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An exclusive music festival for 14-17 year olds bringing together an impressive line up across genres with lot of spark and energy.

From the team behind fellow London day festivals Field Day and The Apple Cart, Underage Festival continues to become a respected event in the festival calendar and has become synonymous with credible and pioneering line ups, acting as a platform for teenagers to catch both established and hotly tipped emerging artists


2012 lineup, news and updates

Unfortunately as of 27th July, the event was cancelled, with organisers released the following information:

"It is with great sadness that we announce Underage Festival will no longer be taking place this year on Friday 31st August.

Due to the Olympics we were forced into moving from our usual date and home in Victoria Park to a later date and new location in Shoreditch Park. Despite a positive start to the site move from Victoria Park and repeated assurances that production levels would be suitable for a festival of this kind, we now find ourselves in a situation where we have no choice but to cancel the event.

Unforeseen circumstances with our site hire contract mean we are no longer able to meet production levels and we do not want to risk the safety and smooth running of an event for 13-18 year olds.

After the amount of work we have put in over the last six years to make Underage Festival the successful event it is today, it is incredibly sad that we have to make this decision, and one that has not been made lightly. We would like to thank everyone that has been involved with the festival this year and supported us, from the artists to the production team, and would like to offer our apologies to those that have bought tickets. Full refunds for all ticketholders will be made at point of purchase. Please visit www.underagefestivals.com for full information.

We are already looking to 2013 when we will back in Victoria Park on our own terms once again and bigger and better than ever before."

Acts confirmed for this year's event included Spector, Dry The River, Maverick Sabre, Pulled Apart By Horses, Jessie Ware, Lianne La Havas and many more. To view the full line-up click here


London Underage Festival is the world’s first strictly 13 to under 17s only festival featuring a highly energetic line up. It attracts a huge crowd of youngsters each year.

Extremely popular with the young music savvy generation, the London Underage Festival has iconic status and persistently attracts leading music artists from the globe.

Extremely popular with the young music savvy generation, the London Underage Festival has iconic status and persistently attracts leading music artists from the globe.

The no parents/adults feature gives an added incentive to the teenagers, creating a free and unrestricted atmosphere.

The festival curator Sam Killcoyne, now a veteran at 16, oversees the event and each year designs a festival line up that excites the young crowd. The organisers increased the capacity of the festival this year from 5000 to 7000 to accommodate the high demand in the underage music scene.

The festival however takes extensive measures to ensure security, working directly with the local police, and the departments of health & Safety, Child Protection, Environmental Health, Events and Licensing.

Comments from the media

  • “Underage’s eclectic line-up upends the notion that 13-17 year olds listen solely to Justin Bieber-esque drivel” The Fly
  • “Glorious sunshine, great music and free sweets make this the perfect teen-friendly festival” NME

Music Stages and Other Entertainment

There are five main stages, the Converse Century Main Stage, the NME Stage, the Topman New Music Stage, the Domino Stage, and the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage.

Some of the smaller features included the Habbo Dj Tent, the CM Tower Hamlets Music Space Stage, and the Artrocker Signing Tent. 2008's event also included a MySpace bus, where secret sets and interviews with bands took place.

History and facts

Underage Festival emerged in 2007 to provide a unique and safe environment for young people to enjoy live music and get a taste of the festival experience. Holding the title of ‘World’s First Festival for Under 18s’,


Early Bird tickets available for £19.50 and can be purchased from SeeTickets