If you’re a music fan, make a date in your diary to spend at least a few days in London this summer. As ever, the capital is full to bursting with iconic musical performances, can’t miss gigs and hot festivals. Of course, being the vibrant capital that it is, London doesn’t miss any type of genre from its packed summer schedule, with pop, rock, jazz and classical events all planned for the warmer months.
Even if you aren’t a hardcore music fan, few things beat the feel good factor that come from sitting in a city park, picnic at hand, listening to live music in the very heart of one of the busiest and most culturally diverse capitals in the world. So, get your Grand Park London Kensington booking confirmed and add these musical events to your summer calendar…
Greenwich + Docklands International Festival
19 June – 04 July, 2020
The Greenwich + Docklands International Festival is a free, multi-day outdoor arts festival . Part of the Royal Greenwich Festivals Series, it’s the largest event of its kind in London and brings together a wealth of performing arts disciplines including live music, street theatre and dance, plus circus workshops, all produced by both home grown and international artists.
Last year, some 60,000 visitors were treated to more than 130 shows over the course of the event with Woolwich and the Royal Albert Dock transformed into grand outdoor ballrooms. The event takes place across several venues in the Greenwich and surrounding areas, with some including the famous Cutty Sark – this makes this festival a fun choice if you want to couple open-air live music with further exploration of the city when staying with us at the Grand Park London Kensington.
British Summer Time, Hyde Park
03-12 July, 2020
What could be more quintessentially summertime than live music enjoyed in the gloriously green space that is the beautiful Hyde Park? This 10 day event is reason enough to make your Grand Park London Kensington reservation today. 2020’s line-up is headlined by multi-Grammy award winner Taylor Swift, Pearl Jam, Post Malone and girl band, Little Mix. Ticket holders can also expect to see a wide range of other stars giving open-air performances including Kesha, Zara and Rita Ora with more to be announced.
Music on offer will span pop, rock and hip hop and in addition to the concerts, the free Open Air festival which runs alongside will be serving up street food, movie nights, sports screenings, art workshops, circus shows, music and live entertainment, making this suitable for the whole family.
Greenwich Music Time
07 -11 July, 2020
Set to the historically impressive backdrop of Old Royal Navy College London, some of music’s most popular and enduring stars will take to the stage over the course of five days at Greenwich Music Time. A series of concerts by the Thames, the 2020 lineup is incredibly diverse, with confirmed acts including Lea Salonga, John Barrowman, Lewis Capaldi, Lauryn Hill and McFly. The entertainment takes place in the evening, with performances taking place from 7-10pm each day – allowing you plenty of time to enjoy an Indian afternoon tea Park Grand or early dinner at the Park Grand London Kensington Restaurant before you set off to the Thames.
Somerset House Summer Series
9 – 19 Jul, 2020
If you’re looking for a culturally inspiring destination to pass a few hours listening to live music after enjoying the famous Indian afternoon tea Park Grand, a visit to Somerset House is a must. This summer, this historic working arts centre will welcome visitors to its picturesque courtyard for a series of live musical performances from world renowned acts in a wonderfully intimate setting.
Now in its 20th year, this series of events is especially atmospheric thanks to the beautiful traditional setting. If you have stayed with us at our Park Grand Kensington Accommodation and visited the winter ice skating ring at Somerset House, you’ll know just how atmospheric this space is.
Modulo Summer Concert London
10 July, 2020
The Royal Academy of Music will open its doors for an inspiring performance on 10 July by a network of school and community musicians and groups. The esteemed Academy is the perfect backdrop for a summer concert and the ultimate destination for classical music fans. The Mudulo Concert programme is organised by Orchestras for All, a national ensemble for young musicians from challenging backgrounds across the UK.
The organisation’s Modulo programme is designed to stimulate and nurture ensemble music-making at school and music level, meaning your ears could well be treated to an early preview of some of the next generation’s most talented musicians. The theme for the performance is ‘My Roots, Our Roots’.
Before settling in for the 30-minute performance, why not take in the conservatoire’s museum? It charts 200 years of musical history with art, instruments and manuscripts on display plus there are regular live demonstrations of a 19th century piano.
Abode in the Park
29 August, 2020
The one-day Abode in the Park musical event takes place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the first time in 2020. An all-day party, this music festival typically hosts an extensive line-up of well-known acts with Marco Carola and Solardo already confirmed. Abode in the Park is primarily dominated by house music, making it a late summer alternative to Ibiza’s legendary closing parties, right in the heart of the capital city.
Southport Weekender Festival
05 September, 2020
A festival dedicated to house, disco and soul music, this musical event at Crystal Palace is dubbed the ‘world’s friendliest party’ so it’s the perfect summertime destination for music lovers in search of a live performance or two after dining with us at the Park Grand London Kensington restaurant.
The 2020 festival is set to unite acts past and present with a wealth of DJs, established names and newcomers to the house, disco and soul scene.