Looking for music events in London for summer 2019? There are plenty of great festivals to choose from, taking place in green spaces all over the capital – from Peckham to Upminster. Whether you’re into hip-hop, indie or pop, all music tastes are catered for in the eclectic London festival scene…
British Summer Time
Hyde Park will be hearing some serious belters this summer, with performances from Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Robbie Williams and Florence + The Machine on the cards. Held across two weekends, British Summer Time has been running for six years since kicking off back in 2013 with The Rolling Stones. It’s seen performances from numerous legendary names over the years, including Bon Jovi, Jennifer Lopez and Lionel Richie – who will be returning this year for a special guest performance with none other than Stevie Wonder.
Where? Hyde Park
When? 5-14 July
Since being founded by DJ Groove Armada 16 years ago, Lovebox has established itself as the dance music event of the summer. It’s back at its new west London location for the second year running, with Chance The Rapper, Solange, Giggs and J Hus all due to feature.
Where? Gunnersbury Park
When? 12-13 July
One of the most well-known festivals on the London calendar, Wireless is a celebration of the newest and best in hip hop, grime and R&B. This year it’s all about the big American names, which include Cardi B, ASAP Rocky, Migos and Travis Scott. But this doesn’t mean the homegrown acts should be overlooked: the likes of Ella Mai, Not3s and Bugzy Malone are all set to draw in big crowds too.
Where? Finsbury Festival
When? 5-7 July
South West Four
What began as a dance party for Clapham locals is now a mega music festival, drawing in big names like Tinie Tempah and Craig David. Taking place over the August bank holiday weekend, the line-up features a wide range of music genres, from electronic to pop – so it’s a good compromise for groups with differing tastes.
Where? Clapham Common
When? 24-25 August
Somerset House Summer Series
Catch acts like Gossip, Nao, Doves and Parcels amid the neoclassical courtyard of Somerset House, an 18th century building sitting on the bank of the Thames. The annual Summer Series offers a mixed bag of acts, with a line-up straddling soul, hip-hop, and funk music. Expect cool crowds in elegant settings.
Where? Somerset House
When? 11-21 July
Returning to Gunnersbury Park this year is Citadel, a chilled Sunday festival this year featuring the likes of Bastille, Friendly Fires, and Catfish and the Bottlemen. Alongside the music, there’s also a top line-up of comedy, music, food & drink and workshops.
Where? Gunnersbury Park
When? 14 July
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