Dust off your wellies, fill up your hip flask and break out your pac-a-mac because festival season is nearly upon us. The weather is already perfect – raining STILL – now all you need to do is pick up some tickets. But where to go…? Whilst some people will be shipping off to Glastonbury come June, or heading over to the Isle of Wight for Bestival in September, others prefer the stay at home type festival.
So, if like some of us you live in London and you don’t really fancy the whole washing your hair for four days with dry shampoo camping experience, or you just fancy a trip to the capital to see some music here’s our guide to the best festivals happening in London this summer…
1. Yahoo! Wireless Festival
After amazing performances from Nicky Minaj and Rihanna last year, Wireless is back and pulling out all the stops again. From Justin Timberlake to Jay-Z you can expect to see some of the biggest names in music grace their two main stages. Plus they’re moving venues from Hyde Park to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which means for all those living in East London it’s going to be a hop, skip and a jump to get home – or a really quick train journey.
When: 12th – 14-th July
Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Tickets: With a line up like the one Wireless has planned tickets are selling out fast, you can get details on where to buy them from the official website.
A favourite with Londoners everywhere Lovebox has none other than Cara Delevingne’s BFF Azealia Banks headlining on the Friday night this year. Held at Victoria Park she will be joined by Plan B on the Saturday and Goldfrapp on the Sunday. There are eight stages in total which means there is absolutely something for everybody and you can get tickets for one, two or all three days. Last year the festival was actually graced with sunshine so it could mean an excuse to wear a relatively normal pair of shoes and to get your shorts out. We’re getting excited just thinking about the possibility.
When: 19th – 21st of July
Where: Victoria Park
Tickets: If you fancy going to Lovebox this year check out their website for more information on how to buy tickets.
3. FOUND at Haggerston Park
A new festival for this year, FOUND at Haggerston Park will suit all those who love their electronic music. Think Maya Jane Coles headlining, Shadow Child and AudioJack. This is a small-ish festival which means there’s no chance of you loosing your friends and Haggerston Park is situated smack bang in the middle of trendy Shoreditch. As well as getting to sample an eclectic mix of sounds there will also be all sorts of delicious street food on offer. If that’s not enough for anyone who has the stamina there’ll be an after party at a soon to be announced location. Get your red bulls in now!
When: 15th June
Where: Haggerston Park
Tickets: Early bird tickets have already sold out but you can still pick one up for a very reasonable £45 on the Resident Advisor website.
4. Field Day
Don’t be confused by the name Field Day is not actually held in a field but Victoria Park, this is probably because there aren’t actually many fields in London. By far the best thing about Field Day – bar music such as Bat For Lashes and Disclosure – is that they have actual field games. We’re talking tug of war and egg and spoon races – get your competitive spirit at the ready! Once you’ve worn yourself out pulling on a bit of rope we advise heading over to get some food which is provided by Venn Street Market which is usually open on Clapham Common, according to our sources they do an amazing hog roast.
When: 25th May 2013
Where: Victoria Park
Tickets: You can either buy your tickets online or from a whole host of shops, for more information head over to the Field Day website.
Held across three warehouses in Shoreditch, Streetfest brings together music, art and sport for a day of bank holiday fun. There will be artists spraying live graffiti, skateboarders er, skating and DJs playing all day long – there’s also a photobooth, who doesn’t love a photobooth? After picking up a burger and a few drinks festival goers are encouraged to spend the whole day dancing. As the festival is held over the bank holiday you don’t even need to feel guilty for drinking on a Sunday, in fact it’s positively encouraged, just don’t blame us if you find yourself stuck in a porta-loo queue.
When: 5th May
Where: Hearn Street Car Park, Shoreditch
Tickets: Tickets are between £10 - £15 and you can find information on where to get them on the Streetfest website.
SW4 is like the ultimate London dance festival, transforming Clapham Common from a serene grassland loved by the rugby shirt wearing locals to an all-night rave up. This is the perfect end to the summer and a last chance to party before the winter sets in (is it ever not winter here). This years performers include Afrojack (he used to go out with Paris Hilton fact fans) and Example (he didn’t used to go out with Paris Hilton). Last year Eric Prydz said the festival was ‘So good I named a track after it’ – if that’s not a reason to go, we don’t know what is.
When: 24th- 25th of August
Where: Clapham Common
Tickets: You can go on either Saturday or Sunday for under £50 or you can pick up a weekend ticket for £95 – bargain.