City festivals 2016: London

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altThe sun is shining, delicious food and cider is available and some of the best music in the world is playing…where else does it all come together but at the festivals in London?! Summertime here is not to be missed and neither are these festivals.

There’s something so special about London at this time, mainly because everybody is on a major high from the sunshine, but also because London is a playground to an array of different genres which all come together into a massive celebration! Don’t forget about the epic after-parties which go until the early morning; they’re not to be missed, either. Here are seven city festivals in London that you have to make sure you attend this year.

Lovebox

LoveboxHere you’ll find two days of music from artists like Major Lazer, LCD Soundsystem, Run the Jewels, Le Galaxie and loads more, all staged in London’s Victoria Park. Lovebox started as a dance festival but has since ventured into a variety of different genres from their first opening with people such as Snoop Dogg headlining. It’s an elaborate fun summer festival hosting 12 stages of music and is definitely the place to be. Lovebox is on the 15th and 16th of July.

Field Day

Field Day FestivalField Day is an eclectic one-day music festival. Not only do they have music but also activities such as egg and spoon race and sack races! It’s consistently called the best festival in the city for alternative music, and no wonder – this year’s line-up includes PJ Harvey, James Blake, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Junior Boys, Girl Band and way more. There’s a really interesting mix of genres including indie, folk to underground dance. It’s notorious for selling out so make sure you get your tickets and mark 11th-12th of June on your calendar.

 

BST in Hyde Park

BST in Hyde ParkBritish Summer Time is a festival held over two weekends (1-3 and 8-10 June) in the famous Hyde Park in London. This is one of the biggest festivals of the summer because of its very famous lineup. This year, huge acts such as Massive Attack, Patti Smith, Jamie XX, Stevie Wonder, Florence and the Machine and Take That are to play here so be sure not to miss this event of a lifetime!

We Are FSTVL

We are FSTVLWe Are FSTVL has gained huge publicity in recent years. Whatever they’re doing is obviously working because they have multiple awards to show for their hard work of producing an amazing festival. It hosts over 50,000 people and this year features a very solid electronica lineup, with acts such as Fatboy Slim, MK and Sonny Fodera. We Are FSTVL runs from the 28th to the 29th of May; it’s one of the first events of the summer so it really kicks off the festival season. Located in Upminster it’s only an easy tube ride from central London which from there you are provided with a free shuttle to the festival site.

Found Festival

Found FestivalThis is one of the popular day festivals to go to if you’re into electronic music. Held in Brockwell Park in Brixton, Found Festival holds six stages of house, techno, disco and many other genres within electronic music. It showcases the new and trendy along with classics; 2016 sees sets by Kerri Chandler, Legowelt, Theo Parrish and more. The best thing about this festival (except for the music obviously) is the originality, from the festival design to the outfits people wear; it’a seriously cool. Found Festival is on the 11th of June from 11am until 9pm, with a yet-to-be-announced after-party to follow. This festival is part of the Found Series which promotes events from festivals to the coolest underground parties across London.

51st State Festival

51st State festivalHosted in one of North London’s most beautiful parks, 51st State has gained popularity quickly with its debut in 2015 becoming sold out very quickly. It hosts some of the dance music geniuses and explores the roots of the house music scene. We’re looking forward to seeing Soul II Soul, Dimitri from Paris and the legendary Horse Meat Disco. You better get your tickets fast though as it will probably be another sold out show this year. This festival is on the 6th of August and is also part of the Found Series.

 

Born and Bred

Born and BredAnother festival in the Found series—but this one definitely stands on its own two feet. This year Born and Bred has now teamed up with Rinse FM to host a mix of grime, underground dance, garage, drum & bass and RnB. It’s hosted in the trendy East London and is spread over two full days (4-5 June) at Haggerston Park. Big headliners such as Azealia Banks and Novelist are set to carve up a storm in this much-anticipated festival.

We have tons of hostels all over central London to ensure you’re only a short walk away from any of these festivals. Whether you want a private room or a boutique dorm, we’ve got you sorted.

 

Which festival are you heading to this summer? Let us know!

Thanks to Drew de F Fawkes, David Fisher, 金娜 Kim S, Rob Sinclair and Anna-Kay for use of their great images under the Creative Commons license.

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