Our Pick of the Best Late Summer Festivals in the UK

Our Pick of the Best Late Summer Festivals in the UK

Wannabe hurricanes and shortening days be damned! Summer still has plenty left in store, if these festivals are anything to go by!

We’ve picked out some of the great late summer festivals to stick on your To Do List, in London and beyond…

And don’t forget, at time of writing there’s still a week of Edinburgh Fringe fun to be had – check out our Edinburgh Fringe Reviews if you need some inspiration.

Festival No. 6

Festival No. 6 | Portmeirion | 5-7 September | Weekend: From £160 // Day Tickets: From £50

Our Festival of the Summer, Festival No. 6 sees the kooky curiosity that is Portmeirion play host to a great line-up of musicians, comedians, writers, films, theatre & more. We’ll be there to report back on the likes of London Grammar (pictured), Patrick Wolf, Pet Shop Boys, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Charlie Higson, Robin Ince, Marcel Lucont & more…

Notting Hill Festival

Notting Hill Carnival | 24-25 August | FREE

It couldn’t be the August Bank Holiday weekend without the Notting Hill Carnival, which represents everything about the area that Richard Curtis somehow forgot about. Europe’s biggest street festival is “a full-blooded Caribbean carnival”, featuring amazing live music, dancing, tasty food and the best party atmosphere of the summer!

End of the Road Festival | Larmer Tree Gardens | 29-31 August | Weekend: £180

The Flaming Lips, John Grant, Yo La Tengo, Gruff Rhys, John Cooper Clarke and the Black Lips are amongst an incredibly eclectic line-up, which also includes comedy from Jessica Delfino, Mark Watson & David Morgan, screenings of Innerspace, A Clockwork Orange & Escape from Planet
of the Apes, and so much more that we’ll leave you to explore the website yourself…

End of the Road
Rock The Farm

Rock The Farm | Chase Distillery | 30-31 August | Weekend: From £70 // Day Tickets: From £32.50

Don’t worry, you won’t be getting too dirty down on this farm, as Mystery Jets headline a two-day boutique festival which focuses on fine British food & drink. A winning combination of great music, food and drink from a whole mix of cultures & passionate brands excited about their produce, and the Chase Cup: four heat-winning bartenders plus one wild card entrant will compete before your very eyes to see who can knock out the best cocktail.

London Mela | Gunnersbury Park | 31 August | FREE

Europe’s biggest outdoor South Asian festival takes over Gunnersbury Park, with an exciting line up of live music, dance, visual arts and food. The Main Stage line-up includes the biggest selling female Bhangra artist in the world, Miss Pooja, a comeback gig for B21 after a 12 year hiatus, Canadian singer-songwriter Raghav, and the Pakistani Justin Bieber, Asim Azhar.

London Mela
Reload Festival

Reload Festival | Norfolk Showground | 5-7 September | Weekend: From £99 // Day Tickets: From £39

Roll back the years, let your hair down, and revel in the hits of yesteryear courtesy of Kool & The Gang, Soul II Soul, Rick Astley, ABC, Hot Chocolate, The Human League, Billy Ocean (pictured), Sister Sledge, Aswad & Five Star, to name but a few!

On Blackheath | 13-14 September | Weekend: £99 // Day Ticket: £57.50

A short walk from To Do List HQ, festival fever reaches the gorgeous open spaces of Blackheath. Massive Attack, Grace Jones (pictured), Frank Turner & Imelda May head a strong music line-up, whilst the food stage hosts Gizzi Erskine, Valentine Warner, Simon Hulstone and others, and a food market and fun factory should cater to the full age spectrum.

On Blackheath
Colourscape

Colourscape | Clapham Common | 13-21 September | £4-£9

The 25th anniversary of the Colourscape festival – which aims to introduce contemporary music to the largest possible audience – culminates in a week-long residency on Clapham Common, featuring weekend concerts and weekday colour and music workshops. Saturday 21st sees a special birthday concert, where 25 composers have been chosen to present their music to celebrate the 25 years of Colourscape.

Stuart Wilson

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I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.