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Summer 2016 London Festivals


After the unexpected late snow flurries of last week, the days are definitely starting to get longer and the sun seems to have finally come out to play, putting a special twinkle in London’s eye and a spring in its step. East London has never looked better, with restaurants, bars and rooftops buzzing, as the city is hunkering down for a busy and exciting summer!

Keep an eye on #QbicRecommends – your curated guide to the city’s best events and most inspiring places – for the latest tips. And with Qbic being strategically located right at the centre of all the East London fun and action, we also whole-heartedly recommend that you plan your London stay with us quick! (we’re nice like that) 😉

Highlights from this year’s vast tasting menu of urban music festivals, pop ups and more alternative al fresco events than you can shake a boozy ice cream at include…

Lovebox Festival – a celebration of the best of British and international music talent, dance and the arts – is returning to Victoria Park in July ‘16 for two days of live music, DJs, dancing and general frolics. This year’s massive headliners are LCD Soundsystem and Major Lazer.

Wireless Festival – returns to London’s Finsbury Park in July for another weekend of pop, dance, urban and R&B to further cement its reputation as one of the capital’s musical highlights. This year’s lineup includes Calvin Harris, Chase & Status, J. Cole and Boy Better Know, plus UK garage legend Craig David and grime royalty Lady Leshurr, making sure Wireless is still the capital’s go-to festival for those after the urban side of mainstream.

British Summer Time – taking place in Hyde Park over 2 weeks in July and featuring headliners such as Florence & the Machine, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Massive Attack, Mumford & Sons… this is not one to be missed!

Citadel festival – A one-day festival in East London with arts, culture, street food and music from Sigur Rós.

Standon Calling is a boutique festival located just outside London in the grounds of a beautiful 16th Century manor house, where in addition to the music you’ll find immersive theatre, trapeze, Rockaoke, all of the best festival food traders, and a heated swimming pool.

51st State Festival – after a sold out debut last summer, this one-day dance festival returns to London’s Trent Park exploring the roots of house music with a truly transatlantic programme, joining the dots between the US, the UK and the Caribbean. The lineup features tastemakers, trail-blazers and seminal figures from house, garage, soul, funk, dub, dancehall and disco set within one of North London’s most stunning parks.

Somerset House Summer Series –  Londoners love the venue for offering all the open-air excitement of a festival stage right in the centre of the capital, whilst artists enjoy playing to a captivated audience in a grand eighteenth-century courtyard by the Thames. The line-up is always great too – Adele, Amy Winehouse and Sam Smith have all graced the stage – and 2016 is no exception.

NOTE: The above are mere highlights of the full July & August Agenda, which we have spent many, many days’ minutes carefully putting together, especially for you, while tickets are still available. If you’d like to see more info on cool events happening in London (no pressure) you can now do so… on #QbicRecommends.

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