As we approach the start of summer we’re getting well underway for the festival season! We can hear everyone preparing for their festivals, raving over their tickets, and trudging around the shops for tents, wellies and body glitter. But it doesn’t have to cost a fortune! So, whether you’ve paid out for a festival this year or are yet to decide, we have some ideas on how you can join in the fun for less.
Image: M.I.A.’s Meltdown
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
9th – 18th June 2017
Meltdown is one of the UK’s most anticipated music events in London each year, introducing artists who explore and share their own musical talents and taste in a curated mini festival which takes the form of one-off gigs over 10 days. This year, marking the 24th Meltdown, you’ll be able to see the musical works and flavour of artist M.I.A., recognised worldwide as a rapper, producer, director, visual artist and activist. Her musical influences include Nu Rave and dancehall to electro and hip-hop from around the world. She has topped the charts and was named as one of the ten defining artists of the 2000s by Rolling Stone.
To see the amazing line up of gigs M.I.A. is putting on for free, head to the Southbank Centre from 9th – 18th June.
Image: TimeOut London
London Bridge City Summer Festival
London Bridge, SE1 2DB
2nd June – 31st August 2017
London Bridge’s summer festival is a massive three-month long cross-venue party that tries to offer something for everyone, at varying budgets. You can expect live theatre, music and DJs, free fitness and dance classes, live sports broadcasts, quizzes, film screenings from Nightspot Cinema and, our personal favourite, ‘Massaoke’. In case, like us, you hadn’t heard this term before – it means mass karaoke! Events take place across three loactions beween London and Tower Bridge; at the outdoor amphitheatre The Scoop, The Pier and Hay’s Galleria. With something new going on each day you won’t be bored, and will always have something you can go to see over the summer! You don’t want to miss out, so head to the website to keep an eye on the line-up announcements.
Image: River Stage Festival
River Stage Festival
28th July – 28th August
The National Theatre is bringing back weekends of free outdoor performances, as the River Stage returns to the South Bank for Summer 2017. This year they return with another bustling line-up of free live music, dance, performances, workshops, family fun and outdoor cinema. Your weekend evenings will never be the same as there will always be a varied line-up of entertainment taking place in front of the theatre. Each weekend will also see a special takeover from the likes of East London’s The Glory, HOME Manchester, WOMAD and Rambert.
The full line-ups won’t be announced until nearer the time so keep an eye out on the website for news on what to expect this summer!
Barking Folk Festival
Barking Abbey Ruins , London, IG11 8AS
10th-11th June 2017
If you have a slightly more eclectic taste in music, you might just love this free family festival celebrating the best in English and World folk music. It’s time to get excited for this year’s Barking Folk Festival, which will include headline performances from famous folkers Kate Rusby and Newton Faulkner. Plus, there’ll be folk dancing, poetry, street theatre, art, crafts and carnival workshops – perfect for a family weekend spent outside this summer. And there’ll also be some delicious street food stalls to quench your appetite after all the dancing! So, what are you waiting for? Put this date in your diary and make sure you’re at Barking’s Folk Festival.
Are you going to any festivals this year? Let us know in the comments below!