Festivals going on in and around London in the summertime

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Last summer was a global summer like no other year in modern times.

Most of the world had been plunged into lockdown in March 2020 and while the summer brought a gentle return to some normality – major sporting events, festivals and unnecessary travel were either cancelled or postponed.

And while COVID is still very much part of our everyday life; careful planning (and masks, sanitiser and vaccines) has allowed venues to start opening up again.

Crowds are back in sports stadiums (albeit at a reduced level) and while not all event organisers are going ahead as normal - festivals are back on the calendar.

You, your friends, music, a pint and a field…. Bliss.

These festivals promise even more…

Our Top Six London Festivals for 2021:

1. KALEIDOSCOPE FESTIVAL: 24th July. Alexandra Palace and Park

There is something for everyone at this laid back, family-friendly event. Allow yourself to be entertained by music and comedy against the backdrop of the iconic Alexandra Palace. It won’t be difficult. Groove Armada and The Coral are among those providing the music; Phil Wang, Sophie Duker and Irvine Welsh the comedy. There is also an opportunity to try your hand at Hip Hop Karaoke. Need we say more?

2. COCKTAILS IN THE CITY: Various dates from 17th June. Bedford Square Gardens

50 renowned cocktail bars have been invited to showcase their mixology skills and keep you drinking well – while live music is provided by the Piano Works players. This promises to be one of the best food and drink festivals in London this year. And the Bedford Square Gardens are beautiful.

3. SOUTH FACING FESTIVAL: 5th- 31st August. Crystal Palace Bowl

This is a new festival for summer 2021, held at a venue that - in the past - has hosted Pink Floyd, Elton John, Bob Marley, The Beach Boys and The Pixies.

Confirmed for this year are Dizzee Rascal, The Streets, Max Richter and The Streets. The perfect open-air concert for an August weekend.

4. HAMPTON COURT PALACE FESTIVAL: 13th – 24th August. Hampton Court Palace

While the line up in such a wonderfully historic venue as Hampton Court Palace seems secondary to the stunning surroundings – we can confirm – the line up is amazing too!

Tom Jones, Bastille, Keane and Van Morrison have already confirmed for 2021. Take a picnic and pick a spot in the glorious East Front Gardens – before enjoying world-class performances.

5. CROSS THE TRACKS: 5th September. Brockwell Park

An incredible festival that has only been going since 2019 – making this just its second year. A spectacular celebration of funk, soul and jazz with a craft beer fair, 40 street food sellers and a creatives market. Headline slots from Sister Sledge and Lianne La Havas. This is set to be a future classic.

6. YAM CARNIVAL: 28th August. Clapham Common

Described as an “immersive experience of Black culture, food, music and more” the YAM (you and me) Carnival’s debut was meant to be last year – but obviously due to COVID the event was postponed.

Artists Davido, Kehlani, Honey Dijon and Femi Kuti will perform. Expect excellent world food and powerful art.

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