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Battersea Park Festival - Battersea

Streatham pub White Lion and Music4Children charity head, Aussie Oz Bayldon, bring this all-day rock fest to Battersea’s sprawling and glamorous south London park. Dallas Frasca (above), who’s just played to 200,000 screaming fans on the music main stage at the Le Mans 24hr motor race in France, will bring the riffs, along with John E Vistic, Tankus The Henge, Ilona, and more. 

Free, July 28, 12pm-6pm 
Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ  
Station | Queenstown Road


London Mexfest - east London

Mexican film, music, architecture, art and food are all coming to town. Cannes fave The Girl (Abbie Cornish) kicks off the film programme before a series of free outdoor screenings, live music from band Grupo Mono Blanco and a DJ set by Gil Cerezo (12), a Mexican picnic and loads more. Grab the guacamole! Some events are ticketed.

Free, July 11-14, times vary Various

London Folk Fest - Balham

Nu-folk, old-folk (not your gran) and everything in between takes centre stage at this four-day celebration of the acoustic-based genre that Dylan once angered so much. Highlights include Ryan Keen (Thurs) London oiks Skinny Lister (Fri) and Essex songstress Leddra Chapman (right, Sat).

£13+, July 18, 7.30pm-11pm;
July 19 & 20, 7.30pm-2am;
July 21, 12pm-11pm 
The Bedford, SW12 9HD 
Tube | Balham


Hampton Pool Picnic Concerts - Surrey

The Carpenter’s Story, The Zombies, Midge Ure and more at this proper posh Surrey music series. Bring the brie, the bubbly and the banter!

£24.50, July 12-27, from 7pm TW12 2ST  
Station | Hampton Court

Waterloo Quarter Food Festival - Waterloo

This annual celebration of “tastes, techniques and glorious food” will sate even the most fussy grub hound. There’ll be culinary offerings from both first-time local providers and the big boys, such as Cubana and The Stage Door, from around the world, ranging from fancy food to street-style munch-on-the-go fare. There will also be cooking demos so you can top up on your skills and wine to wash it all down with. 

Free, Until July 31, times TBC SE1 8SW  
Tube | London Waterloo

Streatham Festival - Lambeth

The Glamour Days is the theme for this south London culture and events bonanza, which celebrates the borough of Lambeth’s heritage through film, theatre, music, dance and live art installations. Key events not to miss are the tango-inspired Wired Aerial Theatre performance titled Rosa’s Bar, the Lane and Vale Carnival parade, and the South London Blitz Party. It’s all fuelled by a genuine community spirit and pride. Some events are ticketed.

Free, July 11-14, times vary
Various locations  
Station | streatham


Photos: Getty; Rik Franks,,,


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