We’ve stumbled into spring (although the weather suggests otherwise), and the good events and festivals over the summer are selling out fast.

We’ve already tried and failed at two Glastonbury ticket attempts in the past few months, but you know what? We have all the facilities already on our doorstep. And, no, we’re not bitter – honest.

There’s nothing better than summer in the big smoke. Pimms on Murray Mound, Boris biking though Hype Park and the general air of happiness down to the fact it isn’t raining (at the moment). If you’re looking to make it even better, here are some of the top music festivals and events over the summer…

Lovebox: July 18 – 19

Lovebox is nine years old this year and celebrating in style before reaching the big double digits in 2015. It’s definitely one for those who love a late night – Lovebox is made for party animals. M.I.A, Chase & Status and Bonobo have all confirmed and there are still more to follow.

Super earlybird tickets are already gone, but you’ve still got a few Earlybirds left in the pipeline.

Holi Festival of Colours: June 28 – 29

The Holi Festival marks inequality and the need for freedom; a chance to remove all caste systems and be at one with each other. And it happens to be one hell of a good time too! This is the perfect opportunity for photography enthusiasts and music lovers alike.

Also known as the festival of colours and the festival of love, this ancient Hindu tradition has become quite the craze in recent years. Rich or poor, man or woman, friend or foe, united for one common cause; to fill the skies with colour. 

Saturday is already sold out but there are still tickets left for Sunday starting at £30, and going up to £43. Held at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, it isn’t just about the colour explosion. Stalls and amazing music is being prepared as we speak.

Field Day: June 7 – 8

Held in Victoria Park, Field Day is one of the first festivals of the season and this year it’s opening with a bang. Already confirmed is Metronomy, Pixies and The Horrors as well as promising newbies Drenge and Pond. This is for the rock lovers, traditional and contemporary, and the cool kids at that. Aviators and white band tee at the ready…

Spitalfields Music Summer Festival: June 6 – 26

A small-scale festival held in East London, specialising in classical and folk, is a little different to the usual contemporary dance festivals that have sprung up in recent years. Not only do you get an array of different performances in multiple genres (jazzheads and world music fanatics are also catered for) but there will be the usual abundance of talks, debates and workshops galore. The main days to keep free in the calendar are June 13 and 14.

London gig goer and festival fanatic George Peebles reveals his summer highlights courtesy of London Foam sound proofing, and writes for a number of film and music blogs in the UK.

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