There’s six must-go-to London festivals in 2018 and not everyone knows them

Amanda Gegg, April 2018

With the UK music industry continuing to produce such high-calibre talent, it can be of little surprise that it’s festival scene is considered one of the best in the world. Of course, there are the major events like Glastonbury and V Festival that take place outside of the capital, but London is very much a key player when it comes to one-day festivals, serving up an abundance of musical genius, mixed in with some of the best atmospheres you’re likely to find in the world.

All Points East (25th – 27th May, Victoria Park, E3)
This eagerly anticipated new festival is the talk of the town, not least because it has managed to secure 3 huge headline acts in the form of LCD Soundsystem, The XX and Björk. It also has the local community buzzing as the organisers have announced they’ll be opening the site outside of festival dates to host an array of free summertime family events.

Kaleidoscope Festival (Saturday 21st July, Alexandra Palace, N22)
Taking place at the magnificent Alexandra Palace, our second new festival promises to offer ‘curious happenings in hidden corners’. This will be presented via formidable headliners The Flaming Lips, along with a plethora of extraordinary performance artists from all ends of the theatrical spectrum.

Field Day (1st – 2nd June, Brockwell Park, SW2)
Setting up shop in its new location of Brockwell Park, Field Day is back – this time for 2 full days! Therefore, you can expect a lot of the same carnival antics you’ve come to know and love, mixed in with a substantial dose of London’s best dance music.

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Gala Festival (Sunday 27th May, Peckham Rye Park, SE15)
Now in its third year, Gala is back with a bang to ring out the May Bank Holiday weekend at its new venue in Peckham Rye Park. Heralded a powerful stepping-stone for emerging talent, Gala promises to bring you the best DJs that the UK has to offer.

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Citadel Festival (Sunday 15th July, Gunnersbury Park, W3)
Albeit a rather bizarre concept, the hugely-popular Citadel Festival was built with the aim of incorporating everything people love about Sundays – music, culture, arts, fitness – and turning it in to one big summer’s day event.

British Summer Time’s ‘Open House’ (9th – 12th July, Hyde Park, W2)
BST’s ‘Open House’ festival at Hyde Park has forged its place as a favourite amongst families across the capital, owing to the fact it opens its gates for free and includes a whole host of live music, delicious food, open-air film screenings and fun activities for all ages.

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