Do you love outdoor music events but hate the idea of camping? Take a pick from our guide to the best London festivals this summer.
The Big Ones
British Summer Time in Hyde Park
Hyde Park, W1. Jul 5 – 14
You might get star struck from all of these big names performing in Hyde Park this year. Barbara Streisand and Celine Dion will be making rare appearances in the UK, while Florence + the Machine and Robbie Williams are expected to put on an extravagant show. Steve Wonder and Lionel Richie are getting together on a soul day on July 6. Supporting acts include Black Eyes Peas. Absolutely fantastic line-up.
Finsbury Park, N4. Jul 5 – 7
Home-grown acts are dotted around the bill including AJ Tracey, Not3s and Bugzy Malone but it is all about Americans this year. Cardi B, ASAP Rocky, Travis Scott and Future will all be there.
Bob Dylan and Neil Young
Hyde Park, W1. Jul 12
This double bill of legends takes placed at the British Summer Time shows at Hyde Park but has been promoted under a separate event. It will kick off at 2pm on July 12th.
Gunnersbury Park, W3. Jul 12-13
Favourite London’s festival with another impressive and eclectic line-up, big names include Chance the Rapper, Solange and Giggs. The highlight of the Lovebox Festival is definitely hip-hop veterans Cypress Hill which will be performing their triple platinum 1993 album ‘Black Sunday’ in full.
Blackheat, SE3. Jul 13-14
This South London happening has got Grace Jones and Jamiroquai popping out on the stage. They will be joined by Rag’n’Bone Man. There is also a range of family entertainment (rare at the festivals) and street food from Street Feast.
Hampton Court Palace Festival
Hampton Court Palace, Jun 6-22
It’s probably the poshest outdoor music event of the summer, whether you want to get yourself a Fortnum & Mason hamper or a “waterside gazebo”. The music offerings are better this year than usual with Kylie, Nile Rodgers, Caro Emerald, The Jacksons and of course Jools Holland all in line-up.
Live at Chelsea
Royal Hospital Chelsea, SW3. Jun 13-16
Dine in the State Apartments or have a two-course barbecue outside. The music comes from Tom Jones, the Gipsy Kings and Toto. Later on, comedy rockers ‘The Darkness’ will take to the stage.
Greenwich Music Time
Old Royal Naval College, SE10. Jul 1-7
The area of Canary Wharf together with elegant skyscrapers overlooking the water is a grand spot to sing along. The line-up is as promising as ever with Paul Weller and Groove Armada and something cosy from Cliff Richard. There also will be an orchestra playing songs from West End musicals.
Kew the Music
Kew Gardens, TW9. Jul 9-14
Pop-star Jess Glynne, Eighties throwback Rick Astley, revived garage hero Craig David and Nineties rockers Garbage together with Jools Holland promise unforgettable day (hopefully sunny too) at the Kew Gardens.
Somerset House Summer Series
Somerset House, WC2. Jul 11-21
This stunning courtyard has always a more interesting musical selection than most. Expect anything from experimental R&B of The Internet (Jul 11), the cutting-edge jazz of Sons of Kemet (Jul 13) to the flamenco pop of Rosalia (Jul 15) and the indie disco of Parcels (Jul 18).