If there’s one thing us Brits love during the summer, it’s a good festival. Nationwide, there are festivals covering every type of music, taking place in a huge array of settings.
Luckily, London is also an integral part of the summer festival scene, with alternative happenings on offer very close to your base at M by Montcalm Shoreditch. With this in mind, let’s take a look at three great alternative music festivals within easy reach of Shoreditch.
South West 4
On the festival calendar for 15 years now, South West 4 (or ‘SW4’ as it’s known to cool people) has carved itself a stellar reputation as an off-beat, dance music-centric event.
Taking place across the August Bank Holiday weekend – 25th and 26th August – South West 4 is the place to see a clutch of well-known names and up-and-coming acts. Better yet, it’s only a short Tube ride from your room at the M by Montcalm Shoreditch so you know you have a base nearby if you get a little too much sun and get carried away dancing.
This year’s festival will see Dizzee Rascal, DJ Armin van Buuren, Chase & Status and the much-loved Craig David headline proceedings, with huge numbers of acts spread across the weekend. South West 4 is a great way to spend the bank holiday and an awesome festival in its own right.
51st State Festival
If you grew up listening to house music, 51st State Festival should be right up your alley. This one-day festival is essentially a festival love-letter to classic house music, with an emphasis on American dance artists – hence the name.
Even though the festivities are condensed into a single day, 51st State crams a great deal into this limited span of time and you’ll have more than enough choice of DJs and artists. The festival is now in its fourth year and plans are to make it bigger and better. And, since the event is only one day, you’ll have enough time to treat yourself at the Versace Spa London and ease your aching body after a day of dancing with abandon.
This includes adding a raft of street food vendors to the Cockfosters festival site, as well as bigger stages and more artists. The 2018 line-up includes Masters at Work, Soul Clap, Body & Soul and a host of other dance pioneers.
Elrow Town is actually the brainchild of the Elrow club organisers, who put on gigs around the world – usually with outlandish live performers and a friendly rave-style atmosphere. Unsurprisingly, Elrow Town fits right into this mould.
2018 will be the second year of the Elrow Town festival– taking place on the 18th and 19th of August – and it’s an insanely fun time. And the venue of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is only a short tube away from M by Montcalm Shoreditch.
Think along the lines of glitter cannons, amazing light shows and thumping music from some of the best in the business. Fat Boy Slim is the big headliner this year, with Richy Ahmed and Steve Lawler also bringing their talents to the decks.