So, it’s now August, Glastonbury’s over and done with for another year, and many of us are jetting off on beach holidays before the somewhat… browner and more yellowy shades of autumn are upon us. Does that mean the music festival season is more-or-less over for those visiting or traveling around England in 2019?
Of course, it doesn’t! In fact, in London alone, you’ll find an abundance of edgy and energizing festivals taking place this month. Here are just five of them that you’re advised not to miss.
The very word ‘Meltdown’ may conjure up somewhat apocalyptic imagery, but don’t be misled – this one’s a highly sophisticated component of the English festival scene, with a single legendary artist being invited each year to curate a week of gigs at the ever-respectable Southbank Centre.
In 2019, it’s no less than disco icon Nile Rodgers who has been handed the reins – so, at the very least, you can expect to “Dance, Dance, Dance” (to which we say, Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah).
One Day at the Disco, Three Mills Island, 24th August
While we’re going all Studio 54 on you, we might as well also bring up this festival that makes pretty clear in its name what it’s all about. It really does aim to treat visitors and residents of East London to 10 hours of disco hedonism, with acts including the likes of Todd Terje, 2ManyDJs and Derrick Carter.
Maiden Voyage, Three Mills Island, 25th August
Yes, Three Mills Island is such a destination for one-day festival goers this summer that it’s earned two inclusions in this list, and very deservedly so. Maiden Voyage is a brand new festival for this year from the folks at the Jazz Cafe in Camden; however, you shouldn’t expect just jazz, with the likes of hip hop, afrobeat and funk also set to feature.
South West Four, Clapham Common, 24th and 25th August
It’s difficult, to sum up, the genre focus of South West Four in just a few words – but in short, think EDM, grime, garage and basically anything else danceable, which sounds just fine for an end-of-summer weekender to us. Craig David, Tinie Tempah, Example, Basement Jaxx and Idris Elba are just some of the big names set to appear.
Before August finally gives way to September, you really shouldn’t leave London without immersing yourself in this long-running and legendary festival for discerning lovers of house, disco and soul music. In recent years it’s been taking place at Finsbury Park, but 2019 sees the extravaganza head south of the river to the beautiful Crystal Palace Park.
Just one more thing…
Has your appetite been whetted for a summer of live music and white-knuckle vibes in the English capital?
If so, why not book a room in a reputable hotel like Dorsett Hotel, City, so that you can swiftly put your mind at rest about your accommodation and instead focus squarely on the music that you’ll be experiencing in the finest possible way – in the open air, in the company of fellow fans?