The Best Places For Outdoor Concerts in London

Will Rathbone

London transforms in the summertime, and one of the biggest differences is the sound of music wafting through the city from all directions. Reggae beaming out of Windrush Square, beatboxing cellists in Covent Garden and the myriad of portable speakers adorning Hampstead Heath - London is awash with melody. Here are five places we can’t wait to go and see live music over the coming months.

The team at Woodburner put together delightful evenings of rootsy music and campfire vibes across the whole city. From acoustic duos to samba bands, storytellers to jazz virtuosos, the line-ups are as varied as the locations - which range from urban gardens to rooftops to parks on the outskirts of the city. Think crackling logs, blankets after sundown and natural surroundings.
Prince of Wales Rooftop Terrace
A different side of the spectrum altogether, Brixton’s Prince of Wales is one of many rooftop bars in London and it stands out from the crowd thanks to its excellent music nights. Dancing is very much the aim of the game here, and it’s verrrrrry hard to resist when you hear artists like the legendary Norman Jay spinning classics through their AAA soundsystem whilst Brixton’s eclectic energy rises up from all around you. Now it’s summertime.
Victoria Park Bandstand
Throughout the summer months, Victoria Park’s bandstand plays host to a wonderful variety of free music. Local brass bands, string quartets, jazz groups, choirs  - you name it, and it’s bound to feature somewhere on their line-up. Best of all? It’s free! Just stroll past, roll out the blanket, pop a few corks, crack open the hummus and let the afternoon while away before you. 
South London Music Sessions, Horniman Museum
Another bandstand, but with a finely curated selection of South London’s hottest jazz musicians courtesy of a partnership with Peckham-based radio station Balamii. The views from Horniman Park are stunning, and the music is guaranteed to be top drawer. Worth giving a shout out to two of our other favourite museum music offerings - Dulwich Picture Gallery and Serpentine Gallery - whose temporary Summer Pavilion hosts spellbinding concerts throughout the season.
Wide Awake Festival, Brockwell Park
Another fast-growing feature of London’s summer season is the plethora of day festivals hosted across the city. Wide Awake has caught our eye for a number of reasons. Not only is Brockwell one of the best-suited London parks for these events, but the line-up for Wide Awake is full of exciting young artists. Prog-futurists and Mercury Prize nominees Black Midi are superb live, The Comet is Coming’s brand of synth-heavy psych-jazz is truly stirring stuff and Goat Girl’s riotous guitar music are stand-outs for us - and that’s without mentioning synth-pop royalty Metronomy, who headline the event on 5 June 2020.

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