As we move towards the warmer days, we’re also looking for ways to fill them. If you’ve missed the ticket train to Glastonbury, the staple British festival returning this summer after a 2-year absence, we’ve got you covered. With line-ups starting to pop up already, this festival season is announcing to be an eventful one, and there are solid alternatives for even the pickiest of festival fans. From new names on the block to iconic artists, the dance scene this summer will be lit up by some of the biggest names in the music industry.
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Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Aveley Road, Upminster, RM14 2TN
Nearest Tube: Upminster
Opening Hours: 24-26 May 2019
We’ve seen We are FSTVL bring the dance music scene to Essex for the last 6 years and this year will be no different. From Nina Kraviz to Marco Carola, electronic heavyweights return to the East End as FSTVL’s self-proclaimed Airfield of Dreams becomes the hotspot of the second May Bank Holiday. With a line-up catered to techno fans, drum and bass fans and everything in between, we expect the festival’s loyal crowd to make this year yet another unforgettable one.
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Peckham Rye Park, Peckham Rye, SE15 4HA
Nearest Tube: Peckham Rye
Opening Hours: 26th May 2019
Those looking for a condensed end of May Bank Holiday will find disco-infused South London takeover Gala a perfect fit. Four stages will welcome feel good music giants, from disco legend Honey Dijon to Auntie Flo’s infectious jazz. The atmosphere will be elevated by East London natives Little Gay Brother and their vibrant performances in what promises to be the perfect Sunday out. You will be well-fed and watered by all indie local pop-ups in what will hopefully be one of the year’s proper summer outings.
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Three Mill Lane, London, E3 3DU
Nearest Tube: Bromley-by-Bow/West Ham
Opening Hours: 10th Aug 2019
As spoiled by the name, Art’s House: A Lovely London Festival originated as a house party in DJ Artwork’s house a few years back before it became the lovely London festival it is today. Building on his pro party skills, Artwork will be joined by another yet-to-be-announced headline DJ which will join the house music legend in sound tracking the party. Designed to maintain the intimate feel of the gathering, Three Mills Island once again returns as the perfect venue to host this mid-summer madness.
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Victoria Park Road, London, E9 7BT
Nearest Tube: Cambridge Heath
Opening Hours: 24th May – 2nd June 2019
Another relative newbie on the London festival scene, All Points East has entered the scene full force last year with headliners such as LCD Soundsystem, The XX and The National – and this year promises to be no different! The two-weekend Vicky Park takeover is bringing together some of the most coveted names on the indie music scene: from Bon Iver to The Chemical Brothers, East London will be buzzing with the sound of your favourite artists. The 4-days in-between performances will be filled with community-driven events including screenings, pop-ups and much more. We can already tell; East London is where it’s all happening this summer!
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