5 London festivals we’re looking forward to this summer

All the great spots for grooves, great grub and good people…London festivals.


Nothing gets Londoners more excited than a brand new glittering event, and Kaleidoscope festival is no different. Set high above the capital in the beautiful surroundings of Alexandra Palace, the festival will play host to huge live performances including appearances from The Flaming Lips, Ghostpoet, Mystery Jets, alongside mesmerising DJ sets from the likes of The 2 Bears, Norman Jay MBE, Don Letts and more. Also on the bill will be some of the most exciting names in theatre and performance, including immersive experts RIFT and the death-defying Gorilla Circus.

Kaleidoscope @ Alexandra Park & Palace, 21 July 2018


16 years and counting, this festival shows no signs of slowing down. Now in its new home of Gunnersbury Park, this year’s festival promises more surprises than ever. Expect DJ sets from Annie Mac and live music from Skepta, Diplo and Sza.

Lovebox @ Gunnersbury Park, 13th and 14th July 2018


Get ready for the ultimate summer Sunday as the folks of Citadel are back to bring you the most independent-focused festival around.  From glitter boutiques to mass yoga workshops, this one-day event is the Sunday-Funday of your dreams. Acts include La Femme, Tame Impala, Leon Bridges and ChVrches.

Citadel @ Gunnersbury Park, 15th July 2018

South West Four

If electronic dance is your thing, then SW4 is your kind of party. Starting life as a local outdoor dance event, this festival has grown to be one of Europe’s most-loved electro-dance festivals – featuring huge names in the genre, who pack in the crowds every summer. Expect Dizzee Rascal, Jonas Blue, SIGMA, Oliver Heldens, Martin Solveig, Hannah Wants and Lethal Bizzle.

South West Four @ Clapham Common, 25 Aug & 26 Aug 2018

Walthamstow Garden Party

The neighbourhood party we’d all like on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon – waltzing into your local park for a free festival, offering the best in international music, theatre, dance and circus performances and workshops. Run collaboratively between the local council and the Barbican Centre, the festival even has a designers’ market and a craft tent.

Walthamstow Garden Party @ Lloyds Park, 14th July 2018

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