July Festival Guide

Franglish's selection of London's best summer festivals



The 2014 More London Free Festival is here! Don't miss out on this year's rich range of live performances including fringe, opera, music and dance, as well other exciting events such as Wimbledon in The Scoop and one additional week of Free Film! All of the events are free and open to all ages. No need to buy tickets and no need to book in advance, just turn up and enjoy the festivities! Seating is allocated on a first come, first serve basis, so early arrival is recommended. See the event website for more information including the full programme: www.morelondon.com

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This year's Wireless festival will be held from the 4th-6th July. Headliners Kanye West, Drake and Bruno Mars will take to the stage along with an unbeatable line-up of top acts including Labrinth, Tinie Tempah and Ellie Goulding. It's not too late to get hold of tickets through the official resale site Get Me In. Don't forget that the festival will be coming to Birmingham too and tickets for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday are still available. VIP Packages for all days in both locations are still available. For more information go to www.wirelessfestival.co.uk

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Music, theatre, art, comedy, cabaret, poetry, politics, dance and literature. There really is something for everyone at Latitude, which will be held in Henham Park, Suffolk from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th July. Damon Albarn and Black Keys will be headlining over the weekend and top comediens Dara Ó Briain and Simon Amstell will also be taking to the stage. With theatre, workshops and crafts on offer, Latitude is open to festival-goers of all ages. Tickets are not yet sold out. Adult day tickets cost from £84.50, or £195.50 for a weekend ticket. Children's day tickets are available from just £5. For more information including full line-up and ticket information go to www.latitudefestival.com

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Undoubtedly one of the most enchanting festivals in all the land, the Secret Garden Party returns to Mill Field in Abbots Ripton this July for its 10th year. Set in a vast landscaped garden, bordering a river and a lake, this festival is a true escape from reality, with surprises and exciting experiences around every corner. Standard adult tickets are still up for grabs at £180.50. The Secret Garden Party supports The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), which aims to prevent male suicide in the United Kingdom. To see the full line-up and to book your tickets head to www.secretgardenparty.com

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If you fancy a weekend away from the city, why not check out this year's Hop Farm Music Festival which will take place from 4th-6th July in Paddock Wood, Kent. The Hop Farm is one of the most famous features of the Garden of England, boasting the world’s largest collection of iconic Victorian oast houses! Travel by train is easy and only takes 45 minutes from London to Paddock Wood. This year's three-day line-up is packed full of artists from both past and present. In addition to the two main stages, you will also find a vintage fun fair, street entertainers, a silent disco and the Kidz Zone. Day tickets for adults cost from £68, for young persons from £35, and children under 13 go free. For more information including full line-up and ticketing, go to www.thehopfarmmusicfestival.com

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