The biggest live music festivals in London 2023

Music Tuesday April 11, 2023 By: Harry Howes

Dig out your wellies and warm up your vocal cords because music festival season is well and truly upon us! Thousands of live music fans are packing their tents as they prepare to brave the elements at Glastonbury, Reading, the Isle of Wight and beyond.

But for those of you that would prefer to stay closer to home to get your music fix (or if you simply fancy a city break in the capital), you’re in luck!

The London festival scene is bigger and better than ever, with plenty of events taking place throughout the summer. And you can enjoy the tunes in style thanks to our range of hospitality experiences.

The stage is set for an extraordinary few months of music magic – take a look at what’s coming up.


BST Hyde Park

When: 24th June – 9th July

Where: Hyde Park, London

Headline acts: Guns N’Roses, Bruce Springsteen, Take That, Billy Joel, Lana Del Rey, P!nk

One of London’s most iconic music festivals is back for another year, with British Summer Time returning to Hyde Park. Countless superstars have rocked the stage since it began in 2013, including Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Adele, Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift.

The organisers have outdone themselves once again this year. Guns N’ Roses, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel are among the headline acts at this year’s festival, which takes place over a series of weekend dates.

And there’s plenty of choice for the younger crowd too, with Take That, P!nk, Lana Del Rey and Blackpink also scheduled to perform.

If any of these artists are on your bucket list, why not avoid the crowds and watch them from the comfort of our hospitality areas?

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BST Hyde Park


Kew Gardens

When: 11th to 16th July

Where: Kew Gardens, Richmond

Headline acts: Bastille, The Human League, Jools Holland, The Vamps

Festival locations don’t get much prettier than this. Instead of the mud, tents and litter of Glastonbury, enjoy an evening of music in the stunning surroundings of Kew Gardens, one of London’s most picturesque settings.

Kew the Music is a picnic festival that is ideal for all the family and the botanical gardens are the perfect place to wind down on a warm summer evening.

Bastille, The Vamps and The Human League are among the acts set to perform. Plus, Jools Holland will add a touch of class to the occasion with his Rhythm & Blues orchestra.


Greenwich Summer Sounds

When: 4th to 8th July

Where: Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

Headline acts: Tom Jones, Nile Rodgers and CHIC, Kaiser Chiefs, Black Eyed Peas

We’re staying south of the river for our next festival and once again, you’ve got the chance to enjoy some live music in another stunning venue. Tom Jones is set to continue on the summer festival circuit at the Old Royal Naval College for Greenwich Summer Sounds.

Enjoy the panoramic views from the Royal Observatory before wandering down the hill to enjoy sets from Nile Rodgers and CHIC, Kaiser Chiefs and Black Eyed Peas.

If you feel like taking in the tunes with a glass of fizz in luxury facilities, take a look at our hospitality offerings.


Henley Music Festival

When: 5th to 9th July

Where: Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Headline acts: Westlife, Rag’n’Bone Man, Nile Rodgers and CHIC, Boney M

Okay, this one isn’t strictly in London – but hear us out. It’s on the River Thames, it’s easy to get to from the capital and it promises to be bigger and better than ever.

It’s just a few days after the Henley Royal Regatta and while there’s no rowing here, the main stage does float on the river. Fingers crossed there’s a lifeguard on duty to keep an eye on the likes of Westlife, Rag’n’Bone Man and Nile Rodgers and CHIC, who are among the festival’s headliners.

Plus, Boney M will be performing with original lead singer Liz Mitchell. And if you fancy a break from the music, you can laugh your socks off as Jack Dee and Jo Brand crack jokes on the comedy stage.


Other concerts in London

It’s not just festivals where you can get your live music fix this year! Some of the world’s biggest acts are doing standalone gigs at London’s biggest venues – and we’ve got the best seats in the house available.

The O2 Arena will host Maroon 5 and Kiss in July before Sugababes and Shania Twain take to the stage in September. Plus, Madonna brings three of her tour dates to the dome in October.

With the football season over, Wembley will become a concert venue for the summer, starting with the Capital Summertime Ball and four nights of Harry Styles’ tour in June.

Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe and Blur take centre stage in July before The Weeknd takes over north London in August.

It’s not just Wembley that’s swapping football for live music. Arctic Monkeys bring their long-awaited UK tour to the Emirates in June. And just a few miles down the road, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Wizkid will be performing at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in August.

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