To help you save up for Christmas, here’s a round-up of the best free music festivals taking place in London this autumn.
1. Apple Music Festival
When? September 18-30
Where? Roundhouse, Camden
What? Exclusive one-off concerts from some of the biggest names in music, including Britney Spears, Calvin Harris, Elton John, The 1975 and Alicia Keys. They’re all streamed online too, but anyone can apply for free tickets on Apple Music.
Find out more: applemusicfestival.com
2. Bermondsey Street Festival
When? September 17
Where? Bermondsey Street, SE1
What? Billed as “the perfect blend of village fête folksiness and Bermondsey Street style”, this free annual bash is known for its competitive (but also very cute) dog show as well as its diverse musical offering. This year’s event promises “a mix of dub, afro-beat, disco, folk, ska and soul” as well as “more eclectic dance beats” on a second stage.
Find out more: bermondseystreetfestival.org.uk
3. Bloomsbury Festival
When? October 17-19
Where? Various locations in and around Bloomsbury, WC1
What? This varied three-day festival in one of London’s most cultured districts includes dance performances, breakfast talks, sound and visual art installations and a “street party with a twist”, but a series of free concerts will definitely be a key component. The full lineup has yet to be announced but this year’s theme is described as: “LANGUAGE, from computer code to the language of food, music and dance.” Intriguing.
Find out more: bloomsburyfestival.org.uk
4. NME Presents Future Sounds of London
When? October 30
Where? Boxpark Croydon
What? To celebrate the opening of London’s newest pop-up mall, NME is curating a day of sets from the capital’s hottest new bands, including A2, Alfa Mist, Barney Artist, Club Kuru, Nova Twins and Tailr.Mde.Lvn. Find out how to snap up tickets on the website.
Find out more: boxparkcroydon.com
5. St Martin’s in the Fields Free Concerts
When? Every Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 1pm
Where? St Martin’s in the Fields church, Trafalgar Square
What? Three times a week, this historic central London church ditches the hymns for an electric selection of free gigs: anything from pop to classical to performances by students at the Royal Academy of Music is fair game. Check the website to find out what’s coming up.
Find out more: http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com/st-martin-in-the-fields-concerts