Well, the daily weather is beginning to swing from relentless rain to scorching sun, which can mean only one thing – the festival season is upon us. Up and down the UK, fields and land will be filled with Wellington boots, humongous speaker systems and eager eardrums ready to be ravaged by noise.
While most festivals take place outside of city walls, there remain numerous major events taking place close to urban areas – and here are some of the best in London this June.
Taking place on the weekend of June 7 – 8, the award-winning dance music festival returns to Boston Manor Park, Hounslow, for two days and nights of non-stop electronic euphoria.
This is the fourth consecutive year that the festival has run, and the guest list of DJs and electronic acts has grown year on year. One thing the festival does aim to reduce every year, however, is its carbon footprint – so look out for the organisers’ latest initiatives on your visit.
Hampton Court Palace Festival
Set in the grounds of a stately home, this festival will enable visitors to see Kylie, Tears for Fears, Busted, Chic and The Jacksons between June 7 – 22, and be treated to a three-course dinner and champagne reception before the action kicks off. As the sun sets on these nights of entertainment, you can see the palace in its full glory – and your favourite act in action.
Field Day Festival
Also running from June 7 – 8, this popular festival has moved to Enfield’s Meridian Park for 2019. Within the new grounds are four interlinked warehouse spaces that allow visitors to both get the feel of an outdoor festival and experience the atmosphere of an indoor rave to boot.
As it all kicks off just north of Central London, you can stay anywhere in the city and still make every second of the festival. Check out Dorsett Hotel, City of London for a location that gives you easy access to every area of the capital.
Mighty Hoopla Festival
On Saturday, June 8, London’s Brockwell Park plays host to a variety of incredible pop acts and performers. This vibrant and colourful one-day festival embraces its LGBT-friendly atmosphere and invites visitors from all walks of life and culture into its vast boundaries.
Alongside the music will be a plethora of quirky entertainment and fun, from drag-queen competitions to lip-sync battles – and tickets are available from the festival’s own website.
Cross the Tracks
The very next day, on the same spot as Mighty Hoopla, this exciting “Soul, Jazz and Funk Feast” (of a festival) takes over Brockwell Park. With street food aplenty, you’re sure to be engulfed by an intoxicating combination of indulgent scents and incredible music all day long.
With Chaka Khan headlining, and a range of contemporary soul and jazz acts set to hit the stage, this festival has music for all ages – and food for all tastes. Furthermore, as the festival finishes at 10pm, you won’t even have to book the next day off work to recover.
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