Check out the best music festivals taking place in London this summer 2017:
British Summer Time
Friday 30 June - Sunday 9 July 2017 | Hyde Park
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.
Friday 7 - Sunday 9 July 2017 | Finsbury Park
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.
13 - 15 July 2017 | Bygrave Woods, Hertfordshire
Held in a clearing in Bygraves woods situated in leafy Hertfordshire, the site is perfect for the intrepid explorer who likes the odd expedition involving creative stages, installations, and a groundbreaking international talent whilst still only being 40 mins from the big smoke.
Friday 14 - Saturday 15 July 2017 | Victoria Park
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.
Sunday 16 July 2017 | Victoria Park
Delivering the ultimate summer Sunday, this one-day event brings great music largely of the independent, folksy variety, excellent food from Jerk and Twerk bbq chicken to Bubbledogs hot dogs and lots of quirky side events. Check out the Spandex Stage for mass yoga and Hoop Hop classes and the dancehall workout. Alongside headliners Foals and Laura Marling, don't miss the brilliant Maggie Rogers.
Saturday 5 August 2017 | Hackney
This one-day celebration of emerging bands and DJs, art, food and culture takes place over five indoor venues and three outdoor spaces across Hackney. Announced so far are Liars, Frankie Cosmos, Zebra Katz and Goat Girl among others. You can also expect punk rock karaoke, a record fair, screen print classes, cook-offs and a street food and craft beer market.
51st State Festival
Saturday 5 August | Cockfosters
It may be just 20 minutes from King's Cross on the Piccadilly Line but Trent Country Park feels almost rural, in a good way. And now it's home to 51st State Festival, a celebration of US House music, garage, Soul, Disco and Caribbean, featuring the likes of Todd Terry and Norman Jay MBE.
Eastern Electrics Festival
Saturday 5 August 2017 | Morden Park
Born out of the London warehouse clubbing scene, Eastern Electrics is at the cutting edge of House & Techno, providing a rollicking good dance party with an Ibiza vibe. Expect Carl Cox, Ame and Darius Syrossian on the main stage and a fleet of top DJs from elite clubbing institutions worldwide in other tents.
South West Four
August 26-27 | Clapham Common
It’s London’s biggest dance festival, hands down – so if glow-sticks and all-night raves are more your thing than sweaty teenagers moshing, this is certainly the one for you. From returning drum 'n' bass titans Pendulum to perhaps house’s biggest troll/DJ, Deadmau5, all corners of dance music is covered throughout its eclectic lineup.
Hope our guide has helped you plan your summer!