Exams will soon be over, the sunshine is here to stay, and there’s nothing that screams summer louder than a good festival. So if you’re in London, here’s a little taster of what’s in store for you this summer.
“…world-class artists, spectacular fireworks and fantastic culinary experiences…”
Hampton Court Palace Festival, 8th – 18th June, Hampton Court Palace
For a unique experience visit the Hampton Court Palace Festival. The Tudor palace’s courtyard creates a rare atmosphere for the performance of world-class artists, spectacular fireworks and fantastic culinary experiences – this year a picnic courtesy of Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts. Its 2011 line up is international gold: Don McLean, Bryan Adams, Jools Holland and Ringo Starr, will make appearances together with Brian May and the West End’s Kerry Ellis. Alfie Boe, Britain’s favourite tenor, will be headlining the festival finale on 18th June. Prices start at £45.
See www.hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com for details.
Wireless, 1st – 3rd July, Hyde Park
For the seventh year running, Hyde Park is set to welcome Wireless Festival. Its stages play host to a multitude of musical genres from dance and electro, to pop and rock, which feature established acts alongside the best up-and-coming artists. Headlining this year’s festival are The Black Eyed Peas, The Chemical Brothers and Pulp. What’s more, Wireless provides a melange of festival fun, including a huge beer garden, interactive games, chilling areas and food stalls. Prices start at £52.25, but why not check out some of their amazing “Experience Packages.”
See www.wirelessfestival.co.uk for details.
“…student loan friendly!”
South London Calling, 9th July, Crystal Palace Park
Dance lovers should try South London Calling at Crystal Palace, 9th July. The line-up is crammed with talent from old school DJs to newer beats: Sidney Samson, Sebastien Drums, Juan Kidd, Steve Smart, Ratpack, Slipmatt. At £30, it’s student-loan-friendly!
For tickets and further information visit www.southlondoncalling.com
Lovebox, 15th – 17th July, Victoria Park
For three days this July, Victoria Park will be home to Lovebox, London’s most eclectic music festival. With a line-up including the likes of Snoop Dogg, Jessie J, Katy B, Lykke Li, Blondie, Robyn, Tensnake and Example, it’s no wonder that Lovebox has become one of the hottest festivals of 2011. Set against a backdrop of leafy trees, it’s easy to forget you’re in the city: Lovebox offers all the atmosphere of an out-of-town festival, with the advantage of being smack-bang in the centre of London. As it’s just a tube ride away, there’s really no excuse for not going! Ticket prices start at £28.50, making this a great value-for-money choice.
Check out www.lovebox.net for more details.
One Love Festival, 19th – 21st August, Hainault Forest Country Park
“…the ever-resounding message of hope and unity.”
If you’re into Reggae and Dub check out the One Love Festival between the 19th and 22nd August [different dates!] at Hainault Forest Country Park. It began in commemoration of Marley and the Wailers’ One Love Peace concert of 1978. It celebrates and showcases a variety of music, art, entertainment, fair-trade, fashion, food, drink and sustainable living, immersed in the ever-resounding message of hope and unity. There are even special student tickets: £90 for the whole weekend, camping inclusive!
Take a look at www.onelovefestival.co.uk
Reading Festival, 26th – 28th August, Richfield Avenue
Of course, no festival bill would be complete without Reading Festival whose line up this year includes Muse and Crystal Castles alongside stand-ups like Tim Minchin. Its big names, breaking acts and exclusive performances can’t disappoint. Tickets from £82.50
Check it out on www.readingfestival.com
South West Four, 27th-28th August, Clapham Common
…a fantastic event with an unbeatable atmosphere…
Even though much of the line-up is yet to be announced, this London electronic dance music festival looks set to be one of the most exciting this summer. With bands such as Magnetic Man performing and heavyweights Underworld headlining as a London 2011 exclusive, there’s no doubt that 2011’s South West Four will be one to remember. If that isn’t enough to tempt you, the fact that Pendulum will be closing the festival with their only London performance should do the trick. A real homecoming for London electronic acts, South West Four 2011 is going to be a fantastic event with an unbeatable atmosphere. Ticket prices start from £45.
See www.southwestfour.com for all the info.
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