Are you looking for something different to do in London this summer? Or perhaps you don’t know what festivals are coming up or which one still has tickets up for grabs? Well, look no further as we are here to show you the best festivals London has to offer! From Wireless to Gala, here are the events that you won’t want to miss in 2023.
When: 7th – 9th July 2023
Location: Finsbury Park
First off is Wireless – an incredibly popular festival which has been going strong since June 2005. It is very common for tickets to get sold out immediately, so it is very important to book your tickets as soon as possible.
Arguably the best festival in London, Wireless 2022 edition saw Tyler The Creator, Sza, Nicki Minaj and J Cole to name a few. This year, headliners include Travis Scott, Playboi Carti, D-Block Europe and special guest 50 cent! This won’t be an event you want to miss.
A single-day ticket is £80 plus booking fee. If this is too expensive to pay all at once you have the option of paying incrementally over 6 months. This is perfect if your student loan has been run dry!
When: 21st – 22nd July 2023
Location: Boston Manor Park, North London
Price: From £60.50
Junction 2 festival is back and this year looks set to be better than ever before. As usual, it will host an array of artists across the electronic spectrum from a more eclectic lineup on Saturday, through to a techno-influenced bill on Sunday.
New additions to the monumental lineup include Dixon, Nina Kraviz and Underworld.
Following a spectacular 2022, Junction 2 returns as one of the capital’s most loved dance festivals with over 55 acts performing across the weekend. Tickets normally sell out fast so act quickly!
When: 28th May 2023
Location: Brockwell Park
Price: £59.50 plus booking fee
Already slated to be one of London’s best and most eclectic festivals this year, Cross The Tracks is a fantastic music event taking place in 2023. The price for a single ticket is £59.50, so this is definitely a cheaper alternative to Wireless Festival (but just as fun!)
Expect craft beer, workshops, street food and an impressive creatives market. An event to remember, and at £59.50, there’s no reason to miss out on one of the best showcases of music from all around the world.
If you’re into alternative music, jazz, neo-soul and indie music Cross the Tracks is for you. The line-up for 2023 will include NxWorries, Children of Zeus, Yazmin Lacey, Son Little, Annahstasia, and many more. There will also be many emerging artists to enjoy new music.
When: 29th May 2023
Location: Brockwell Park
Price: £29.50 plus booking fee
The day after Cross the Tracks, City Splash descends on Brockwell Park for one of London’s best reggae, dancehall and Afrobeat festivals. It’s a celebration of Caribbean and African culture and how this has enriched the music scene of today. There’s also delicious black-owned food and drinks on offer. This year, City Splash will welcome the likes of Chronixx, Koffee, Shenseea, Skillibeng, Ayra Starr, Gyakie, Stylo G, Jah9, Max Romeo, Uncle Waffles, Lutan Fyah, Jah Youth, Twinkle Brothers and more.
When: 17th June 2023
Location: Barn Elms
Price: £40 for students plus booking fee
A music festival with a wellness spin; Wellnergy is one of the best festivals in London to leave feeling great! It’s a new festival for 2023, and features music, mindfulness, fitness, nutrition and much more. The ultimate holistic experience, Wellnergy will leave you feeling restored. You can enjoy listening to music from Jan Blomqvist, Parallelle [hybrid], Magit Cacoon and Eli & Fur, as well as guest health and wellness experts Dr Alex George, Grace Beverly, Maude Hirst, Alice Liveing and Dilly Carter.
When: 2nd – 3rd September 2023
Price: Earlybird starts at £35, standard at £42.50
Legendary act behind Red Red Wine and the reggae version of “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” mark the return of Soultown. Ub40 hit up the south east of London at one of the best festivals for soul, joined by Sister Sledge, Tunde Baiyewu, Lighthouse Family and many more. You’ll also be able to indulge in over 30 street food stalls. There will also be music, immersive light, sound and visuals, as well as special VIP areas. VIP tickets start at £100 and come with four drinks, a food voucher, private bar, luxury toilets, makeup bar, prime stage viewing area and more.
When: 26th- 28th May 2023
Location: Peckham Rye Park
An independent south London festival located in Peckham Rye Park, Gala ’23 has to be mentioned alongside the best upcoming festivals in London this year. Running at the end of May, it is the perfect opportunity to exploit the time off work to enjoy the good weather with your friends. Boasting an impressive line-up of talents such as Jordan Rakei, OVERMONO, and Kerri Chandler, this festival is billed to exceed expectations and highlight why London is one of the best festival locations in the country. Don’t miss your chance to immerse yourself in London’s rich creative scene then be sure to consider Gala festival this 2023…
When: 16th September 2023
Location: Apps Court Farm, Walton-On-Thames, UK
Price: £30 for students
This is the best music festival for lovers of electronic music in London. One Out Festival sold out quickly in 2022, and it now returns for more fun this September. The lineup is yet to be announced but previous years saw Arielle Free, Chloé Robinson, Melé & more. 5000 people flock to Surrey to enjoy One Out, and it’s 4 huge stages never fail to impress.
When: 18th, 19th and 25th August 2023
Location: Victoria Park
Price: from £90.95
The next festival on our list is All Points East, which will take place in Victoria Park with several dates ranging from 19th to 25th August. So there’s plenty of time to visit one of the best festivals you’ll find in London. With an impressively diverse lineup of musical talents such as Stormzy, Field Day, The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and and many more. No matter what music you’re into, their lineup promises to deliver both renowned and emerging artists to enjoy.
When: 25th – 27th August 2023
Location: Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Essex
Lastly is We Are FSTVL, A hugely popular Essex weekender. This year’s event will be their 10th anniversary, and they invite you to join in their birthday celebrations. This year, the line up is yet to be revealed, but here is last year’s to give you an idea – KSI, Craig David Presents TS5, Tyga, Mabel, Bru-C, Chip, Hardy Caprio and Yungen. Early bird tickets have sold out with the rest due to go on sale very soon!
When: 19th August 2023
Location: Beckenham Place Park
Tickets: from £44.25
The UK’s biggest drum and bass music festival returns for 2023 after a year off. The best performers from the music genre will take to the festival stage at Beckenham Place Park in London for one (hopefully sunny) day in August. This year’s lineup includes Netsky, High Contrast, A.M.C, Calibre, Roni Size, DJ Marky and many more. There’s also some great presenters to keep you entertained in between acts, such as Let It Roll, Run Invicta Audio, and more.
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