Ready to embrace Christmas in all its jolly, brightly-coloured glory? For a mega dose of festive London spirit, you can’t get much better than a stroll through Winter Wonderland 2017 in Hyde Park. It’s an epic celebration of all that is Christmas. You’ll find winter markets, festive fairground rides, ice skating, warming winter food, grottos and of course plenty of glühwein.
New attractions for 2017 include the Magical Ice Kingdom Deep Sea Adventure, which is home to ace ice and snow sculptures, an alpine-style village with karaoke huts for festive sing-a-longs and Cinderella on Ice. Family favourites making a return include Zippos Christmas Circus, The Sooty Christmas Show and the giant observation wheel offering great views over Winter Wonderland.
Andy C, Carl Cox, Eric Prydz
With its Best Medium-Sized Festival prize still gleaming from its gantries, We Are FSTVL continues to go from strength to strength, with even more colour and more incredible EDM masters.
Try its 16 stages, 200 DJs, stylised stages and VIP arena with bubbling hot tubs, spa treatments, gourmet food and champagne bars for a weekend (and hangover) you’re unlikely to forget in a hurry.
Arcade Fire, Rod Stewart, David Guetta & Run DMC
The reincarnation of one of the UK’s first ever festivals continues to pull in the world’s biggest guitar slingers and the hottest craftsman and woman from pop and electronic genres.
Two Door Cinema Club, Grace Jones, Bonobo
If there’s one thing Britain’s festivals do brilliantly, it’s boutique bashes. One of the more posh and pretty gatherings in the event calendar, Oxfordshire’s Wilderness Festival is the type of place where you can watch a bona fide legend on the stage, enjoy a banquet feast, a science lecture, soak in a hot tub, and watch a one man performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Kasabian, Eminem, Muse
Reading Festival is the type of riotous event that Bank Holidays are made for, providing a platform for rising and established indie acts, metal groups, next generation dance, hip hop and alternative pop bands. If they ain’t playing here, they ain’t worth seeing.
Pendulum, deadmau5, Eric Prydz
If London ever needed an extra club, South West Four is it. And what a club it is. Forget those tasteless, champagne with sparklers joints, this is an open-air party palace that sorts out the essentials first: music, music and more music.
A coming together of the EDM world, their understudies, and up-and-comings stars, the four stages of house, techno, minimal, trance and electronica will fill your ears for the evening, before you head out to one of the countless after parties.