London is well known for its musical history. From some of the most legendary gigs of all time, to being the birthplace of the likes of Stormzy to the Rolling Stones, London has nurtured artistic talent in many genres and cultures. What’s more, London has one of the most extensive networks of parks and green spaces in the country, making it the perfect city to celebrate international music culture. With the recent heatwave riling Londoners and tourists alike into a tizz, we think it’s high time to single out the best of the fests in the city. Whether you’re an alt rock obsessive or go crazy for classical, there’s plenty of chances to explore the cities stellar selection of atmospheric festivals this summer.
This year taking place in Gunnersbury Park, Lovebox Festival was started by one of the members of funk dance outfit Groove Armada and this year will see a vast selection of genres being performed. From Solange to Four Tet, Lovebox Festival on the 12th to 13th of July promises a wide range electronic and band based artists, all of whom it’s certain will get you dancing.
Proms in the Park
Running for eight weeks all the way from July and into September, the proms in the park is one of the best ways to enjoy classical and contemporary classical music from some of the world’s most talented musicians. Take a picnic and let the sounds of Gladys Knight, Michael Ball and the BBC Concert Orchestra. What’s more the entire festival is filmed and shown live on the BBC, so don’t forget to wave at the camera!
All Points East
Just a few overground stops from Liverpool Street, close by to the Montcalm at Brewery London, All Points East Festival is located in Victoria Park in Hackney and brings some of the best contemporary artists in the world to the “people’s park” of London. With the likes of THe Strokes, The Raconteurs and the Chemical Brothers playing this year, All Points East is already hot news, despite only having started last year. From the 24th May to the 2nd of June, East London locals will be gifted with both free music and ticketed events, alongside workshops such as community driven “In the Neighbourhood”. This all melds together to make All Points East one of the most accessible music festivals in London.
This year taking place in Enfield Meridian Water, Field Day takes place on the 7th to the 8th of June and promises a colourful collage of hip hop, indie rock and dance acts and attracts some of the hippest names in music today. If you’re staying at our accommodation near Brewery Road, then you’re in luck, as field day is just a half hour overground service from London Liverpool Street.
Live at Chelsea
If you’re staying in West London and on the look out for a summertime music extravaganza, then Live at Chelsea is the one for you. This family friendly festival brings some golden oldies like Tom Jones and Toto to the mainstage, and runs for three days from the 13th to 15th of May on the beautiful grounds of the flowery Royal Hospital.
British Summer Time
Taking place over the first two weekends of July, British Summer Time is located in the iconic Hyde Park and brings one of the most diverse selections of bands and singers to the city centre. From Robbie Williams to The National, British Summer Time is hands down a summer heatwave people pleaser.