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London’s Music Festivals across the 2014 summer

5 June 2014 Chris Mugan

A round up of all the best musical offerings and festivals London has to offer. Summer looks like it’s going to be a belter!

Music festivals have become a dominant feature of the UK's cultural summer and increasingly London is playing its part with a series of alfresco events where pitching tents and braving the loos need not be a concern. This season sees an unprecedented number of all-day events taking place, kicking off with the ultra hip Field Day festival, with more to come to suit almost every musical taste.

Field Day Jun 7-8
Always an eminently cool line-up from the Eat Your Own Ears promotion team, this year sees indie legends Pixies, local heroes The Horrors and Metronomy descend on Victoria Park, Hackney, for leftfield amusement. Strength  in depth comes from all-girl outfit Warpaint, Syrian techno star Omar Souleyman and Norway's cosmic-disco maven Todd Terje.

Calling Festival Jun 28-29
Hard Rock Calling used to cater for the Top Gear, stonewashed-jeans crowd. Now it is simply Calling and has moved south of the river from the Olympic Park to Clapham Common. Saturday sees Aerosmith defying the years with support from Joe Bonamassa and Thunder, while Stevie Wonder tops a more poppier bill the next day aided by Hawaiian bard Jack Johnson and London warbler Paloma Faith.

British Summer Time Jul 3-13
A somewhat surprising return to one of  London's more salubrious postcodes, perhaps, for Arcade Fire, whose last appearance at Hyde Park was noted for its low volume (the environ's minted neighbours clearly did not like to be disturbed). The Canadian collective open an eclectic series of  all-dayers, with the VIP section opening for Black Sabbath and Soundgarden, a reformed Libertines and The Pogues, McBusted and Backstreet Boys, plus Tom Jones and Boyzone. Pick of the bunch could be Neil Young backed by his electrifying, long-term backing band Crazy Horse.

Wireless Jul 4-6
Meanwhile, north London plays host to the cream of hip hop and r'n'b, with headline sets at Finsbury Park from newlywed Kanye West, Drake and Bruno Mars. There is room for 'Happy' Pharrell Williams and a belated return for Atlanta duo Outkast, plus younger names such as Rudimental, John Newman and Iggy Azalea.

Somerset House Summer Series Jul 10-20
One of the most elegant surroundings for an evening's outdoor entertainment is right at the heart of the city, in the courtyard of The Strand's neo-classical pile. Picks of a classy bunch include Sweden's experimental pop group Little Dragon, Kelis bringing her new organic funk and beguiling, classically trained Danish artist Agnes Obel.

Lovebox Jul 18-19
One of London's coolest parties returns to Hackney's Victoria Park with the festival originally set-up by dance producers Groove Armada. This year, Lovebox has attracted no less than the ever outspoken MIA, rap veteran Nas and pummelling bassheads Chase & Status. There is eclectic  support from Peckham's Katy B, fast-rising hip hop star A$AP Rocky and crate-diggers Horse Meat Disco.

South West Four Aug 23-24
Club culture takes over Clapham Common over the bank holiday weekend with EDM thrills from Deadmau5 and Above & Beyond (for the latter's only London date this year). House survivor Sasha makes a return alongside Pusha T, Laurent Garnier and drum and bass producer Wilkinson, ensuring all bases are covered.

On Blackheath Sep 13-14
A newcomer to the music calendar brings a combination of high-end festival grub and tasteful soundtrack to Blackheath. The opening day sees trip hop veterans Massive Attack and smooth soul singer Aloe Blacc with Gilles Peterson curating a worldwide stage. Sunday brings more exuberance courtesy of folk-punk Frank Turner and rockabilly star Imelda May with a Heavenly Recordings line-up including Toy, The Wytches and the Radiophonic Workshop. Running alongside this will be a food stage, gourmet stalls and a cocktail bar.

 

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