Best of British: Summer Music Festivals, July

Glastonbury may be over, but there’s still lots more live music happening in July. GoTimeshare picks some of the best of Britain’s legendary picnic concerts, coming soon…

1 – 3 JULY: The Big Feastival – Clapham Common, London SW9

Good food and great music are on the line-up (and so is Jamie Oliver) at the first ever Big Feastival. There’s live music from Friday to Sunday (artists include Soul II Soul, Roots Manuva, The Charlatans, Guillemots and The Bees) while top chefs serve up some tasty cuisine. It’s all in aid of the Prince’s Trust and Jamie Oliver Foundation.

www.jamieoliver.com/thebigfeastival

1 – 3 JULY: Wireless, Hyde Park, London W2

Music lovers have a choice this weekend between Wireless and the Big Feastival. Black Eyed Peas, Grace Jones, The Chemical Brothers and Tinie Tempah will be just a few of the big-name artists playing a mix of hip-hop, Britpop and R&B in one of London’s Royal Parks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and Jarvis Cocker will also make an appearance.

1 – 3 JULY: Hop Farm Festival, Kent

Kent’s version of Glastonbury has a stunning weekend planned this year. There’s camping, cool beers and even cooler music at Hop Farm. Heading a star line up are The Eagles, Bryan Ferry and Brandon Flowers, on Friday, with Morrissey, Iggy and the Stooges, 10cc and Patti Smith on stage on Saturday. Sunday, it’s Prince and Tinie Tempah. Dozens of great support acts, too numerous to mention – for the full list, go to www.hopfarmfestival.com

7 – 17 JULY: The Summer Series at Somerset House

It’s the ninth year for The Summer Series, held at London’s beautiful Somerset House, and a chance to enjoy the elegant surroundings as well as great indie music. The Eels and Ellie Goulding, who performed at Kate and William’s post-wedding bash will be on stage and other acts include Professor Green, Blondie, My Morning Jacket and Lamb. For more details of who’s playing when, visit: http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/music

Various Dates – JULY: Kenwood House, Hampstead, London

Lisa Minelli, George Benson, Gipsy Kings and Kenwood House Summer Prom – for many, the highlight – all take place in the grounds of beautiful Kenwood House. Edward Cecil Guinness left his stunning stately home to the British nation and it’s now one of the English Heritage summer concert venues. A grand venue, great time and big name music artists, guaranteed. Bring a picnic! If you missed Tom Jones, he’s playing again on 30th July at Audley End, Essex (see below)

http://www.picnicconcerts.com/concerts.php

Various Dates – JULY: Audley End, Essex

This is the sister music concert series, held at this beautiful mansion in Essex, organised by English Heritage. Bjorn Again, Bootleg Beatles, Scouting For Girls, Sophie Ellis Bextor, The Saturdays and every woman’s favourite Welshman, Tom Jones, himself. Followed by fellow Welsh superstar Katherine Jenkins, at the gala closing night, the Audley End Proms, on Saturday July 31st.

http://www.picnicconcerts.com/concerts.php

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