15 March 2017 City in the spotlight
London is the place to be in the summer time; the entire city becomes one with big party, with bars, parks, markets and clubs all playing host to hundreds of locals and tourists alike, all out to have a good time and make the most of the long, sunny days. There is no shortage of music and dance festivals over the summer months as well, with just about every weekend holding a different festival. With such an overwhelming number of options, we’ve come up with a list of all of our favourites to help point you in the right direction.
If you’re looking for a cheap and central hotel in London while enjoying one (or all…) of the festivals, book your room now at one of the many easyHotel locations around the city.
Here are our top 7 picks:
Hyde Park, 30th June – 6th July
British Summer Time in Hyde Park sees 6 days of open air performances from some of music’s biggest names, in one of central London's biggest parks. Back in 2017 for its 5th year, the year’s line-up is insane, with Green Day, Justin Bieber, Kings Of Leon, Phil Collins, The Killers and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers all headlining.
Don’t just come for the big names though – there is also a stellar line-up of supporting artists, including the likes of the Pixies, Elbow and the legend that is Blondie.
With two weekends of live music, you can also expect plenty of other entertainment such as open-air movie nights and tennis screenings, street food stalls and a number of banging DJs performing throughout the day.
easyHotel has a number of cheap hotels perfectly located nearby to Hyde Park; take a casual 10-minute amble from easyHotel London Paddington, a 20-minute walk from easyHotel London South Kensington and easyHotel London Victoria, or a speedy 20-minute bus ride from easyHotel London Earls Court. Too easy.
Victoria Park, 14th & 15th July
In its 15th year, Lovebox has established itself as one of the best summer music festivals in London. This year has already achieved huge amounts of hype, having secured the elusive and incredible Frank Ocean as the Friday headliner – the only UK date Frank has confirmed for his European tour after he dropped his latest album a few months ago. Also performing are Chase & Status, Jamie xx, Solange, Sampha, Kaytranada. Rag ’n’ Bone Man and Mac Miller, to name just a few.
This is guaranteed to be one of the highlights of London summer 2017 with a banging mix of DJs, electronic acts, live bands, performance, art, dance, and all sorts of other shenanigans.
Make your festival visit painless by staying at easyHotel London Old Street, and get to and from Lovebox in a 25-minute walk and bus ride.
Damyn’s Hall Aerodrome, Upminster, 26th-28th May
While We are FSTVL is slightly further out of town that the other festivals mentioned here (it is still on the tube!) it is well worth the distance. For two days this summer, you’ll see a strong line-up of globe-conquering DJs, fresh new talent and esteemed undergrounders, alongside big names like Craig David, Dizzee Rascal, Carl Cox, Basement Jaxx, and Wiley. With 300 DJs, set to play across 30 stages in and around a private aerodrome in Uxbridge, it is a must.
We Are FSTVL are offering on-site camping for the first time with hot tubs, a woodland spa, a ball pool, giant pillow fights, silly sports, a Glitter Palace, Blowdry Bar, a campfire and pop up restaurants…. If this all sounds a tad... unnecessary, to you, save loads of money and book a cheap hotel room at easyHotel London Earls Court, easyHotel London South Kensington or easyHotel London Victoria – all perfectly placed on the district line to take you close to the festival.
Victoria Park, 3rd June
Field Day is known for showing everything from eccentric pop and indie new-comers, to underground dance producers and folk musicians. Happening at Victoria Park, it has the perfect mix of dreamy folk, chilled electronic, and banging dance tunes.
This year, Aphex Twin - aka Richard David James – will headline, with further performances from ABRA, Aine Cahill and Julia Jacklin. All slightly lesser-known in the mainstream, but commanding a dedicated following from those who’ve heard them. As well as live music, there will be DJ sessions from Jon Hopkins, Dekmantel Soundsystem, and BBC 6 Music DJ Marc 'Lard' Riley.
Field Day is an easy 25-minute walk & bus from easyHotel London Old Street.
Finsbury Park, 7th- 9th July
This three-day festival at Finsbury Park is entering it’s fourth year in 2017, where it’ll be hosting hip-hop artist Chance The Rapper, London's grime King Skepta, and The Weeknd who’ll be playing his record-breaking single 'Starboy’. If you’re into grime, rap and R&B then this is your festival. Other artists playing include Mike Skinner and Murkage, Hilltop Hoods, Stefflon Don, AJ X DENO, Yuna, Cadet, Abra Cadabra and Topaz Jones.
Victoria Park, 16th July
Citadel Festival returns to Victoria Park on the 16th of July for a one day of music, food, theatre, art and entertainment. Foals are headlining - playing their only UK festival of the year - alongside the likes of Michael Kiwanuka and Laura Marling.
As well as music on the main stage, there’s also plenty of other entertainment in the form of dance, workshops, fashion and beauty stalls, live word, and fitness activities like ‘disco dodgeball’.
Stay at easyhotel London Old Street, and get there in 25 minutes.
Clapham Common, 26th & 27th August
South West Four is happening in Clapham Common over the August Bank Holiday weekend, providing two days of dance music. This year's Saturday headliner is Pendulum with further performances from Eric Prydz, Sigma, MK, and Maya Jane Coles and Heidi. Sunday sees Deadmau5, Marco Carola, Dusky, Gareth Emery and Dutch maestro Nicky Romero.
SW4 has proved itself a must-attend over the past thirteen years for those into big-room house, EDM, electro, techno and trance, as well as party-goers of all sorts looking to make the most of a Monday free of work. While the music finishes around 11pm, there are loads of after-parties for those who want to carry on the party.
Take the Northern line directly from easyHotel London Old Street to Clapham in around 25 minutes.
So make the most of your summer and experience one of these world-famous festivals in one if the most historic and fun cities in the world.
With so many incredible festivals having taken place in Manchester over the summer (see here for examples), you might think things would start slowing down with the cooling of the temperature and the arrival of Autumn…Well, think again as September and October are packed with loads of fun events and festivals to welcome in the new season and reassure people that winter ain’t that bad.
August 2017 | City in the spotlight
Notting Hill Carnival will take place on the 27th and 28th of August this year, with the more chilled Family Day on Sunday, and the grand finale happening on Monday. Seeing as the carnival is such an iconic event, we thought we’d take a look at a bit of its history and the story of Caribbean music in the UK.
We recently took a look at some of the best music and dance festivals on offer this August in London, and now it’s Manchester’s turn. This Northern town is famous for its eclectic and fresh music scene, as well as for its crazy, all-night long parties – and what better recipe could you have for the perfect festival? The month will see all a hugely diverse and exciting range of genres, artists and venues in its different festivals, from the smooth croons of the Manchester Soul festival through to the electric beats of Creamfields.