21 Fantastic London Music Festivals Still To Come In Summer 2021

Get along to one of these brilliant music festivals in London.

Summer is the season of music festivals in London, and 2021 promises some serious musical highs to help us all move on from an exceedingly trying year. From the world’s biggest music icons in open air theatres, to happy hippie vibes in suburban fields and the very best in electronic music – all found in some of the coolest and unique spaces in the city. Here’s our guide to London’s best music festivals in 2021.

Oh, one quick 2021-specific thing to note: thanks to loads of tickets rolling over from last year’s cancelled events, some of these music festivals have already sold out in record time. So if you’re planning on going to these music festivals, you’ll need to book quickly!

1. South Facing Festival (August 5-31)

📍 Location: Crystal Palace Bowl
🎶 Why South Facing Festival: First of all, it’s shiny and new! Bringing music back to a venue that’s hosted Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, Elton John, The Beach Boys, and The Pixies shouldn’t be overlooked either.
👀 What we can expect in 2021: A series of open-air concerts on August weekends, with Dizzee Rascal, Supergrass, The Streets, and Max Richter due to appear.
🎟 Tickets: Start from a smidge over £38, and are available here.
👉 Keep up to date: here.

2. Hampton Court Palace Festival (August 13-24)

Hampton Court Palace Music Festival London

Hampton Court Palace Music Festival London

📍 Location: Hampton Court Palace, duh.
🎶 Why Hampton Court Palace Festival: You can’t get a much more magical place for music festivals than in the Tudor Courtyard of a a 16th century palace! Enjoy a picnic in the beautiful East Front Gardens before watching world-class acts perform in this stunning setting.
✨ 2019’s highlights: Throwbacks from Busted, and even bigger throwbacks from Nile Rodgers, Kylie Minogue, The Jacksons and Tears For Fears.
👀 What we can expect in 2021: Huge headliners Tom Jones, Bastille, Van Morrison, Keane, Nile Rodgers & Chic, and Björn Again are confirmed for 2021. Meanwhile, Lionel Richie, Rick Astley, and George Benson have moved to the 2022 festival, and tickets for their concerts are already on sale if you’d like to get in early.
👉 Keep up to date: on their website.

3. All Points East Festival (August 27-30)

London Music Festival All Points East
Photo: @jrcmccord

📍 Location: Victoria Park
🎶 Why All Points East: Usually a huge ten-day festival in late May, the bill has been trimmed to three days in August for 2021, with a day off in the middle for Field Day (more on that in a moment). Still, it’ll offer huge names and a massive variety of acts in terms of both era and genre.
✨ 2019’s highlights: The Chemical Brothers, Hot Chip, and The Strokes
👀 What we can expect in 2021: a huge, joyous return from one of the capital’s biggest and best music festivals. Headliners already confirmed for this year include – deep breath – Jamie XX, Kano, Tom Misch, Slowthai, Arlo Parks, Little Simz, Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club, Caribou, Jade Bird, Nadine Shah, London Grammar, Jorja Smith, Loyle Carner, Mura Masa, Floating Points, Kojey Radical, and Lapsley. Phew!
👉 Keep up to date: here.

4. Eastern Electrics Festival (August 28)

Eastern Electrics Music Festival London
Photo: Eastern Electrics

📍 Location: They’re swapping Morden Park for a brand new home at Lee Valley Showground in 2021.
🎶 Why EE: Pretty much everything you could want from a classic house and techno festival!
✨ 2019’s highlights: Hannah Wants, Skream, and Steve Lawler B2B Darius Syrossian.
👀 What we can expect in 2021: With just some incredible foresight, Eastern Electrics announced in February 2020 that they were taking the summer off to recharge. They’re back in 2021 with more of the best tech-house, including Loco Dice, Maya Jane Coles, and Jamie Jones. Tickets are available on final release.
👉 Keep up to date: on their website.

5. YAM Carnival (August 28)

📍 Location: Clapham Common
🎶 Why YAM Carnival: It’s an incredible “immersive experience of Black culture, food, music and more.”
👀 What we can expect in 2021: First planned for 2020, YAM Carnival (the YAM stands for ‘You And Me’) celebrates Black culture from around the world, with artists including Davido, Femi Kuti, Kehlani, and Honey Dijon set to take over the three festival stages. Great food and powerful art will make it a must-visit.
👉 Keep up to date: on their website.

6. Junction 2 (August 28-29)

Junction 2 Festival

Junction 2 Festival

📍 Location: Tobacco Dock, Wapping
🎶 Why Junction 2: This award-winning festival has switched from Boston Manor Park (where summer fields meet stark industrial structures) to head to the warehouses of Tobacco Dock for 2021 – on both nights, they’ll then mosey over to fabric for a takeover from 11pm on until 7am the next morning. One thing not changing: the best underground dance music will be delivered to “obsessively high standards”.
✨ 2019’s highlights: Bicep, Daniel Avery, Objekt, Loco Dice and Maceo Plex.
👀 What we can expect in 2021: Charlotte de Witte and a DJ set from Maribou State are amongst the “moments of J2 magic” planned. There’s a waiting list for the final Tobacco Dock tickets, but you can find fabric tickets on their website now.
👉 Keep up to date: on their website.

