Decor & Style takes care of you and so that today we have the 10 Must Watch Artists at London’s Summer Festivals 2016 as summer approaches, music fans are faced with a wide variety of choices when it comes to festivals to attend. Despite the national festivals taking the lead, London is home to many festivals with seriously impressive line-ups.
Taking place at Finsbury Park on 8-10 July, Wireless recently announced their line-up, headlined by Chase & Status, Calvin Harris and Boy Better Know. The likes of Craig David and Kwabs will also be appearing.
Barclaycard’s British Summer Time gigs in Hyde Park present a number of tantalising options this year thanks to their stunning line up across multiple dates.
With Florence & The Machine headlining, Kendrick Lamar playing his exclusive UK date and Stevie Wonder performing Songs In The Key Of Life in full, it’s set to be the biggest year yet in Hyde Park.
Victoria Park is busy as ever this summer with Lovebox festival and Field Day taking place. PJ Harvey will be headlining Field Day ahead of her new album alongside James Blake, while LCD Soundsystem are making a comeback with their headline slot at Lovebox.
With this much variety on offer at this year’s London festivals, you’ll easily find one suited to your personal taste.
10. LCD Soundsystem – Lovebox, Victoria Park (15-16 July)
After announcing their reunion earlier this year, the New York group announced their only UK tour date so far, a headline slot at Victoria Park’s Lovebox festival. Headlining the Saturday night, LCD Soundsystem were announced alongside Major Lazer performing on the Friday.
9. Kendrick Lamar – Barclaycard British Summer Time, Hyde Park (2 July)
The King of Compton has yet to tour his critically acclaimed album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’. With his performance at BST as his only UK tour date, you can’t afford to miss out on his summery hip-hop sound and intricate lyricism. Kendrick Lamar will appear before Florence & The Machine, who headline BST on 2 July.
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8. The Temper Trap – Field Day, Victoria Park (11-12 June)
Sunday 12 June sees an unexpected appearance from The Temper Trap. The Australian group’s debut album was released back in 2009, and featured their worldwide hit ‘Sweet Disposition’. Having released their second album in 2012, the Australian group are returning to Britain to charm us with their soft tones.
7. Chet Faker – Lovebox, Victoria Park (15-16 July)
Chet Faker is returning to London to make his only UK appearance at this year’s Lovebox festival. The Australian soul-electronica artist will undoubtedly seduce his crowd with a selection of alluring tracks from his ‘Built On Glass’ album, leaving a possibility for new material too. Fingers crossed.
6. Young Fathers – Barclaycard British Summer Time, Hyde Park (1 July)
Glasgow’s hip-hop prophets and Mercury Prize winners, Young Fathers, are taking to the stage in Hyde Park supporting Massive Attack in July. The critically acclaimed trio released their second album last April, and are currently touring North America following their rise to success.
5. James Blake – Field Day, Victoria Park (11-12 June)
The melancholic, yet angelic sound of our very own James Blake returns to Victoria Park this summer. Headlining Field Day on Friday 11 June, James Blake will undoubtedly perform his bestsellers, with hope for new material. With his only other UK performance at Green Man Festival in August, there’s no time to miss James Blake’s appearance at Field Day.
4. Super Furry Animals – Caught By The River Thames, Fulham Palace (6-7 August)
The Welsh psychedelic-rockers are headlining Caught By The River Thames this year, alongside Low, Temples and Kate Tempest, who will also be performing at Fulham Palace this August. The Welsh group are set to support Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds on his UK April tour, and will return to London for the Fulham festival in August.
3. Warpaint – Barclaycard British Summer Time, Hyde Park (1 July)
The critically acclaimed girl group are bringing their infectious sound to London this July, performing alongside Massive Attack and Young Fathers. With this BST date being their only upcoming live performance at the moment, it’s not to be missed. Warpaint’s woeful words and turbulent sound is just part of the solid selection of acts performing that day.
2. Craig David’s TS5 – Wireless Festival, Finsbury Park (8-10 July)
The garage guru Craig David has returned to the charts, meaning an inevitable performance this summer is definitely necessary. His fast paced sound and his R’n’B influence is a boisterous blend to jumpstart a garage revival, and his performance will undoubtedly be a crowd pleaser.
With the recent revival of grime, Boy Better Know have finally gained a worldwide reputation. Skepta has been at the forefront of Boy Better Know for over a decade, and is now performing worldwide, and appearing at Victoria Park this June. For infectious lyricism and beats, Skepta is another act that isn’t to be missed.
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