With London’s club scene continually evolving and surprising, it is only fitting that it is DJs and electro-pioneers who dominate the ever impressive festival scene.
Now in its 11th year, Lovebox continues to be the glitter ball highlight of summer with Goldfrapp and home-boy Plan B providing the groove, while SW4 remains the perfect party to see out summer.
It’s all change for Wireless, which moves from Hyde Park to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and brings with it iconic artists to match the venue's prestige.
There are new festivals too, with As One In the Park coming direct from the club scene and Electric Daisy Carnival arriving from the States.
As One In The Park @ Victoria Park 16 May
After three years as a club in Vauxhall, As One becomes London’s newest festival with a focus on serious dancing and outrageous cabaret.
Headliners: Rita Ora, Roger Sanchez, Holly Johnson
Key London acts: Katy B, Peyton, Boy George
Hot tips: Lydia Sanz, Paul Heron, Dulcie Danger
Tickets from £38.50 www.asoneinthepark.com
The Playground Festival @ Brixton Academy 7-8 June
Is a festival really a festival when it looks like a late night club? Well, with a stellar line-up of electronic maestros, Playground is certainly a cause for celebration.
Headliners: Leftfield, Squarepusher, The Orb
Key London acts: Dan Beaumont, Deadboy, Wildkats
Hot tip: Lapalux, Tokimonsta, Wolfgang Flur
Tickets: From £27.50 per day £70 weekend www.theplaygroundfestival.com
Wireless Festival @ Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 12-14 July
The biggest pop and RnB legends in the world…ever, come to Stratford for a weekend of slick beats and perfect rhymes.
Headliners: Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Will.i Am
Key London acts: Magnetic Man, Katy B, Jessie Ware
Hot tips: Iggy Azalea, Angel, A$AP Rocky
Tickets: £83.50 www.wirelessfestival.co.uk
Lovebox @ Victoria Park 19-21 July
Twitter bigmouth Azealia Banks and Blogosphere darlings AlunaGeorge join the annual outdoor disco party, which this year climaxes with the ever excited Goldfrapp, we can’t wait.
Headliners: Azealia Banks, Plan B, Goldfrapp
Key London acts: Factory Floor, Infinity Ink, AlunaGeorge
Hot tips: Purity Ring, Ms Mr, Mykki Blanco
Tickets: from £29 www.mamacolive.com/lovebox
Electric Daisy Carnival @ Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 20 July
The massive American EDM festival is the American football of the US rave scene: it tours American cities and now it has a franchise in London. Expect dropping bass squarks and glow-sticks aplenty.
Headliners: Sub Focus, Tiesto, Madeon
Key London acts: Jaguar Skills, Nero, Mat Zo
Top tips: Nervo, Danny Avila, Deniz Koyu
Tickets: £72.50 www.electricdaisycarnival.co.uk
SW4 @ Clapham Common August 24-25
Ibiza moves to south west London to turn Clapham Common into a massive super club. Bastions of house nestle with rising techno artists to prove the beat never dies.
Headliners: Armin Van Burrin, Example, Knife party
Key London acts: Tim Green, The 2 Bears, Dusky
Hot tips: Floss Tradamus, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Guti
Tickets: From £47.50 www.southwestfour.com
Check out our guide to London’s Indie and Rock Festivals.
Photography by David Newbury