Three days with a handful of acts currently announced for each, it's a little disheartening to see no British headliners in a festival called The Ends. Still, Nas, Wizkid and Damian Marley are all excellent choices. And seeing Nadia Rose in her Croydon hometown should be epic. There are an ambitious bands squeezed in around 20 venues in just two days, so the key is to see as much as possible.
One pro tip though — don't try rushing to wherever a headliner Frank Turner and Deaf Havana is playing minutes before their show. There's a strong chance you won't get in. The name isn't quite so accurate anymore as this is the first year it's ditching the field for four giant, connected warehouses in Enfield. It's a seismic change, that looks to keep Field Day ahead of the competitors.
That anticipation only builds once taking the ridiculous line-up into consideration. Each stage has its own curator — our pick of the bunch is Soho record store Phonica's stage on Friday. It's a mecca for electronic music in London, so there's no surprise it's done such a good job curating a stage: Hunee's tunes should perfectly complement the leafy surroundings.
The big question on everyone's lips is That's right, Busted are playing. Enough said. But who gives a damn what people think when you're having the time of your life? That's the mood at Mighty Hoopla , a festival that just wants people to have a hell of a lot of fun. And look, Chaka Khan is headlining. Ain't nobody that could have a bad time here.
At Cross The Tracks , she's surrounded by funk, jazz and some classic Motown soul. The festival also has plenty of acts crafting the future of jazz, funk and electronic music, through alchemic genre fusions. The Kooks top the bill, but that doesn't mean the whole day can be written off as a mid-noughties nostalgia-fest.
We're not sure what the name Community has to do with it all though — blandest-named festival in London? In all honesty, calling Innervisions a festival shows the diverse use of that term today — this is more a series of similarly-themed gigs across the city.
Of those gigs, we reckon the Fela Kuti tribute night at EartH — an excellent new venue in Stoke Newington — might be the best under-the-radar bet. Various locations, various prices, book ahead , July. Actually we say that, but historically Wireless was an entirely different beast — David Gray once headlined the festival up in Leeds.
Don't worry hip hop heads, none of that this year. For our money though, the highlight of the weekend will be west London's AJ Tracey rounding off a mega-year that saw him release his critically - acclaimed debut album. Finsbury Park, tickets are sold out but keep an eye out here to see if any more become available, July. In between the two weekends of musical brilliance comes BST Open House, when you can wander into the site for free and enjoy cinema screenings, pop-up bars, circus, cabaret and much more.
Hyde Park, various prices, book ahead. LOVEBOX: Another one of the London mainstays, this is the ideal festival for people who like to dance, but often want the songs that make them dance to have lyrics. Ok, that's reductive — there are quite a few straight up rappers and electronic music artists here.
Dress code is colourful but cool — see what vintage Fila or Adidas you can get your hands on at a trendy second hand shop. Although we fully expect the highlight to be Sunday's headliner — the redoubtable Grace Jones. Catfish and the Bottlemen and Bastille are the top acts, which might mean the punter age skews a little younger than some others on this list.
Curiously the festival takes on an astronomy vibe for its non-music areas. We expect most people will interpret this space-theme through glitter but why don't you one-up them with a full astronaut outfit? London International Music Festival brings together young musicians from around the globe to perform in some of London's most prestigious venues — Central Hall Westminster, Southwark Cathedral, Conway Hall and more — in a supportive environment. Various locations, free entry, just turn up, July.
Run entirely by volunteers on the picturesque Forty Hall Farm — hence the name — in Enfield, Livestock is in its impressive eighth year.
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Held in the leafy Green Belt, this year marks the fest's fifth birthday, and it's celebrating the only way it knows how. Masses of house music with a dash of garage, a hint of soul and a dollop of disco across seven stages. This is another festival dedicated to making your body move but with acts like Goldie, Big Narstie and Hannah Wants, Eastern Electrics has a hard edge.
Expect bass. The kind that may leave your ears ringing for a week. If that sounds a bit much, you can always just follow the roaming samba band around the site for two straight days. MELTDOWN: Despite being named after a word best associated with nuclear disasters, Meltdown festival is a far more civilised affair than the majority of events on this list.
One legendary artist curates a week of gigs at the Southbank Centre. Recent curators include M. His lineup is yet to be announced, but here's hoping it's full of disco and soul. Not two DJs playing one guy's house. Surely that's not a festival. It is for Art's House.
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So, it's not really Artwork's house, instead the stage is designed to make it look like a house. On a patch of greenery enclosed by the Lea Valley River, this is a wonderfully eccentric addition to the London scene. To emphasise this point, the bill has Chicago House legend Derrick Carter, but the poster very clearly states after his name 'does disco'.
That set should be special, but we're most excited for Mister Saturday Night.
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They're famous for their Saturday night parties in hipster-haven Brooklyn, but can they do it on a 'hopefully sunny, but possibly rainy', Saturday afternoon in east London? Time to find out. The line-up is massive. Dance music is a broad church, so if you and your mates all have differing tastes this could be the festival for you — there's at least one act on this behemoth of this line-up that everyone will go crazy for.
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