Festivals in the City

The festival season is almost over - but you can still catch these great events in London.

There’s no denying the excitement brought on by the summer festival season! September is almost here so make the most of the remaining summer weekends at one of these great festivals. From long-standing events to up and coming gatherings, London is renowned for its cosmopolitan population, eclectic atmosphere and ability to entertain pretty much everyone.

South West Four
Taking its name from the venues area code (SW4), Clapham Common lights up for the bank holiday weekend. What started as a small gathering in 2001 has increased drastically in the last 15 years in attendees, sponsors and headline acts. Partygoers can expect different arenas to suit several tastes in music, phone charger booths, food vendors, fully licensed bars and thousands of like-minded individuals enjoying the last rays of summer. Sunday tickets are still available for this weekend’s event.

Notting Hill Carnival
Take part in the largest street festival in Europe. Based on a traditional Caribbean carnival, this event celebrates the Afro-Caribbean communities of the area. The Notting Hill Carnival is one of the oldest of London’s festivals, having originated in 1964. There are also several events attached to the festival itself, over 18’s can rock out at the pre-carnival street party at Styx bar, where you can catch several live acts. As a family friendly event, you and your little ones can enjoy the parade which includes traditional dances, dress and a colourful, vibrant atmosphere. In fact, children have their very own parade in which to showcase their own flamboyant outfits and dance moves. This event is open to the public and takes place this bank holiday weekend. Don’t miss out!

One Love Festival
As one of the biggest ska and reggae festivals, One Love celebrates diversity, good music, friendship, cultures and emotional connections made through music. This family friendly event has been growing since 2010 and sees performances by local up and coming artists and reggae stars alike. The highlight of the weekend is the much anticipated Battle of the Dubplates, where DJ’s go back to back seeing who can produce the best mix, judged by the enjoyment of the audience. If you’re all about good vibes, tickets are still available for this event, taking place from the 2nd - 4th September 2016.

This is one for the whole family, you, your kids and your mates can enjoy an array of entertainment - from Top 40 musicians, to special appearances from kid’s show personalities. This festival was conceptualised between mates, who wanted to bring something exciting to the South-East side of London to obliterate the stigma associated with the area, while also wanting to create a family friendly escape. Since it started in 2012, OnBlackheath has grown exponentially in terms of music acts, sponsors and festival goers - meaning it can only get better from here.

Hackney One Carnival
The Hackney council and its residents put on a tremendous display of culture, arts and crafts for all to enjoy. Attendees can expect a procession of floats made by local artists, homemade food and of course live music from local Hackney talent. From feathered outfits, decorated homes and even a prize for the best dressed, it’s hard to say no to such an enticing event. Additionally, those with small kids will be happy to know that little ones are catered for too, with their very own safe play area.

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