A Chronological Guide To London’s Best Music Festivals

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A Chronological Guide To London’s Best Music Festivals

As one of the cultural capitals of the world, it’s unsurprising that London is such a sought after stop on the UK tours for many musicians. With hundreds of record labels, music venues and music history embedded within the city, London’s relationship with music is evident in every borough. From historic music venues to famous recording studios, London has a lot to offer music lovers of all genres and guests at centrally located discount hotels in London are primed for seeing many of the sights.

A notable tourist draw throughout the year is the countless music festivals in and around the city. From small scale emerging artist showcases to the biggest and the boldest music events, London offers a wealth of events throughout the year. This blog will outline some of the best music festivals in the London calendar, providing guests of London hotel deals with information on dance, rock, alternative, classical and many other music festivals we’re expecting through 2022.

Dialled In Festival – April 9th

Focused on predominantly South Asian artists, this Dalston based festival will rise again in April this year at EartH, one of the most recent mid-size venues in London. Dialled In will feature more than 30 acts and offer food stalls selling South Asian snacks alongside art installations and much more.

Queen’s Yard Summer Party – May 1st

One of the most popular celebrations of dance music in London, this Hackney Wick festival offers a programme of some of the best club DJs on the international scene. These include Bizarre Trax, Percolate, Rhythm Sister and many more across warehouse venues in the Hackney Wick area. Easy to reach from the Montcalm London City The Brewery Hotel in London’s East End, this is one for early May London visitors looking to hit the ground dancing.

Wide Awake Festival – 27th – 28th May 

Wide Awake Festival only debuted in May 2021 and this year will see its programme of indie, post-punk, techno and other left-field genres storming the fields of Brockwell Park. This year, visitors can enjoy the likes of Primal Scream, Caribou, PVA and many other exciting bands and musicians, all of whom push the fringes of live music into new and exciting territory.

Gala Festival – 2-4th June

Gala Festival is an exciting weekend festival that again, was only established in 2021. Gala takes place in Peckham Rye Park, easy to reach from Overground stations in walking distance from hotels near Brewery Road. With its focus on underground and left of field electronica, the festival also promises jazz and instrumental bands, all of whom will get those feet moving this summer. 

Mighty Hoopla – 3rd – 4th June

Another Brockwell bonanza, Might Hoopla kicks off June with a wealth of LGBTQ+ friendly events and club nights from drag acts, pop bands and more. With food stalls and dance nights that are aimed at celebrating all genders and sexualities, Mighty Hoopla will this year see headliners such as the Sugababes and Steps storm the mainstage.

Cross The Tracks – 5th June

Cross The Tracks is yet another Brockwell Park festival utilising the same site as Mighty Hoopla. Cross The Tracks though, focuses on Jazz and soul, with acts this year including Khruangbin, Romare and Gilles Peterson as well as a street food side hustle that puts a sizzle in your dance steps. 

Hampton Court Palace Festival – Throughout June

Utilising the vast parkland surrounding the historic Hampton Court Palace, this programme of outdoor music events includes Crowded House, Lionel Richie and Elbow as well as luxury entertainment options with Waterside Gazebo hires and dining packages so you can do music festivals like a royal.

British Summer Time – June – July

British Summer Time is one of the most popular London music festivals, offering three separate weekends of Hyde Park headliners, new acts and fairground excitement. You can buy weekend tickets or day tickets for this one, the festival offering an eclectic mix of artists suiting all tastes. Confirmed acts this year include Elton John, The Eagles and The Rolling Stones to name but a few of the incredible acts hitting London’s royalest of parks this June and July.

Wireless – July

This mainstay of the London music festival scene takes over Crystal Palace Park and Finsbury Park in July and will see Tyler The Creator, Cardi B and other hip hop, pop and r&b legends take the stage. For those outside of London wishing to get in on the action, the festival will also be coming to Birmingham so make sure you buy tickets for the right day, as each artist will be performing at only one of the sites.

Kaleidoscope Festival – 23rd July

Kaleidoscope Festival glitters with family friendly vibes, all within the beautiful grounds surrounding Ally Pally in North London. The festival offers more than just music, of which you can expect the legendary likes of Groove Armada and The Coral, providing stand up comedy and children’s events for an accessible and all-round fun day out.

Visions Festival – August 6th

Visions Festival is a multi-venue extravaganza that takes over various sites in Hackney including Oval Space and Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. providing an internationally focused line up of experimental and emerging acts, the alternative vibe of Visions Festival is cemented by its ever-popular dog show to kick things off in August.

We Are FSTVL – 6th to 7th August

We Are FSTVL might be in Essex, but it’s very easy to reach from London too. The Festival provides dance music variations of grime, garage and drum & bass, promising a steaming mix of all night bangers. We Are FSTVL is located in Upminster but is easily reachable via the District Line underground service. This year sees the likes of Rudimental, Shy FX and Andy C take stage.

Field Day – August 20th

Field Day this year will be in Victoria Park in Hackney and brings its heady mix of new music and emerging acts. The trendy festival offers huge arenas and a variety of smaller stages that will this year host the likes of Hot Dub Time Machine and Mallrat.