Hard Rock Calling 29th and 30th of June
With The Boss headlining this weekend shindig at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the 150 000+ spectators will certainly not be left where the Glory Days are. This will be the second time that Springsteen has headlined Hard Rock Calling after an unforgettable performance in 2009. Over 50 years he has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, whilst maintaining his blue-collar accessibility and fantastic live show. The festival also plays host to the legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon, as well as other acts including Kasabian, Paul Weller and the Klaxons.
British Summer Time Hyde Park 5th-14th of July
Taking place over 10 days and 2 weekends in Hyde Park , this brand new event in the heart of central London features some of the biggest names from across the globe (and throughout history.) With Bon Jovi, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Lionel Richie and Jenifer Lopez to name but a few, this is one music festival looking set to make a mark on the capital. However, the differing zones of entertainment across the park -including restaurants, salons, pubs, cocktail bars, cafes, bistros and food stalls- play host to a more intimate vibe from Monday to Thursday. Midweek the headliners will be replaced with film, music, literature and sport. A true all-rounder and definitely worth a look.
Wireless Festival 12th, 13th and 14th of July
Back to the Olympic park where this festival is one year from celebrating its decennial. Wireless is big, bold and boisterous, and attracts over 20 000 revelers on each of its three days. If you were born later than 1980 then this is your festival. Justin Timberlake, Jay Z and Calvin Harris to name but a few, will all be taking the main stage of the newly re-launched Olympic park.
Lovebox Weekender 19th, 20th and 21st of July
Perhaps the friendliest of the inner-city festivals, close your eyes and you could be at Glasto itself. Situated in Victoria Park, the Lovebox weekender plays host to a huge range of musical styles across multiple stages. This years line up includes the fantastically foul-mouthed Azelia Banks playing her only UK festival set, Rudimental, Goldfrapp and Lil’ Kim.
iTunes Festival 1st -30th of September
For the entire month of September the iconic yet intimate venue of the Camden Roundhouse will be host to a free gig every night. This year Jack White, Norah Jones, Usher, and (somewhat surprisingly) One Direction will all be headlining, but more acts will be announced nearer to the time of the event- always best to keep everyone guessing. For more information about how to apply for tickets, visit www.itunesfestival.com.