5 music festivals in and around Richmond this summer
With plenty of recreational green space and excellent transport links to and from London, it’s no wonder that come summertime Richmond and its luscious surroundings are a stomping ground for music lovers visiting far and wide. This year, we’re particularly spoilt for choice with major superstars dominating stages left, right and centre.
For a day out revelling with live music in the sun this summer, check out our top 5 music festivals and events, all within easy distance of a stay at The Petersham.
1. Hampton Court Palace Festival, Hampton Court
Tuesday 5th June – Saturday 23rd June
Festival venues don’t get much grander then the gloriously historic Hampton Court Palace and this year there are some pretty big headliners to suitably match across the 8-day event. Why not jig along to Lionel Richie’s soulful vocals, or embrace the summer spirit with The Beach Boys’ feel-good melodies, all whilst enjoying the view of the iconic Palace backdrop?
Rock royalty The Rolling Stones take centre stage at Twickenham Stadium this June, where you can expect to jump about to the band’s world-dominating hits in the expansive 82,000 capacity venue. More of a rap fan? Catch American megastar Eminem spitting his top tunes across his two-day set in July.
3. Kew the Music, Kew Gardens
Tuesday 10th July – Sunday 15th July
For a more laidback evening of music, a picnic concert at Kew the Music may just be the ticket, where you can bring your own basket of picnic food and drink. Settle among the stunning verdant scenery of the famous Kew Gardens as you relish in the sound of pop crooners Steps or 80s nostalgia The Human League, to name a few.
4. Lovebox, Gunnersbury Park
Friday 13th July – Saturday 14th July
Gunnersbury Park takes on the massive responsibility of hosting two of London’s biggest summer festivals this year, Lovebox and Citadel festivals, both of which were formerly home in East London’s famous Victoria Park. Spanning across two days, the hedonist’s favourite Lovebox boasts an exciting international line-up including American hip hop and rock fusion band N.E.R.D and Irish BBC Radio 1 host and DJ Annie Mac, just to name a few of the chart-toppers aiming to please the crowds.
5. Citadel, Gunnersbury Park
Sunday 15th July
Set on the Sunday following Lovebox, the indie all-day festival Citadel is a slightly more relaxed affair. Headliners include the likes of chart-climbing rockers Tame Impala and Scottish synth-pop band Chvrches, with the latter attending Citadel as their exclusive London performance this summer.
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By Ellie Swain