Long, hot summer days at a festival are the stuff memories are made of. Here’s our guide to some of London, Kent and Surrey’s biggest music festivals and gigs in 2016.

Happy Days

Imber Court, East Molesey, on May 28 and 29

Happy Days goes back in time with a retrotastic bill that includes the Human League, Marc Almond, Heaven 17 and the Sugar Hill Gang. Weekend tickets cost £8, day tickets £45. Go to happydaysfestival.co.uk

Fold Festival

Fulham Palace from June 24 to 26

Disco legend Nile Rodgers has hand-picked the acts to perform at this year’s Fold Festival, which sees the likes of Chic, Labrinth, Alison Moyet, Beck, John Newman and Angie Stone rocking out. Tickets cost from £54. Go to foldfestival.com

Jockey Club Live

June 30 to August 4

Enjoy an evening of racing followed by a big performance. The Corrs play Epsom Racecourse while Jess Glynne, Busted and Bryan Adams all have gigs scheduled at Sandown Park. Tickets cost £40. Go to thejockeyclublive.co.uk

British Summer Time at Hyde Park

From July 2 to 10 (announced so far)

One of the capital’s biggest festivals, having hosted the likes of Taylor Swift, the Rolling Stones and the Libertines in previous years. This year’s already announced acts include Massive Attack, Florence and the Machine, Kendrick Lamar, Carole King performing Tapestry, Mumford and Sons, Stevie Wonder and Take That. Go to bst-hydepark.com

Greenwich Music Time

Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, from July 6 to 10

Held in the majestic surroundings of maritime Greenwich, this year’s performers are Joe Bonamassa, Seal, 2Cellos, 10cc, Roxette and Jamie Cullum. Go to greenwichmusictime.co.uk


Finsbury Park from July 8 to 10

Wireless always has a bit of an urban edge and this year features Boy Better Know, Kygo, Jess Glynne, Krept and Konan on the bill alongside Calvin Harris and The 1975. Go to wirelessfestival.co.uk

Hampton Court Palace Festival

From July 8 to 23

Performing at the Tudor palace this year are Tom Jones, Anastacia, Jools Holland, Art Garfunkel, Van Morrison, Caro Emerald, George Benson and Katherine Jenkins. Go to hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com


Victoria Park on July 15 and 16

Now a fixture on the summer festival schedule, Lovebox has a predictably strong line-up including Major Lazer, LCD Soundsystem, Jack Garratt, Stormzy, Diplo and Kano. Go to loveboxfestival.com

Hampton Pool Summer Picnic Concerts

July 15 to 30

There’s a retro feel to the pool’s summer picnic concerts this year with acts including Paul Young, Shakatak, ABC, The Selecter, Nik Kershaw and Ruby Turner. Go to hamptonpool.co.uk


Victoria Park on July 17

Following on from Lovebox, on the same site, Citadel celebrates music, food and theatre with headlining artists Sigur Ros, Caribou and Lianne La Havas. Go to citadelfestival.com

Kew the Music

Kew Gardens, from July 12 to 17

The botanic gardens’ annual series of shows this year features Simply Red, Will Young, Abba tribute Bjorn Again, Jools Holland, The Corrs and Gipsy Kings. Go to kewthemusic.org

LeeFest presents The Neverland

A secret location in Kent, from July 28 to 31

Famed for giving big stars a break, LeeFest – which started off in Lee Denny’s back garden in Beckenham in 2006 – has hosted the likes of Bastille, Jack Garrett and London Grammar before they were famous. This year it has moved to a bigger, mysterious location and should be ‘like Disneyland for adults’. The headline act is Lianne La Havas. Earlybird weekend tickets cost £93.50. Go to leefest.org

Forgotten Fields

Eridge Park near Tunbridge Wells from August 5 to 7

Having sold out in 2015, Forgotten Fields returns with a bill that includes Suede, Kodaline, Dizzee Rascal, Kelis, Maximo Park, the Sugar Hill Gang, Band of Skulls and Newton Faulkner. Adult weekend tickets cost from £113. Go to ticketline.co.uk

Caught by the River Thames

Fulham Palace on August 6 and 7

A new music, arts and nature festival which blends bands, brewers and artists. Low and Super Furry Animals headline a bill which includes Chris Packham in conversation with Lauren Laverne, Beth Orton and Kate Tempest. Tickets cost £55 day or £99 weekend. Go to caughtbytheriverthames.com


Rural Life Centre, Farnham, on August 19 to 21

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer, the bill includes The Darkness, Bad Manners and The Wurzels. Weekend tickets cost £90. Go to wayfest.co.uk

Reading Festival

August 26 to 28

Just a short drive away, Reading is again serving up some huge names – Biffy Clyro, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Disclosure, Fall Out Boy, The 1975 and Foals among them. Weekend tickets cost £213 and day tickets cost £66.50. Go to readingfestival.com

South West Four

Clapham Common on August 27 and 28

London’s premier dance and electronic music festival has another stellar line-up including Nero, Rudimental, Dizzee Rascal and Chemical Brothers. Tickets cost from £59.50. Go to southwestfour.com


Blackheath on September 10 and 11

The food and music festival – sponsored by John Lewis – includes live music, lots of family entertainment and cooking demos. Music this year comes from the likes of Primal Scream, Hot Chip and Roisin Murphy on the Saturday and Belle and Sebastian, James and Squeeze on the Sunday. Go to onblackheath.com

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