This weekend gave us brief sunshine and high hopes for a long, hot summer. For everyone who wants to make the most of what summer and the city has to offer, here is a guide of London’s top day festivals so you can start building your plans ahead of the crowd.
Get the summer started on the May bank holiday with Tuckshop’s Tropical Summer Party. Watch the sun go down on the Hackney Wick Canal with plenty of live music. Last year the event was sold out and featured artists such as Little Dragon and The Menendez Brothers. With the lineup still to be announced, tickets are going fast and are currently priced at £12.
Spend the first weekend of June in Haggerston Park listening to Benga and Wookie. Rinse FM and Found Series join forces to create Born & Bred. This is a festival dedicated to celebrate the old and the new musical influences of London’s grime, drum n’ bass and garage scenes. A single day ticket is available at £20.
Also on the same weekend is Junction 2, a new Zone 4 festival brought to you by London Warehouse Events and E1 Studio Spaces promoters, The Hydra. Easily accessible via the Piccadilly line, the event boasts artists such as Carl Craig and Scuba. Tickets are available at £35 now.
The 11th of June brings another weekend festival clash, as Found Series celebrates its fourth year in operation. If six stages of house and techno at Brockwell Park for £25 isn’t what you’re into, get on over to Victoria Park. Field Day turns ten and hosts an epic two days of music, featuring artists like Skepta, Roots Manuva and Mercury Prize winner James Blake. A two-day weekend ticket will set you back £94.
Following the gatecrashing controversy last year, Wireless returns to historic Finsbury Park. Set across the 8th, 9th and 10th, concert-goers can enjoy Calvin Harris, Chase & Status, Kurrupt FM and Craig David. All-day tickets can be bought for just under £70, and a three-day pass will cost you £167.50.
The 9th also welcomes another new festival. Dance the day away until 10pm at Sunfall festival in Brockwell Park. The party doesn’t stop there. Included in the ticket is your choice into one of the eight night-sessions venues around the capital. The music event is curated by XOYO, The Nest, Phonox, Dimensions, and Outlook Festival, and promises a quality lineup. Tickets range from £50-£60 based on your choice of venue for the after party.
Victoria Parks hosts its annual two-day festival on the 15th and 16th. Lovebox has rightly claimed its status as a reputable event since its beginning in 2002. This year is headlined by LCD Soundsystem and Major Lazer amid a massive lineup across the weekend. Day tickets range from £55-£60, with a weekend ticket costing just under £95. Tickets are on their final release, and it will certainly sell out.
August bank holiday hosts London’s Mecca of day festivals. Not only is this weekend a free event, it is also Europe’s biggest street festival. Notting Hill Carnival is a celebration of the Caribbean community’s culture and traditions. Dance to reggae, soca, dub or salsa and take part in the colourful parade across the streets of W10.
If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, stay in South London as Clapham Common plays host to South West Four, an electronic music festival. Across the 27th and 28th you can witness The Chemical Brothers live, Rudimental and Paul Kalkbrenner, to name a few. Day tickets are currently available for £62.50, with a weekend ticket costing £115.
Announced this weekend by Hospital Records was a drum n’ bass festival on the 24th. Looking for a bigger venue after its sell-out summer event in Studio 338 last year, Finsbury Park will provide the space for its Hospitality In The Park’s multiple stages. Tickets are not available yet.