Glastonbury Festival may be out of many people’s price ranges, but there’s plenty of other music extravaganzas to take advantage of this summer. With London’s large culture of music, you can find festivals closer to home and further afield to keep you grooving all summer long and with less stress on the bank.
Whether you’re on the lookout for an inner-city urban beat or a parkland parade of musical talent, guests at the Park Grand Hotel Paddington are ideally placed for festivals both in London and outside. With Paddington station ideally connected to much of West of England, you can enjoy the summer sunshine with some of the best musical talents in the UK.
So, when it comes to music festivals, how can you party on a budget? If you’re staying at hotels near Paddington Station this summer, the world is your oyster when it comes to music events.
We Are F S T V L
With up to 50,000 ravers, this summer dance party takes place in Upminster, and is one of the go to music festivals for hip hop and electronic music. This year sees the likes of DJ EZ, Big Shaq, Donae’O and Andy C. For fans of international club music, this festival gives the Ministry of Sound a run for its money!
With some of the best international acts to grace a London stage. This is an inner-city music festival which really turns up the heat. With the likes of Action Bronson and Solange playing in the South West London based Gunnersbury Park, this is one of London’s most popular festivals.
British Summertime is one of the best options for music festivals on a budget. With day tickets available and Florence and the Machine and Blood Orange playing this July, you can welcome in the summer in one of London’s most iconic parks. With acres of land and a diverse line-up, Hyde Park becomes a haven for music lovers of all ages.
Every June Field Day welcomes in young music connoisseurs with its cutting-edge line-up. Taking place at a different location each year, the festival’s history has seen the likes of P Money, Aphex Twin and Deerhunter attract the cool and trendy of London.
Taking place in Hackney, this multi venue music extravaganza cultivates a following for the fringes of new music. With an international rostrum of music, Visions is a cheap day festival which champions the new and exciting, giving you the chance to find the next big thing before the rest of the city.
Great Escape Festival
Take a weekend break by the sea and enjoy three days of music for less than £100 every May. With thousands of artists taking part, the Great Escape Festival takes over countless venues throughout Brighton and attracts music lovers the world over. Only an hour away from London Victoria, the Great Escape also hosts the Alternative Escape, a free alternative for the hard-up music connoisseur.
Kew the Music
Based in the scenic Kew Gardens, this annual festival brings world headliners such as Craig David and Garbage to the forefront of the music world. Here you can find one of the best botanic gardens in the city full to the brim with great music. What’s more, those attending the event between 10th and 15th of July, are allowed to bring their own food and drink.
Based in Boston manor Park, Junction 2 is a day festival focused on techno music. With its amazing line up of international techno stars, this is a heady mix of electronic and light shows, and all for less than £50. Taking place at the beginning of June each year, this festival is for the underground dance divas and club night connoisseurs.
Sounds from the Other City
This soulful Salford festival is a hidden gem in the North of England. Bringing a raucous array of local and international bands to the forefront of this Manchester neighbor, this is a cheap day festival which is full of bite and multi-venue musical mayhem. Whilst it may be a little out of the way for London visitors, Sounds From the Other City is a festival for those looking to explore a little further afield.
Finsbury Park in North East London is a haven for culture and musical talent. This year the titular park plays host to killer indie bands such as Two Door Cinema Club and the Vaccines, all at an incredibly cheap price indeed.
A 30-minute train journey from Kings Cross and you’ll be in the middle of Herefordshire, the home to Farr Festival. This incredible 4-day electronic festival will host the likes of Tom Misch and Mount Kimbie from the 5th to the 7th of July. With its free and easy atmosphere, this a festival to truly get you in the mood for the summer.
At the end of May, Peckham Rye Park plays host to a soul and disco themed extravaganza. Bringing local DJ’s and carefully curated stages toe to toe with mouthwatering food markets, GALA Festival is one not to miss next year.
Based in the Sussex countryside, this festival is a liberal minded music festival which attracts activists, artists and musicians alike. With workshops focusing on arts and crafts, as well as talks and debates designed to expand your mind, Brainchild is no stranger to diverse music stages.
This is another must see at Gunnersbury Park. With a diverse line up of music and events, Citadel truly has something for everyone. With epic psychedelic rockers Tame Impala headlining this year’s festival, we can’t wait to see what other acts will be storming West London.
All Points East
All Points East is based in Hackney’s Victoria Park and includes a diverse selection of alternative acts. Taking place over two weekends in early June, this festival also hosts free community projects, promising local musicians and educational workshops.