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From Glastonbury to Reading, Creamfields to Bestival, the UK is home to some of the biggest and best summer music festivals in the world – and it's capital is no exception. If you plan to visit London during its sunnier months, here are three music fests you won't want to miss.
Field Day - May
An outdoor music festival with a difference, this Victoria Park favorite combines an imaginative musical line-up with a quaint village-fete ambiance. While the eclectic mix of established and underground talent is impressive, what makes this festival stand out is the sense of innocent communal fun, with wheelbarrow races and tug-of-war competitions filling the gaps between acts.
O2 Wireless Festival - July
Since its inception in 2005, the O2 Wireless Festival has made Hyde Park the coolest place to be in early July; playing host to some of the biggest bands and DJs in the world, from Rihanna to Pulp. But in 2013 the festival will move on from its iconic Hyde Park setting to the soon-to-be iconic Queen Elizabeth Park in Stratford – the main venue of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Last Night of the Proms - September
For those with a classical leaning - or, indeed, for those keen to see a rare unadulterated celebration of Britishness - the Last Night of the Proms is perfect. The climax of an eight-week season of classical music concerts, the event is a heady mix of classical, operatic and pop music along with patriotic songs. Chiefly held in the Royal Albert Hall, there is also a stage and big screen in Hyde Park (and others in cities around the UK) to make it one the world's greatest music events.