With festival season gaining on us yet again, we're rounding up some of the city's finest; from funk and soul day parties and multi-venue sensations to weekend-long carnivals fronting A-list lineups that you simply can't miss. Get ready to don your glitter and dance in a field because here are the top 8 summer music festivals in London for 2023.
All Points East
18th, 19th, 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th of August 2023, Victoria Park
East London's favourite is returning to Victoria Park this August for two whole weekends. The 2023 lineup of All Points East, which also includes Field Day, offers a stellar selection of chart-topping artists and electronic music moguls. Get ready for performances from the likes of Jungle, Haim, Erykah Badu and Stormzy at one of the best festivals in London for summer 2023.
South Facing Festival
Various dates from the 28th July to the 13th of August 2023, Crystal Palace Park
South Facing has once again programmed a series of open-air concerts at the Crystal Palace Bowl. This year, they've got a jam-packed lineup featuring Primal Scream, Rudimental, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, James, Happy Mondays and the ever-fabulous Craig David during July and August. It's gonna be an absolute belter.
3rd to the 4th of June 2023, Brockwell Park
Mighty Hoopla is returning with a star-studded lineup that includes Years & Years, Roisin Murphy, Jake Shears and Leo Kalyan. If you're looking for pop stars, drag acts and outrageous outfits, this is the best of London music festivals for 2023. But the weekend is about so much more than just the main stage, so get exploring those tents if you want to find comedy and quirky bingo events.
16th of September 2023, Gunnersbury Park
Celebrating electronic music culture and independent artists, Waterworks is going to be one of the best London day festivals for 2023. It will be small but mighty, seeing out summer's balmy days with one helluva shindig. As for the artists? Expect Eliza Rose, Call Super, HAAI and more to be taking to the decks on stages throughout the day and 'til the early hours.
7th to the 9th of July 2023, Finsbury Park
One of the capital's most sought-after sessions, Wireless Festival, is hitting up Finsbury Park this July. Headliners include Playboi Carti, Yeat, Lil Uzi Vert, Metro Boomin, Lancey Foux, Ice Spice and many more bringing the tunes and then some. With names like these on their roster, it's no wonder that this event is so popular with Londoners and visitors alike.
22nd July 2023, Various Venues in East London
Visions returns to the streets of Hackney this August for a party you won't want to miss. Taking over numerous venues in the area, the one-day extravaganza brings together an eclectic mix of established acts and the most exciting new talents on the scene. 2023 will front a packed programme of gigs and secret sets.
15th of July 2023, Alexandra Palace & Park
Set against the backdrop of the iconic Alexandra Palace, this arty offering is one for those who like their festivals chilled, interesting and family-friendly. Whether you're getting down to Hot Chip on the main stage and Wookie on the DJ decks, giggling in the comedy tent or checking out acrobatic circus acts, this quirky carnival is offering something for every kind of reveller.
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