Guide to music festivals and open-air concerts in London in summer 2013
Our British summer is shorter than we would like to be, but we can always guarantee the biggest music acts and DJs in the world will be drawn towards London for a series of open-air gigs and festivals. Here’s a one-stop guide to what’s on and where to get tickets. However, be aware that many will sell out in advance so I would recommend getting your tickets asap.
- 29 – 30 June : Hard Rock Calling
Bruce Springsteen, Alabama Shakes, Kasabian, Klaxons, Paul Wellers and The Black Crowes are among the acts rocking this year’s Hard Rock Calling, which has moved to Queen Elizabeth Park. Tickets start from £51.75. Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford, E20 2ST. Nearest tube: Stratford. For more information, visit the Hard Rock Calling website.
- 5 – 14 July: British Summer Time @ Hyde Park
A festival of music, comedy and theatre at Hyde Park. Includes concerts from Bon Jovi, Bush, Eliza Doolittle, Sir Elton John, Jake Bugg, Jennifer Lopez, JLS, Kaiser Chiefs, Lionel Richie, Paul Young, Stooshe, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, The Saturdays and The Vaccines, among others. Tickets for main stage concerts range from £35 to £95. Hyde Park, W2 2UH. Nearest tube: Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge or Marble Arch. For more information and tickets, visit the British Summer Time website.
- 6 July : Carnaby Sound
One day free music festival in Soho’s Carnaby Street. Featuring live music from artists and bands in a wide range on genres. Also includes food stalls, store promotions and activities, complimentary drinks. Nearest tube: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Carnaby Street website.
- 9 – 14 July : Kew the Music
Six day festival features big names including Paul Weller, Blondie, Leona Lewis and Jools Holland performing at outdoor picnic concerts against the backdrop of the Victorian Temperate House at Kew Gardens. Tickets start from £35.50. Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AB. Tube: Kew Gardens. For more information, visit the Kew Gardens website.
- 11 – 21 July : Summer Series at Somerset House
The open-air concerts in the courtyard of Somerset House returns again in July. Acts include Lianne La Havas, Tom Odell, Jessie Ware, Goldfrapp and Bassment Jaxx. Tickets: £27.50 (not including booking fees). Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA. Nearest tube: Temple or Holborn. For more information, visit the Somerset House website.
- 12 – 14 July : Wireless Festival
Wireless has moved from its previous site in Hyde Park to Queen Elizabeth Park. Acts over the three days include Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Emeli Sande, Rita Ora and Calvin Harris. Although some tickets are sold out, there are some still available. Tickets start from £75 (not including fees). Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford, E20 2ST. Nearest tube: Stratford. For more information, visit the Yahoo! Wireless Festival website.
- 19 – 21 July : Lovebox
The hugely popular Lovebox returns to Victoria Park in East London. Acts include Plan B, Goldfrapp, Azealia Banks, Jurassic 5, Hurts, Rudimental, AlunaGeorge, Mark Ronson, Disclosure, Frankie Knuckles, Derrick Carter and Duke Dumount. Tickets start from £35. Victoria Park Rd, Hackney, E3 5SN. Nearest tube: Bethnal Green or Mile End. For more information, visit the Lovebox website.
- 20 July : Electric Daisy Carnival
The popular American dance music festival comes to the UK for one day only. Includes some of the world’s biggest DJs, including Avicii, Alesso, Dirty South, Goldie, Madeon, Mat Zo, Steve Angello, Tiesto and Tom Starr. Tickets: £72.50. Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford, E20 2ST. Nearest tube: Stratford. For more information, visit the Electric Daisy Carnival website.
- 2 – 4 August : Eastern Electrics Festival
Not quite London, but very near indeed is the three day camping dance festival Eastern Electrics at Knebworth Park in Hertfordshire. Featuring 6 stages, acts include Kerri Chandler, Hot Natured, Maya Jane Coles, Dave Clarke, Seth Troxler and many, many more will be spinning their tracks. Tickets: £40-£129 depending on how many days and with or without camping. Knebworth Park, Herts, SG1 2AX. Nearest train station: Knebworth (from Kings Cross). For more information, visit the Eastern Electric Festival website.
- 10 August : Homelanz
A festival celebrating the best of the Southern Hemisphere, so perfect for all those South African, Kiwi and Aussie ex-pats. Featuring music, entertainment, culture, food and drink, silent disco, and a kids zone. Music from Blue King Brown, Tahuna Breaks, What Now, Ngati Ranana, Bowie Jane and more. Tickets £30. Boston Manor Park, Boston Manor Road, Brentford, Middx, TW8 9JX. Nearest tube: Boston Manor. For more information and tickets, visit the Homelanz website.
- 10 August : Visions Festival
Sexbeat – the team behind Radfest – have started up a new festival, covering three venues in East London – Oval Space, Netil House and London Fields Brewhouse. Acts include (Chk Chk Chk), Fucked Up, Cloud Nothings, Koreless, Iceage and The Haxan Cloak. Tickets £22.50. For more information, listings and tickets, visit the Visions Festival website.
- 16 – 18 August : Crystal Palace Garden Party
Three day music festival in Crystal Palace Park, featuring entertainment from Just Floyd, The Blockheads, Secret Police, The Proms and local bands. Will also include a funfair, stilt-walkers, face-painters, clowns, comedy, food beer and wine. Tickets start from £15 for adults depending on what days or a 2-3 day pass. Nearest train: Crystal Palace (Overground and British Rail). For more information, visit the Crystal Palace Garden Party website.
- 16 – 18 August : One Love Festival
Festival which promotes the message of the late Bob Marley, with reggae and ragga music, amongst others. Features music from Don Letts, General Levy, Joshua Moses, King Jammy, Lady Jane, Mr Quest, Ragga Twins and much more. Tickets start from £40 for adults, £25 for children. Damyn’s Hall Aerodrome, Upminster, Essex RM14 2TN. Nearest tube: Upminster. For more information, visit the One Love website.
- 23 August – 1 September : Live By The Lake
Open air concerts against the stunning backdrop of Kenwood House. Includes gigs by Suede, Keane, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera and Michael Ball. Tickets start from £32.50. Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, NW3 7JR. Nearest tube: Archway or Hampstead Heath (overground). For more information, visit the Live By The Lake website.
- 24 – 25 August : South West Four
Clapham Common festival celebrates its 10th year. Acts include Armin Van Buuren, Afrojack, Laidback Luke, Example, Andy C, Nicky Romero, Carl Cox, Pete Tong, Groove Armada, Paul Oakenfold, Erick Morillo, John Digweed, Paul Van Dyk and Eric Prydz. Tickets start from £50. Clapham Common, SW4. Nearest tube: Clapham Common. For more information and tickets, visit the South West Four website.
- 25 – 26 August : Notting Hill Carnival
Long-running institution returns to the streets of West London. Plenty of soundstages will be dotted around featuring a wide range of music. Then of course there’s the carnival itself. Free. Sunday is more geared towards children, while Monday is the adults’ day. Check TFL website for transport information because many stations nearby will be closed. For more information, check out the Notting Hill Carnival website.
For Metro Girl’s guide to what else is on in London in July, read Guide to what’s on in London in August 2013
For a guide to open-air and pop up cinemas in London this summer, read Cinema under the stars: Guide to open air cinemas in London