Summer Festivals in Hackney 2016

Here's our guide to the best of this summer's outdoor parties in Hackney

SUNSHINE, glitter and ice-cold drinks are key ingredients for a sizzling summer of festivals – just add a banging soundsystem with some great live music and you're set to dance the night (or day) away. 

With big names playing in Hackney including PJ Harvey, James Blake, Calvin Harris, AC/DC, Major Lazer, Wiley, Skepta and Young Fathers – there's music to suit everyone's tastes.

And the best thing is – you don't have to go very far – all the festivals are on your doorstep. Here's our guide to music festivals in Hackney this year:

Hear No Evil

£18.50 adv/ £22.50 otd, 1pm, Sunday, 29 May

Enjoy the Bank Holiday Sunday drinking craft beer and watching new comedy, music and DJ sets from some of London’s best up-and-coming-acts at this one day festival in London Fields Brewery, in aid of Macmillan cancer support. Over 18s only.

Spitalfields Music Festival

Times, locations and prices vary. Thursday, 2 - Wednesday, 29 June

A diverse collection of talent is set to be showcased across East London this summer, as the worlds of opera, folk, jazz and contemporary music collide in unexpected places, from museums, cafes and churches to markets, gardens and cemeteries. Highlights include a premiere by Anna Meredith (pictured below), at Oval Space, based on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, while watching visual projections of the changing seasons.

AC/DC at the Stadium

£71.50 - £104.50. 5pm, Saturday, 4 June

Rock legends AC/DC will be visiting London as part of their European 'Rock or Bust' tour this summer, making them the first band to perform at the transformed stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Born & Bred

£25 - £80. 11am - 9pm/12noon - 8pm, Saturday, 4 & Sunday, 5 June 

Rinse FM and Found Series are joining forces to present Born & Bred 2016 at Haggerston Park, a weekend-long celebration of the present and future sounds of London. Performances and DJ sets from Wiley, Congo Natty, Benga, Calibre, Slimzee, Youngsta and more.

Field Day

£54.50 - £132. Various times, Saturday, 11 & Sunday, 12 June

A firm favourite in the festival calendar, Field Day is back as a two-day party bringing together big names including PJ Harvey, James Blake, Skepta, Air, Slimzee and more at Victoria Park. The Official Bugged Out Field Day after party is back at Oval Space on Saturday, 11 June, from 10.30pm to 6am.

The East London Fringe Festival

Various costs/various times, Friday, 11 July - Sunday, 7 August

Brand new to the scene, The East London Fringe Festival labels itself as 'an intimate celebration of the creative spirit, heart and soul of inner East London'. The festival is a five-week programme packed with music, visual art and cultural events in venues across Hackney. Highlights include a busking festival, pop-up cinema, open-air comedy nights, fashion shows and the best in acoustic music. 

Wireless Festival 

£60 - £185. 1.30pm, Friday, 8 - Sunday, 10 July 

This massive three-day festival at Finsbury Park (above) makes its eleventh comeback with a jam packed line-up including Calvin Harris, Chase & Status, J Cole, Boy Better Know, Future, Krept and Konan, Jay Sean, Ghetts, and Jess Glynne.


£49.50 - £138.50. 12noon, Friday, 15 & Saturday, 16 July

East London's biggest music party is back at Victoria Park for two days, with 12 stages to suit everyone's tastes. The big news for this year is the return of dance crew LCD Soundsystem, playing their only London reunion set on Saturday night. Other highlights include Major Lazer, Jungle, Stormzy, Nightmares on Wax, Diplo, Goldie, Ricardo Villalobos and more. 

Citadel Festival

£54.45 (children under 5 go free, and under-11s pay £5). 12noon, Sunday, 17 July 

A refreshing one-dayer that aims to combine the finest music, food, theatre, arts and entertainment at Victoria Park. Live music performances from the likes of Sigur Ros, Caribou, Lianne Le Havas, The 2 Bears, Akala and more. Alternative activities at the festival include debates, sports, workshops and theatre performances.

Visions Festival 

From £30. Various times, Saturday, 6 August 

Multi-venue festival, Visions, returns this year with an array of live performances by Young Fathers, Anna Calvi, Lindstrom, Mykki Blanco, Elf Kid and many more. Street-food and craft beer will also be available across all six participating Hackney venues: London Fields Brewhouse, Moth Club, Netil 360 Rooftop Bar, Oval Space, The Laundry and St John-at-Hackney.