Best festivals in London and beyond 2014

By Beth Allcock on May 16, 2014 8:06 AM |



From Blackheath to Bethnal Green and Greenwich to Camden, there's a host of spectacular festivals taking place across the capital this summer.

June 20-21

Craving an injection of festival vibes minus the mud and portable living?

Then head north of the capital and be entertained by 250 live artists, DJs and fringe events running throughout the evening and into the early hours.

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The event, which this year makes its return after an extended break, has scooped a host of awards and will welcome talent including guitar acts Arrows Of Love and Paws and bass and techno purveyors Mumdance and Livity Sound.

Electronic fans will be catered for by headliner Phil Hartnoll of Orbital while The Physics House Band are set to bring their jazz and post-rock psychedelic infusion to Camden Town Brewery.

Day tickets start from £26.50. Go to

Hyde Park
July 4-13

Whether you're a fan of rock, pop, punk or crooners this one's got it all covered.

Brit band The Libertines, fronted by Pete Doherty, will reunite for the first time since 2010 on July 5.

They will be preceded by The Pogues, while The Enemy, Reverend and The Makers, I Am Kloot and The View are some of the names adding to the British music contingent.

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Old school rockers will relish Black Sabbath on July 4, while newly-formed McBusted perform on July 6, Neil Young takes to the stage on July 12 and Welsh icon Tom Jones, treats the crowds on July 13.

Tickets from £55. Go to

Finsbury Park
July 4 to 6

Last year, Stratford's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was filled with the sounds of Wireless as crowds flocked east of the capital for their fix of live music.

For 2014 the Live Nation festival, featuring the likes of Kanye West, Drake and Bruno Mars, will be spread across two venues in London and Birmingham, with Finsbury Park the prime site for the capital's festival-goers.

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The bill includes rapper Tinie Tempah, man of the moment Robin Thicke, electro-pop princess Ellie Goulding and rising star Azealia Banks.

London tickets cost £65 per day plus booking fee. Go to

Somerset House, Strand, London.
July 10-20

The picturesque setting of Somerset House will play host to some of the brightest stars on the music scene.

London-based trio Daughter will be flying the flag for the capital on the opening night before artists including Kelis, Bastille, Franz Ferdinand and Sam Smith take up the baton during the 11 nights of performances.

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Singer Jess Glynne, who features on Clean Bandit's Rather Be, has been announced to perform with the band headlining on the penultimate day.

The grand finale, on July 20, will be wrapped up by Little Dragon - a dance act combining the vocals of Yukimi Nagano with electro and R&B vibes.

Tickets from £28.50. Go to

Victoria Park, Bethnal Green
July 18-19

Where can you find Katy B, Duke Dumont, Nas and A$AP Rocky this summer?

Belting out tunes alongside a host of dance acts and DJs in east London.

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This year's Lovebox event also promises a host of theatre, fashion and style treats amid the 40 acres of parkland, including Voga sessions for the fitness fans, a roller boogie, dance-off and the Flash Daddy Photo Booth.

Lovebox has been inspired by its '90s party roots to recruit London's Norman Jay MBE and Jazzie B, of Soul II Soul, to play during the weekend.

Jazzie said: "Lovebox has always been such a great vibe, I'm looking forward to it, happy faces and thumping bass."

Tickets from £35. Go to

Excel Centre, Royal Docks
August 15-16

It might be a more familiar venue for product showcases and business events than live music, but this music, DJ and cinema combo will call the Excel home this summer.

Songwriter James Blake will headline alongside acts including Nicolas Jaar's Darkside project, Warp signing patten and The Bug and Forest Swords at what will be a feast of electronic music.

Tickets from £38.50. Go to

August 20-23

An eclectic mix of stars, from Godlfrapp to Russell Watson will be performing at Greenwich Music Time this summer.

The four-day festival takes place in front of St Christopher Wren's Royal Naval College.


It will also see headline acts of the Australian Pink Floyd and Jools Holland, with Melanie C and Marc Almond also expected to make an appearance on the final night.

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Blackheath Common
September 13-14

Frank Turner and foodie offerings combine for this two-day festival in partnership with retail giant John Lewis.

Offering much for lovers of gigs and gastronomy, acts on the opening day include Massive Attack, Aloe Blacc and Hot Chip, while Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls will be joined by Imelda May and Athlete the following day.

Chef Gizzi Erskine will host Gizzi's Chefs Club, with Michelin-starred Simon Hulstone and Richard Bainbridge taking to the stage, with a Farmer's Market, mixology demonstrations and street food also on offer.

Adult day, £57.50; adult weekend, £99; U16s day, £35; U16s weekend, £60; U5s free. Go to

Royal Albert Hall
October 26-31

Heavyweights of the blues and country music spheres will come together for a six-day extravaganza.

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Elvis Costello, Van Morrison and Sheryl Crow will take to the stage alongside emerging artists including Californian rocker Beth Hart, with performances taking place throughout the day and evening.

Tickets from £20. Go to, or


Glynde Place, East Sussex
July 4-6

A three-day event dubbed "a Woodstock moment for British Jazz" will also take the title of the country's sole green jazz event in 2014.

Organised by Jazz FM, the Love Supreme Festival will camp out in East Sussex in July.

Festival director Ciro Romano said: "I am really pleased to have artists like De La Soul, Jamie Cullum, Laura Mvula and Imelda May at the festival this year.

"This together with jazz legends such as Dave Holland, the current mainstream success of jazz acts like Gregory Porter, cutting edge contemporary jazz like Melt Yourself Down and the best of the future stars of the UK scene is what makes the festival so unique."

3 day weekend including camping, adults £125, juniors £70; excluding camping, adults £55, juniors £30. U5s free. Other packages available. Go to

Hylands Park, Chelmsford, and Weston Park, Staffordshire.
August 16-17

Grab your tent and sleeping bag and make the short trip from the capital to Essex for one of the prime diary-dates in the outdoor music calendar.

DJ duo Icona Pop and Jess Glynne take to the stage with fancy footwork also expected from headliner Justin Timberlake, while Ed Sheeran, Newton Faulkner, Tom Odell and The Killers add splashes of pop rock.

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Blondie, Lily Allen and Sophie Ellis-Bextor are just some of the ladies bringing girl power to the two-day festival, now in its 19th year.

Day passes start from £89. Go to