Festival season is nearly here in London, so don’t miss out!
Throughout the summer it can seem like there’s a different festival every weekend in and around London. And many of these are huge events that attract both big names and up and coming talent. So we’ve selected some highlights to get you inspired to have a truly memorable summer visit.
All Points East (24-26 May & 31 May – 02 June)
First, if you’re looking for a feast of amazing live music and chilled-out fun, head to Victoria Park at the end of May. Actually, All Points East is actually a 10 day festival with something for everyone. Essentially, it’s two weekend music festivals with a week of free activities in the middle. This year, the weekend line-ups are packed with performers like Hot Chip, Christine and The Queens, The Strokes, and Chemical Brothers.
In between, there’s a free programme of activities from open air cinema to pop-up street food and entertainment.
Weekend 1: 24-26 May; Weekend 2: 31 May-02 June
Weekdays: “In the Neighbourhood” free activities programme
British Summer Time (05-07 July & 13-14 July)
And if you can’t be here in May, luckily this format is repeated over in Hyde Park, in west London, in July. As always, it’s the place to see music legends and world-famous names. This year, the first weekend is headlined by performers such as Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder and Barbra Streisand. And the second weekend features acts such as Florence and the Machine and Robbie Williams.
And if you’re here during the week, check out their free “Open House” programme. This promises entertainment, pop-up refreshments and fun activities like arts workshops.
Meltdown (3-11 August)
Maybe you’re looking for something a bit more eclectic. In that case, it’s worth checking out Meltdown. Every year the Southbank Centre invites a different artist or musician to put together a programme for their festival. Previous years’ curators have included Patti Smith, David Bowie, and Yoko Ono. And this year it’s the turn of legendary producer, composer and musician Nile Rodgers.
So what can you expect? Given Rodgers’ diverse career, you can be sure that this Meltdown will include a huge range of great acts from all areas of music.