spend a summer evening in the heart of London chilling out to some live music surrounded by some of London’s finest eighteenth century buildings which are enriched in culture and art then head to The Somerset House and enjoy the open air Summer Series with American Express between the 10th – 21st July. The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court plays host to some exciting and innovative artists such as Alex Clare, Band of Horses, Lianne La Havas, Of Monsters and Men, Tom Odell, Jessie Ware, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Basement Jaxx. Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!
Last year Hyde Park was home to the 2012 Olympics, offering Londoners a place to come and watch the Olympics on the big screens. Barclaycard’s British Summer Time takes place in Hyde Park from Friday 5th July – Sunday 14th July. The event includes a village green with a pub and farmers’ market. Plus real lavatories, an outdoor pool bar, bistros, restaurants and cocktail bars. Across Hyde Park, there will be four themed zones each with its own specially designed installations and entertainment, high quality restaurants, bespoke salons, pubs, cocktail bars, cafes, bistros and independent food stalls. If you are looking for an event for all the family to enjoy; British Summer Time is our number 1 choice, it will be full of films, music, literature and sport.
Some other great festivals hitting London this summer are SW4, 1234 Shorditch, As one in the Park and iTunes Festival.
If you want to venture out of London this summer and are planning on being a little more adventurous, have a look at our article on Top 5 European music festivals. Also, if your struggling to get tickets for your favorite festivals this year, then check out our article on ways to get into a festival for free!