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For a relatively small island the UK doesn’t half know how to rock out and get its dancing shoes on come summer time.

With literally hundreds of festivals across London and Great Britain, there is something for everyone from one-day dance parties to two-day hipster fests and full-on three-day rock marathons.

So whether your idea of a top festival is dancing all day to the latest tech sounds, or headbanging away to the scruffed-out monsters of rock, the UK has something very special for each and every one of you.


I’ll Be Your Mirror

When May 4-5

Where Alexandra Palace

The vibe A day each of this year’s edition of the left-field music fest is curated by New York art punks Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Brooklyn indie rockers Grizzly Bear, promising a bank holiday weekend of grungy alt tunes, plus cinema, DJs and grub.

Line-up Grizzly Bear, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Walkmen

Tickets £59+


Karen O, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Camden Crawl

When May 4-6

Where Camden Town

The vibe The home of rock and indie hosts this multi-venue three-day-long orgy of gigs. Strap in and rock out!line-up Death In Vegas, The Cribs, Glasvegas, Spector

Tickets £35+


Field Day

When May 25

Where Victoria Park

The vibe Pop, punk, indie, techno, electro and dubstep tuneage provide the soundtrack to fete games such as tug-of-war and tea bag tossing at this impossibly cool music fest.

Line-up Animal Collective, Chvrches, Bat for Lashes, Kurt Vile, Daughter, Savages, Palma Violets

Tickets £54.50

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Barclaycard British Summer Time

When July 5-14

Where Hyde Park

The Vibe This new concert series to hit London has a line-up that will absolutely rock the capital. New Jersey cowboys Bon Jovi roll into town on their steel horses, while the Rolling Stones are playing twice – their first show sold out in a matter of minutes!

Line-up Bon Jovi, Rolling Stones, The Vaccines

Tickets £65+

Rolling Stones

We Are Fstvl

When May 25-26

Where Damyns Hall Aerodrome

The vibe House and techno dominate at this 15-hour dance-fest mega-party that’s held at an aerodrome in Essex. And don’t worry, the Upminster Tube station is nearby so you can get back to town easily after dancing all day and night.

Line-up Joy Orbison, Sven Vath, Kerri Chandler

Tickets £95+


As One In The Park

When May 26

Where Victoria Park

The vibe A colourful assortment of artists and concertgoers unite at this pop-focused gathering supporting the LGBT community.

Line-up Rita Ora, Katy B, Union J, Holly Johnson

Tickets £40+


High Definition

When June 29

Where Ilford, Essex

The vibe House, techno, disco, trance, electro, dubstep, rave – it’s all here at this all-day North London dance party. 

Line-up Labrinth, Eats Everything, Miguel Campbell

Tickets £25+

Bruce Springsteen

Hard Rock Calling

When June 29-30

Where Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The vibe It’s all about the rawk at this six-string legends’ event. After getting cut off during his 50-years-in-the-making performance with Sir McCartney last year, The Boss returns for what’s sure to be another marathon jam sesh. 

Line-up Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band, Paul Weller, Kasabian

Tickets £45+


Somerset House Series

When July 11-21

Where Somerset House

The vibe Once home to the Duke of Somerset, this house is now a music venue with a stately appearance. The line-up here ranges from up-and-comers to today’s stars across electronica, folk and all in between. 

Line-up Band of Horses, Basement Jaxx, Goldfrapp

Tickets £27.50


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