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Best Music Festivals in London 2021

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After a year of very few big events, the appetite for festivals is higher than ever. Wondering which one to go for? Read on for a guide to the best music festivals in London to book for 2021.

Best Music Festivals in London 2021


Kaleidoscope Festival

Lloyd Winters

The iconic Ally Pally has confirmed its very own festival, Kaleidoscope, is returning this summer. As if the spectacular backdrop wasn’t enough, Groove Armada are headlining the music line-up. They’ll be joined by psychedelic-indie-folk-rock band The Coral, House Gospel Choir, and world-respected DJ Norman Jay MBE.

Where? Alexandra Palace

When? 24 July 2021


Yam Carnival 2021

A new music festival is launching in London’s Clapham Common this summer, designed to celebrate ‘Black culture from around the world’. Titled Yam Carnival, the festival will debut on the August bank holiday weekend, headlined by the likes of Kehlani, Yemi Alade, Pa Salieu, Nao, Honey Dijon, Fatoumata Diawara and Princess Nokia.

Where? Clapham Common

When? 28 August 2021


All Points East

Launched four years ago by the team behind Coachella, All Points East usually takes place in May across a 10-day period. This year, though, it’s going ahead for a shorter period over the August Bank Holiday weekend. With Jamie XX, Kano, Tom Misch, Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club and Arlo Parks already confirmed, it’s looking pretty promising.

Where? Victoria Park

When? 27 – 30 August 2021



One of the most well-known festivals on the London calendar, Wireless is a celebration of the newest and best in hip hop, grime and R&B, welcoming the likes of Stormzy, Travis Scott and Cardi B to the stage. This year’s line-up is yet to be announced, so watch this space.

Where? Finsbury Park

When? 10 – 12 September 2021


South West Four

South West Four

What began as a dance party for Clapham locals is now a mega music festival, drawing in big names like Tinie Tempah and Craig David. Taking place over the August bank holiday weekend, the line-up features a wide range of music genres, from electronic to pop – so it’s a good compromise for groups with differing tastes.

Where? Clapham Common

When? 27 – 29 August 2021


Hampton Court Palace Festival

Hampton Court Palace Festival

Hampton Court Palace Festival

A music festival situated in the former home of Henry VIII? Sign us up. Enhance your festival experience by hiring a waterside gazebo or indulging in a picnic on the lawn pre-performance and soak up the spectacular historical setting. So far Lionel Richie, Tom Jones and Bastille ReOrchestrated have been announced.

Where? 13 – 24 August 2021

When? Hampton Court Palace


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