Lead image: British Summertime Festival Hyde Park (photo courtesy: BST on Facebook/Tom Hannock)
You don’t need to travel far for your festival fix – London has a great lineup of summer festivals with headliners from all around the world including the likes of M.I.A.,
Here are 10 of the best…
1 M.I.A.’s Meltdown, Southbank Centre
Internationally known rapper, producer and activist M.I.A. guest directs the 24th year of Southbank Centre’s music festival, Meltdown, running 9-18 June 2017. The festival is famed for bringing to life the world of its curator, counting Patti Smith, David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Morrissey and Massive Attack among those who have had the honour. This year M.I.A. will be filling the riverside venue with the electronic stylings of Young Fathers, the reggae dance beats of I Wayne and Dexta Daps, the hip hop swag of Young M.A and many more. M.I.A. herself will close the series with a special performance of her own. Tickets on sale now, with prices varying from £15-£50. A number of events are free.
2 Greenwich Music Time, Old Royal Naval College
For six days this July, Greenwich Music Time returns to the glorious maritime setting of the Old Royal Naval College for a live festival overlooking the Thames. Headliners include The Jacksons (previously the iconic pop group The Jackson 5, but of course), the legendary Cliff Richards and those feisty pop sensations, Little Mix. Tickets for this event have already gone on sale and are going fast. Tickets vary from £29.50-£79 for VIP packages (indignant a Scaffold Tour of the Iconic Painted Hall, Drinks, Canapés and a Private Bar), rising to £195 for a back stage meet-and-greet with Alexander O’Neal.)
3 Live at Chelsea Show, The Royal Hospital
Live at Chelsea will host performers from 15-18 June 2017. Following the success of last year’s inaugural Chelsea Fireworks Prom, this special evening is back on 16 of June, featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra playing iconic British compositions against a backdrop of fireworks. On 15 June its legendary indie-pop band Belle & Sebastian, then on the 17th and 18th Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi takes to the stage. Tickets are on sale now, with the option of upgrading to the Quartermaster’s BBQ casual dining package, or the VIP State Apartments Dinner. Prices vary from £38.50-£71.50, rising to £290.16 for the State Apartments Dinner.
4 Hampton Court Palace Festival, Hampton Court Palace
This summer the beautiful ground of Hampton Court Palace will once again open up for a series of spectacular performances. From 7-24 June 2017 you can catch soulful singer James Morrison, Grammy award-winner Corinne Bailey Rae, Will Young’s Summer Jazz Sessions, Michael Ball and Alfie Bow, Jools Holland, Rick Astley, Bryan Ferry and more, as well as the Fanfare & Fireworks finale with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Tickets are on sale now priced £39-£99 with the option of buying a VIP pass for a luxury dining experience.
5 Summer Series, Somerset House
Running from 6-16 July 2017 Summer Series boasts a world-class line-up to play for crowds gathered at the beautiful outdoor stage. The concert series kicks off with American singer Norah Jones, and also features stars such as Goldfrapp, Birdy, The Robert Glasper Experiment and Foster the People. Tickets are on sale now and some gigs have already sold out, so do be quick! Prices vary from £29.50-£40 with enhanced tickets available for an additional £20, granting access to the private West Wing Bar with a free drink on arrival (Peroni Ambra, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, wine or soft drink).
6 British Summer Time Festival, Hyde Park
British Summer Time returns to Hyde Park with another huge line-up from 30 June to 9 July 2017. Since its debut in 2013 the alfresco stage has welcomed the likes of the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and Massive Attack. This year it’s back with another star-studded roll call, including Phil Collins, Green Day, Justin Bieber, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, supported by former Fleetwood Mac star Stevie Nicks. Open House returns again this year, when the site is open for free in between two weekends of legendary musical line-ups, on Monday 3, Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5 and Friday 7 July. There will be open-air movie nights like last year, plus live music and entertainment, street food, pop-up bars, tennis screenings and more (you’ll need to sign up for the cinema screenings). Tickets available now, priced £72.40 for general admission. A number of priority, VIP tickets and experience tickets are also available, costing up to £465 for the Terrace View Ticket and Hotel Experience.
7 Lovebox, Victoria Park
Lovebox’s two day music Victoria Park extravaganza returns on 14-15 July 2017, welcoming prolific artists Frank Ocean, Mac Miller, Chase & Status and Kano. The incredible line-up isn’t the only reason to attend though, the festival also boasts a wide array of street food and cocktail bars. In between musical acts you can enjoy the fun and games, karaoke, pop tart boutique and body decorating stations. Tickets are on sale now, priced £64.50-£69.50 for a day ticket and £115 for a weekend ticket. VIP options available.
8 Citadel, Victoria Park
Citadel takes over Victoria Park on 16 June 2017 with Oxford quintet the Foals headlining. They will be accompanied by other acts from Bonobo, Laura Marling, Wild Beasts, Michael Kiwanuka and more. The festival combines musical talent with London’s creativity, the line-up also includes talks and debates, workshops, wellbeing, sports, fashion boutiques, family fun and street food. Tickets are on sale now priced £55.25.
9 Community Festival, Finsbury Park
For one day only on 1 July 2017, Community Festival will be taking over Finsbury Park with a wave of popular British and Irish bands. Catfish and the Bottlemen, Slaves, The Wombats and Nothing But Thieves will be headlining, supported by The Hunna, Darlia, Fickle Friends, RedFaces and more. Tickets are available now priced £35 for the day.
10 Mighty Hoopla, Victoria Park
Mighty Hoopla invites music lovers to Victoria Park on 4 June 2017 for a celebration of alternative club culture with musical artists Years & Years belting out the hits that made them London singing sensations. Not your average festival, Mighty Hoopla will also welcome east London drag legends The Twinnies, the comedy female group Figs in Wigs, edgy pop star ALMA and other alternative performing groups to their stage. Tickets £30.