7. Field Day Festival (August 29)

Field Day Festival London Music
Photo: Field Day Festivals, Instagram

📍 Location: Victoria Park
🎶 Why Field Day: The festival has returned from the Tottenham Marshes to its previous home in Victoria Park – on the same weekend as All Points East, no less. It’s going to get loud…
✨ 2019’s highlights: Skepta, Jorja Smith, Pusha T and Mall Grab.
👀 What we can expect in 2021: A headline set from BICEP, plus support from Floating Points, Ross From Friends, Josey Rebelle, and plenty more.
👉 Keep up to date: here.

8. ALT LDN (August 30)

📍 Location: Clapham Common
🎶 Why Field Day: A debut festival with one of the most eclectic lineups going, featuring everything from Trap to Metalcore.
✨ 2019’s highlights: First year!
👀 What we can expect in 2021: A headline set from Playboi Carti, with plenty more acclaimed acts such as Lil Yachty, Architects, Bob Vylan, Ski Mask The Slump God, Princess Nokia and many more. 
👉 Keep up to date: here.

9. Wide Awake (September 3)

📍 Location: Brockwell Park, Brixton
🎶 Why Wide Awake: Another brand new addition for 2021, Wide Awake festival promises “leftfield Indie, Post Punk, Electronica, Techno, Jazz and more from an array of artists you won’t find anywhere else at a festival in London.” Intriguing!
👀 What we can expect in 2021: IDLES, Erol Alkan, KOKOROKO, Daniel Avery, Songhoy Blues, and more are on the inaugural line up.
👉 Keep up to date: here.

10. Mighty Hoopla Festival (September 4)

Music Festival Mighty Hoopla London

Music Festival Mighty Hoopla London

📍 Location: Brockwell Park, Brixton
🎶 Why Mighty Hoopla Festival: A nice getaway from the electronic madness, with ‘a day of pop-tastic music, fun and games in the summer sun’. Definitely one to wear your loudest frock at.
✨ 2019’s highlights: Chaka Khan, Kate Nash, Tove Lo and All Saints.
👀 What we can expect in 2021: Girl power from Cheryl, Becky Hill, En Vogue, and Gabrielle. Tickets have already sold out, and the date to register for the resale has also passed – so I hope you got some tickets!
👉 Keep up to date: here.

11. Beautiful People Festival (September 4)

Southport Weekender 2018

Southport Weekender 2018

📍 Location: Morden Park
🎶 Why Beautiful People: Because they’re pretty, duh. In all serious, the festival previously known as Southport Weekender will lovingly curate legends of house, soul, R&B, garage and disco.
✨ 2019’s highlights: Naughty by Nature, Shalamar, Ten City, Danny Tenaglia, David Morales and Kenny Dope.
👀 What we can expect in 2021: Arrested Development, David Rodigan, Black Motion, and Inner City lead the headliners. Regardless, you can expect a good time at “the world’s friendliest party”.
👉 Keep up to date: on their website.

12. Cross The Tracks (September 5)

cross the tracks
Photo: @lukedyson

📍 Location: Brockwell Park, Brixton
🎶 Why Cross The Tracks: It’s home to street food, creative markets, record fairs, and the best in jazz, soul and funk.
✨ 2019’s highlights: Masego, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Jordan Rakei and The Comet Is Coming
👀 What we can expect in 2021: A groovy time boogying to the likes of Sister Sledge, Lianne La Havas, and Jordan Rakei! Already worth crossing the tracks for.
👉 Keep up to date: here.

13. Wireless Festival (September 10-12)

Travis Scott at Wireless 2019. Photo: @wirelessfestival

📍 Location: Crystal Palace Park
🎶 Why Wireless: The best in hip-hop and grime always sells out in a hot minute.
✨ 2019’s highlights: Travis Scott, Cardi B, AJ Tracey and Bugzy Malone.
👀 What we can expect in 2021: The 2021 festival has now been confirmed, and it’s a big one: Future, Skepta, Migos, AJ Tracey, Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, Meek Mill, Rick Ross, and Megan Thee Stallion. What. A. Lineup.
👉 Keep up to date: on their website.

14. We Are FSTVL (September 11-12)

Music Festival London We Are FSTVL
Photo: We Are FSTVL, Instagram

📍 Location: Central Park, Dagenham.
🎶 Why We are FSTVL: Some of the biggest names in electronic and dance music right now, from Alan Fitzpatrick to Secondcity, and Jamie Jones to Mevlo Baptiste.
✨ 2019’s highlights: Chase and Status and Basement Jaxx.
👀 What we can expect in 2021: Big beats out East, as the festival makes its way to Dagenham for 2021 with Camelphat, Gorgon City, Arielle Free, and The Shapeshifters in town. Tickets are available at the upper end of the price scale.
👉 Keep up to date: on their website.

