Festival season is nearly upon us, which means we’re breaking in our mud-laden wellies, dragging out ripped and random outfits from the backs of wardrobes and shining up our bum bags to prepare for the barrage of beats, eats and festi treats 2019 has to offer. You may have had a tinker through our world music festival guide, but how about casting an eye over all the things happening on our doorstep? Grab your hammer and get ready to pitch up, things are about to get in-tents…
Kicking off proceedings as one of the year’s earlier festivals, We Are FSTVL does just what it says on the tin, producing beats in a nod to the summer that’s yet to come. The extravaganza set across three days boasts hundreds of DJs, 16 stages to bounce around at and champers bars that’ll have you feeling as VIP as those performing. This year, the line-up oozes huge names including Andy C, Chase & Status, Marco Carola, Nina Kraviz, The Black Madonna, Bugzy Malone, Craig David, Sigma.
24-26th of May
Wireless is pretty much a classic when it comes to festivals. Huge stage, even bigger crowds and a good bit of rare English sunshine. Could we ask for more? Taking place in July, Wireless resides as the UK’s biggest urban music festi, with acts from the grime, hip-hop and garage scenes pumping up the volume to eager partiers. Past acts include huge name-drops, Stormzy, J. Cole and DJ Khaled, as well as Drake and Kendrick Lamar. Kanye believe it?
5th-7th of July
We’ve fallen in Lovebox, unsurprisingly as its ecclectic line-up makes for a festival that could easily appeal to one and all. Last edition, the line-up boasted big ol’ names such as Childish Gambino, Skepta, Bonobo and N.E.R.D. and we’ve got our money on this year keeping within those impressive lines. Taking place in the capital itself, Lovebox primarily champions the love of music, with other fantastical happenings thrown in such as vintage fairs, roller discos and a whole host of tasty food and drink.
12-13th of July
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Techno and bass lovers unite – Eastern Electrics Fest will rattle up London before summer ends with eight stages of raving, including Main Stage, The Big Top, The Switchyard and The VIP. The line-up is yet to be announced but the name itself has us sold.
3-4th of August
Clapham Common is being taken over by ravers for two days, and you’re invited! South West Four is an electronic music celebration that sees huge names gracing the greenery, including last year’s Marshmello, Dizzee Rascal, Armin van Buuren. The line-up for 2019 is yet to be released so watch this space, party people.
24-25th of August
Where: 26 Clapham Common South Side, SW4 0HY
After the success of last year, Jam On Rye is back with a bang, wop, Kelis chiming out the tunes and Jazzie B banging out the beats. Plus, courtesy of KERB street food giants there will be delicious eats to accompany the beats. Across four stages ravers will enjoy a host of music including Omar, Alex Rita and The Colours That Rise.
27th of May
Field Day has consistently proved itself to be one of the UK’s leading festivals with booming line-ups each time it graces us with its presence. This year, the festival is moving to Enfield’s Meridian Park with four interlinked warehouse spaces on offer.
7-8th of June
Where: Meridian Water, N18
It’s one day but boy is it a good’un, Gala Festival takes place in Peckham Rye Park and gives a hint of just what’s to come in 2019 with its curated house, disco and party music. It may be a warm up for bigger festi’s like Glastonbury but it’s a real good-time only event you won’t want to miss with a line-up that includes Chez Damier, Honey Dijon, Gerd Janson, Horse Meat Disco and more!
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Hoop-de-hoop! Everyone loves a hoopla, although some are definitely better at it than others – mine, for example, falls straight down by body as I awkwardly attempt to clasp onto the swinging the hips thing. Coming to Brockwell Park, the crazy event is filled to the brim with pop music, crazy colours, glitter and an LGBT-friendly embrace. We’re talking vivacious dresses, shiny welly boots and your brightest bum bags as you watch performers including All Saints, Bananarama, Liberty X and way more.
8th of June
Where: Brockwell Park, Brixton, Norwood Road, SE24 9BJ
Festivals aside, this is the real party of the summer. Notting Hill Carnival returns for another year – because let’s face it, if it didn’t we’d all be in a mad panic. The stalwart London carni is a free two-day celebration of Caribbean culture that’s noisy, colourful and comes with awful loos which is everything we’d expect from a festival.
25-26th of August
Looking to party on more of a global scale? Check out our big festival guide here