For electronic enthusiasts out there, Found Festival will be the first stage of call, held this year on the 13th of June. Now in its third year, Found Festival showcases the leading purveyors of house and techno from across the world, from industry old-timers to those with barely so much as a contract. Five separate stages will be set up at the festival’s new South London home in Brockwell Park, Brixton.
The daytime dance-off gets going at 11am and wraps up around 9pm: those who last the whole course are rewarded with some heavy duty afterparties, too. Confirmed acts so far include Guy Gerber, Ellen Allien, Anja Schneider, Motor City Drum Ensemble, George Fitzgerald, Alan Fitzpatrick, Nick Curly, Dark Sky and many many more.
Later on in the month and lasting over a week, albeit on scattered days, the Barclaycard-sponsored British Summer Time festival will be taking over an area of Hyde Park, also of the third year. Shows have been announced for Thursday 18th, Saturday 20th, Sunday 21st, Friday 26th and Saturday 27th of June, and span ticketed headliners to lesser-knowns, featuring acts like Taylor Swift, Kylie Minogue, Kaiser Chiefs, Beck, The Strokes and more. There will also be midweek activities with free access for park visitors to enjoy film, music, sport and literature events, plus a village green with a pub and farmers’ market, an outdoor pool bar, bistros, restaurants and cocktail bars. Did someone say Pimms?
Next up is old peripatetic favourite the Wireless Festival, held on the 28th of June, 3rd, 4th and 5th of July in Finsbury Park in North London. This year sees the 10th anniversary of the festival, so the party promises to be an extra eventful one. Guests will include big hitters such as David Guetta and Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Public Enemy, Rita Ora, plus a host of cutting edge newer ones snapping at heels of the electro-rock insider.
Also being held on July 4th, although South East of the city on Clapham Common, is the Calling Festival, headlined this year by Noel Gallagher. Kicking off around the 1pm mark, the music stops about 22.30 (with the very same Mr. Gallagher as the festival’s closing act), this one is mainly rock-centric and will be hosting 20-odd names such as Echo & the Bunnymen, Ryan Adams, Modest Mouse and The Hives. With numerous stages and some scintillating surprises promised, there will be an array of food stalls and drinks stands to keep you fuelled well past dusk.
A week or so later it’s the turn of one of the capital’s best-loved festivals – Lovebox will be storming into town on the weekend of the 17th and 18th of July at Victoria Park in East London. Having started life as a simple club night put on by Groove Armada in 2002, it was only supposed to have been held once more the following year to mark the occasion… and here we are 12 years later, with one of the UK’s biggest and best parties of the year still smouldering strongly. The event now spans genres from house and dance to rock and indie, there are tents to collapse in, bars to prop you up and side attractions such as holistic therapy centres for those sore dancing feet and souls out there. Doors open at midday on both days and the shows are due to have wound down by 11pm.
No need to actually sleep in any of those tents though – every hotel Piccadilly is so well located that you’ll make it home quickly and easily for an even quicker and easier crawl into the super comfy bed that awaits.