15. City Splash (September 12)

📍 Location: Beckenham Park
🎶 Why City Splash: A celebration of Reggae’s impact on London youth culture, with over 40 Artists across four stages and a host of different Caribbean food stalls. Guests will enjoy a genre-spanning lineup, from Dancehall to Grime to Dub to Jungle to Roots to Hip Hop, all with a common thread: a reggae influence.
✨ 2019’s highlights: First year!
👀 What we can expect in 2021: A stacked lineup boasting the likes of Barrington Levy, Lila Ike, Channel One, General Levy and many more that are certain to make a splash in the capital.
👉 Keep up to date: on their website.

16. Electric Woodlands (September 12)

📍 Location: Bygrave Farm, Baldock (30 Minutes From London)
🎶 Why Electric Woodlands: A forest with three stages of the finest electronic music… what more could you need? Oh, and there’s plenty of great food and drink stands to keep you going throughout the day.
✨ 2019’s highlights: First year!
👀 What we can expect in 2021: A heavy dose of Bassline, Drum and Bass and more from the likes of Chase & Status, Flava D, Hybrid Minds, Dimension and many more.
👉 Keep up to date: on their website.

London Music Festivals – Postponed To 2022/TBD

17. Meltdown Festival (returning June 2022)

Meltdown Music Festival London
Photo: Victor Frankowski / Southbank Centre

📍 Location: Southbank Centre
🎶 Why Meltdown: Not your typical cider-in-the-park festival, this annual series of London gigs—the longest-running artist-curated music festival in town—reaches its 27th festival in 2022. Grace Jones was announced at this iteration’s curator back in November 2019, so she’ll have plenty of time to plan ahead of summer 2022.
✨ 2019’s highlights: Disco funk legend Nile Rodgers was in charge, inviting acts such as Thundercat, KOKOROKO and Alfa Mist to take part in the festival.
👀 What we can expect in 2021: There’s no word on who’ll be performing at Meltdown yet, but we can expect unique performances from global names, and one-off collaborations from artists who inspire, or have been inspired by, this international icon. Jones will have the creative freedom to bring who she likes to the line-up, and exact dates are also TBD.
👉 Keep up to date: here.

18. British Summer Time (July 8-10, 2022)

British Summertime Festival London 2018

British Summertime Festival London 2018

📍 Location: Hyde Park
🎶 Why BST: London’s largest royal park hosts music royalty in six open-air concerts across two weekends (with free midweek entertainment) to make for an event like no other.
✨ 2019’s highlights: Stevie Wonder, Black Eyed Peas, Robbie Williams and Florence and The Machine.
👀 What we can expect in 2022: Pearl Jam, The Pixies, Duran Duran and Nile Rodgers & Chic will appear at the rescheduled festival. There’s something for all music fans at BST, but it’ll be 2022 before we see it again.
👉 Keep up to date: on their website.

19. Lovebox Festival (returning July 2022)

Lovebox Festival 2018

Lovebox Festival 2018

📍 Location: Gunnersbury Park
🎶 Why Lovebox: What started as a club night on Tottenham Court Road in 2002, has grown to take over Clapham Common, Victoria Park and now Gunnersbury! It was co-founded by Groove Armada, so it’s pretty much guaranteed your Lovebox experience will be a solid 10/10.
✨ 2019’s highlights: Chance the Rapper, Solange, Giggs, Four Tet, Brockhampton, Loyle Carner, Action Bronson… is it still a highlight if we list the entire line-up?
👀 What we can expect in 2022: More epic headliners at one of London’s favourite music festivals. It’s taking a break in 2021, but will no doubt return with a bang in July 2022.
👉 Keep up to date: on their website.

20. Somerset House Summer Series (TBD)

Somerset House Summer Series
Photo: @mrfgoetzen

📍 Location: Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, Somerset House
🎶 Why Somerset House Summer Series: Another beautiful venue hosting eleven outdoor concerts in the very heart of London!
✨ 2019’s highlights: The Internet, Sampha and Doves.
👀 What we can expect in 2022: with 2020 and 2021 proving fallow years in the end, we’ll eagerly await news of the 2022 lineup instead.
👉 Keep up to date: on their website.

21. South West Four

South West Four SW4 Festival 2018

South West Four SW4 Festival 2018

📍 Location: Clapham Common
🎶 Why SW4: A groovy dance festival comes to everyone’s favourite South London borough – an easy commute for what seems to be the entire population of under 30s living there!
✨ 2019’s highlights: Martin Garrix, Wiley, Pendulum, and Armand Van Helden.
👀 What we can expect in 2022: An absolutely banging August bank holiday, we hope – it’s been all quiet from SW4 for a while now, so fingers crossed we get a 2022 festival.
👉 Keep up to date: on their website.

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