Summer just isn’t the same without a great concert and festival. But, with so many choices, which one do you pick? Check out our top picks for summer concerts and festivals in London to help you prioritise what to book tickets for.
British Summer Time at Hyde Park
Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion, Florence + the Machine, Robbie Williams, Stevie Wonder and Lionel Richie – (wait, there’s more) – Black Eyed Peas, The National, Josh Groban… Do you need another reason to see this is the best festival of the summer?
Watch these fantastic performers in Hyde Park between 5th July 2019 to 14th July
2019. The festival will feature themed days like soul day on July 6th and much, much more.
Here’s everything you need to know:
It’s a fully standing event, so get prepared to get a little tired towards the end – but don’t even think about bringing a chair with you because you won’t be allowed to bring one in.
Likewise, food and drink are not permitted to bring with you unless it’s water and in a sealed bottle.
You can bring banners and flags, but they can’t be larger than A1 sheets of paper. British Summer Time also wants customers to respect one another and have a fantastic time, so leave your XL posters in your M by Montcalm Shoreditch rooms.
If you’re a big fan of American rap artists like Cardi B, ASAP Rocky, Migos, Travis Scott and Future, this is the festival for you.
It’s a rap-infused festival by the name Wireless.
Other notable acts you don’t want to miss out on include (drum roll please…) AJ Tracey, Not3s and Bugzy Malone.
Better still, Wireless wants to promote staying green during the festival. They want you to enjoy Finsbury Park and help ensure this green space – one of London’s treasures – stays perfectly maintained. The festival has calculated that 80% of the festivals carbon footprint comes from travelling to the festival. As such, they have coordinated coach travel and public transport such as Big Green Coach.
They also encourage you to refill your water bottles. This works in guests’ favour too, as this is better for the environment and your wallet!
It takes place at Finsbury Park between July 5th and 7th.
Bob Dylan and Neil Young
Hyde Park is always bustling during the warmer summer months, but Bob Dylan and Neil Yong will make it the place to be on July 12th with performances at British summertime show. These two are certainly enough to have you book a Boutique Hotels Shoreditch room for the night.
Bob Dylan has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the 2016 Novel Prize in Literature. With that in mind, it’s safe to say that Dylan is one of the most influential artists in modern times.
He’s also won 10 whopping Grammy Awards and an Academy Award for best original song.
Neil Young released two albums back-to-back in 2017 and 2018. Before that, he unforgettable tunes like Harvest and On the Beach. It is sure to be a night to remember for everyone involved.
Lizzo – who is a moment that hopefully that never ends – is making her way across the pond to London’s eclectic line up at Lovebox.
Other than the Juice singer, Lovebox will feature Chance the Rapper, Solange, Giggs and Four Tet. The weekend will also feature hip hop veteran Cypress Hill who is performing the Triple-platinum album Black Sunday.
‘Here’s what you need to know to make your visit easier.
Bring your ticket, phone, money, valid ID, empty bottle to fill up at their taps, and sun protection (no aerosol) when attending Lovebox. Unfortunately, you can’t bring your furry friends.
Book tickets today for July 13th to 14th at Blackheath.
Somerset House Summer Series
Nao and Sons of Kemet are raising the roof in Somerset House. During this event, you will see Jacob Banks, Rosalia, Doves, Parcels and Cut Copy. The festivities will take place at Covent Garden from July 11th to July 21st.
Somerset House is an arts centre that targets audiences and creative individuals. They’re proud to offer a diverse and dynamic program of contemporary arts and culture and to promote the same. They get more than 3 million visitors every year.
Will you be one of them? Book a hotel near Shoreditch station for easy access.
South West Four
Calling all EDM fans – the weekend of August 24th to August 25th will feature Tinie Tempah and Plan B for mid-day fun.
The afternoon and evening will feature international stars Martin Garixx, Pendulum Band, Sigma and Chase & Status. On Sunday, a rap stage will be introduced, with acts like Wiley and Wretch 32 performing.
On Saturday, the event is open from 11:30 until 23:00, and on Sunday it closes 30 minutes earlier.
Keep in mind that there is no entry into the event after 21:00 and the bars close at 22:30. Bring your ID just in case, as the event is adamant about ensuring that everyone is over the age of 18.
If you look younger than 25, the bartenders are encouraged to check your personal identification.
This two-day extravaganza is sure to draw visitors from all over the world with act like Morcheeba, Jamiroquai, James Morrison and UB40. Oh…and GRACE JONES!
Hold your applause for the weekend of July 13th because that’s when the singer, songwriter and supermodel will be in London.
Good news for those visiting with kids! This festival will also feature a family playground with Andy & the Odd Socks who will be visiting from the Science Museum.
During the week of Meltdown, the Southbank Centre will welcome Nile Rogers whose line-up is still awaited but is sure to feature a wonderful mixture of disco and soul.
Previous hosts have included legendary musicians like MIA and Robert Smith. The festival begins on August 3rd and runs through the 11th. Tickets are still available for those who wish to dance all night long!