Where to find grooves and good times in the city’s green spaces all summer long – the best music and cultural festivals in London in 2017
Saturday 3 June 2017 | Victoria Park
BEST FOR: HIPSTERS + DADS WITH A PASS
Continuing its legacy of booking the best alternative acts, Field Day’s twin headline acts Run The Jewel and Aphex Twin will be joined by Arab Strap, Death Grips, Flamingods, Slowdive and many others. For sustenance, head to revered street food traders like Mexican-vegan Club Mexicana and queen of fried chicken, Mother Clucker.
Address: Field Day, Victoria Park, Grove Road, Hackney, London E3
Tickets: £64.50 + BF
Sunday 4 June 2017 | Victoria Park
BEST FOR: DANCING QUEENS
Get glittery for this riotous celebration of alternative club culture. After a high camp weekender at Butlins in Bognor Regis last year, Mighty Hoopla launches as a one-day outdoor festival. Expect All Saints, Sophie Ellis-Bexter and Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon, rave act Snap!, Bongo’s Bingo and drag-queen hoedowns. Be sure to catch neon-haired Finnish singer-songwriter Alma performing Chasing Highs, which you’ll then be humming until Christmas.
Address: Mighty Hoopla, Victoria Park, Grove Road, Hackney, London E3
Tickets: £35 + BF
Saturday 10 June 2017 | Shepherd’s Bush
BEST FOR: IN-THE-KNOW MUSIC LOVERS
Like the dream pub crawl, the one-day Bushstock Festival showcases artists – both well-known and raw, un-mainstream,on-the-verge-of-greatness artists – in intimate settings around The Bush (St Stephen’s Church and Bush Hall win for atmosphere). You’ll then spend the next 12 months watching the rest of the world discover them. Expect The Staves, Aine Cahil, Basia Bulat, FOURS, Liv Dawson and others.
Address: Bushstock Festival, Various venues around Shepherd’s Bush, London W12
Tickets: £35 + BF
Southport Weekender Festival
Saturday 10 June 2017 | Finsbury Park
BEST FOR: OLD-SCHOOL RAVERS
These guys know a thing or two about throwing a party – they’ve been doing it for 28 years. After a one-year break and a relocation to London, Southport Weekender relaunches this year as a one-day outdoor festival. Statesmen on the bill include Roger Sanchez, Jazzie B, Joey Negro, Kerri ‘Kaoz’ Chandler and LTJ Bukem.
Address: Southport Weekender Festival, Finsbury Park, N4
Tickets: £35 + BF
Live at Chelsea
Thursday 15 + Sunday 18 June 2017 | Royal Hospital Chelsea
BEST FOR: GENTEEL GROOVERS
In the uniquely historic setting of the lawns of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, home of the Chelsea Pensioners, this musical weekend kicks off with Indie-pop festival veterans Belle and Sebastian on Thursday 15 June, followed by Chelsea Fireworks Prom featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on the Friday and two concerts by Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi on the Saturday and Sunday. Upgrade your ticket to include the Quartermaster’s BBQ and cocktails.
Address: Live at Chelsea, Royal Hospital Chelsea, SW3
Tickets: From £35 + BF for Belle and Sebastian and Chelsea Fireworks Prom and from £65 + BF for Ludovico Einaudi
British Summer Time
Friday 30 June + Sunday 9 July 2017 | Hyde Park
BEST FOR: BIG HITS AND SINGALONGS
With two ticketed weekends of major international acts and four days of free ‘Open House’ events in between, you would be hard-pushed not to find something that tickles your fancy. Justin Bieber, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Tom Petty and other giants not your bag? Then why not opt for one of the free open-air movie nights, Wimbledon screenings and ‘I Love Musicals’ sing-songs on the weekday evenings in between.
Address: British Summer Time, Hyde Park, London W2
Tickets: From £62.50 + BF
Friday 30 June 2017 | Elstree
BEST FOR: GLOBETROTTERS-IN-WAITING
This overnighter is for travellers intrepid enough to schlep to the end of the Jubilee Line. It’s set on a glampsite outside the north London village of Elstree, and hosted by Sir Ranulph Fiennes to raise funds for his Transglobe Expedition Trust. Taking place around a big campfire, eight adventurers will share their recent experiences with 300 lucky guests. Catch Spike Reid, just back from stand-up paddleboarding the River Ganges, and Laura Bingham who crossed South America by bicycle without a penny, plus eight-piece live band The Vagaband, free pizza from the Proper Pizza Company and bubbles from the Bubble Brothers Prosecco van.
Address: Campfire 2017, Home Farm, Elstree, Hertfordshire WD6 3AW (nearest tube stations: Stanmore or Edgware)
Tickets: From £65 (£45 for concessions)
Saturday 1 July 2017 | Finsbury Park
BEST FOR: HOMEGROWN TALENT
In previous years this festival was spread between various venues in Hoxton and Shoreditch. In 2017, for the first time, it’s all in one green and leafy place – Finsbury Park – with an all-Brit line-up. Tune your air guitars for Catfish and the Bottlemen, Liverpool rockers The Wombats and the UK’s favourite punk duo, Slaves. Be sure to catch new kids The Hunna, Fickle Friends and Darlia.
Address: Community, Finsbury Park, London N4
Tickets: £35 + BF
Friday 7 + Sunday 9 July 2017 | Finsbury Park
BEST FOR: HIP-HOPSTERS
This urban music festival celebrates the newest and best hip hop, grime and R&B and a fleet of big US names will appear. Headliner Chance the Rapper, who scooped Best Rap Performance, Best New Artist and Best Rap Album at the Grammies, will be joined by Ferry Wap, Sean Paul and the Weeknd plus favourites from home like Skepta, Wiley and Section Boyz.
Address: Wireless Festival, Finsbury Park, London N4
Tickets: From £65 + BF
Kew The Music
Tuesday 11 + Sunday 16 July 2017 | Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
BEST FOR: NOSTALGIA AND FAMILY KICKS
A weeklong festival of summer concerts next to the Orangery in Kew Gardens, it’s time to dig out that picnic hamper. There’s Passenger, Razorlight, All Saints, James, Mary J Blige and even a classical tribute to iconic Manc dance club Hacienda. And with Freixenet the main sponsor, you won’t go short on bubbly.
Address: Kew The Music, Kew Gardens, TW9
Tickets: From £45 + BF
Friday 14 + Saturday 15 July 2017 | Victoria Park
BEST FOR: COOL CATS AND CLUBBERS
Enigmatic Frank Ocean is doing his only London date of a massive European tour at this year’s Lovebox, founded 15 years ago by DJs Groove Armada. A dance-music festival at heart, there are always surprises from other genres plus plenty of performance art, interesting food, boutiques and other twists.
Address: Lovebox, Victoria Park, E3
Tickets: From £64.50 + BF