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The Best Music Festivals in London

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Looking for music events in London for summer 2020? There are plenty of great festivals to choose from, taking place in green spaces all over the capital – from Peckham to Upminster. Whether you’re into hip-hop, indie or pop, all music tastes are catered for in the eclectic London festival scene…

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British Summer Time

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Hyde Park will be hearing some serious belters this summer, with performances from Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Little Mix on the cards. Held across two weekends, British Summer Time has been running for six years since kicking off back in 2013 with The Rolling Stones. It’s seen performances from numerous legendary names over the years, including Bon Jovi, Jennifer Lopez and Lionel Richie – who last year returned for a special guest performance with none other than Stevie Wonder.

Where? Hyde Park

When? 3-12 July


Since being founded by DJ Groove Armada 16 years ago, Lovebox has established itself as the dance music event of the summer. It’s back at its new west London location for the third year running, with Tyler, The Creator, Disclosure, Jorja Smith and Khalid all due to feature.

Where? Gunnersbury Park

When? 12-14 June

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One of the most well-known festivals on the London calendar, Wireless is a celebration of the newest and best in hip hop, grime and R&B. This year sees A$ap Rocky, Skepta, Burns Boy and Meek Mill take to the stage. Since the festival is already sold out, you might want to consider pushing the boat out and nabbing some VIP tickets which features exclusive access to the VIP Village, bars, gourmet food trucks, luxury restrooms and more.

Where? Finsbury Park

When? 3-5 July

South West Four

South West Four

What began as a dance party for Clapham locals is now a mega music festival, drawing in big names like Tinie Tempah and Craig David. Taking place over the August bank holiday weekend, the line-up features a wide range of music genres, from electronic to pop – so it’s a good compromise for groups with differing tastes.

Where? Clapham Common

When? 29-30 August

Somerset House Summer Series

Somerset House Summer Series

Catch acts like Gossip, Nao, Doves and Parcels amid the neoclassical courtyard of Somerset House, London’s iconic 18th century building sitting on the bank of the Thames. The annual Summer Series offers a mixed bag of acts, with a line-up straddling soul, hip-hop, and funk music. Expect cool crowds in elegant settings.

Where? Somerset House

When? 9-19 July

Hampton Court Palace Festival

Hampton Court Palace Festival

Hampton Court Palace Festival

A music festival situated in the former home of Henry VIII? Sign us up. Hampton Court Palace’s annual festival returns this June featuring performances from the likes of Bastille, Tom Jones and Lionel Richie. Enhance your festival experience by hiring a waterside gazebo or indulging in a picnic on the lawn pre-performance and soak up the spectacular historical setting.

Where? 3-19 June

When? Hampton Court Palace

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