51st Festival (formerly known as 51st State) is one of 5 Mag’s favorite summer festivals — and it’s back for 2023.

This year’s 51st Festival is taking place on Saturday August 5 2023 in the heart of London. Tickets are available at 51stfestival.com.

Returning to Copthall Playing Fields, this year guests will be treated to a diverse lineup of 100 artists spread out over six stages (Groove Odyssey, Rampage, La Fiesta, Dolly Rockers, Back to 95 and House FM VIP), and featuring everything from House, Garage, Tech, Afro, Soulful, Disco, RnB, Dancehall, Soca, Amapiano to Drum & Bass.

Read 5 Mag’s recap of 51st State Festival 2019 here.

Live acts include Roy Ayers, The Heatwave and Josh Milan’s live band, DJ teams such as the legendary trio of Body and Soul and Kings of House NYC (Louie Vega and David Morales), plus DJs Dimitri from Paris, Todd Edwards, Grant Nelson, Todd Terry, Mike Dunn, Dr. Packer, Norman Jay and Catz ’n Dogz to name a few. The full line-up is below:

51st Festival will once again celebrate the roots of House music, pulling together the threads of this hugely influential sound, exploring classic house, tech house, afro house, garage, disco, soul, dancehall and more. Your favourite pioneers from Chicago, New York, Detroit, London and beyond will be joined by the trailblazers of today. The 51st Festival program is truly transatlantic, joining the dots between the US, the UK, Europe and the Caribbean.


Founded in 2015, 51st Festival “has been joining the dots between seminal figures of dance music culture and the new generation of artists pushing the movement forward today,” showcasing the “technicoloured heritage” of dance music.

“Thoroughly looking forward to playing at 51st Festival this summer. I’ve got so much love for the UK, and I have really missed the crowd. What an amazing line up too!” — Dr Packer

🔵 Essential Info:

51st Festival
Saturday August 5 2023, 11am-10pm
Copthall Playing Fields, Champions Way, Page St, London NW4 1PS
Tickets: 51stfestival.com/pages/tickets

🔵 Past Coverage:

51st State Festival announces full line-up for August 2021 (2021)
Review: 5 Mag at 51st State Festival 2019 (2019)
Set Times for This Weekend’s 51st State Festival (2019)


🔵 51st Festival Line Up (Listed Alphabetically):

Aitch B
Angie B
Barbara Tucker – Host
Billy Cocks
Bizzie’s Party – Live
Bobby & Steve
Body & Soul
Bongo Ben – Live
Brandon Block
Bucie – Live
Catz ‘N Dogz
Champs DNA
Danny Krivit
Darrell Privett
David Morales
Denis Funktastic – Live
Dimitri from Paris
DJ Jazzy Jeff
DJ Listener
DJ Murrell
DJ Pioneer
DJ Spen
Dr Packer
Elisabeth Troy – Live
Ellie Cocks
Firin Squad
François K
Grant Nelson
Groover Washington
Hayley Wallace
Heartless Crew
James Evans & Zara Carr
Jason Kaye
Jerry Rankin
Jess Bays
Joe Claussel
Josh Milan + Live band
Kallaghan – Live
Kings of House NYC
Lady T
Lee Coffey
Lindsey Ward
Louie Vega
Mark Felton
Mark Radford
Matt Jam Lamont
MC Creed
MC Kie
MC Onyx Stone
MC Rankin
Melo DJ
Mike Dunn
Miss Ray
MR Buzzhard
Neil Pierce
Norman Jay
Norris Da Boss Windross
Paul Gardner (Soul Avengerz)
Ratpack (Classic House set)
Robbo Ranx
Robert Owens – Live & DJ Set
Roger Sanchez
Roy Ayers – Live (Farewell Tour)
Sammy Confunktion
Sammy Porter
Scottie B
Secret Agenda
Selly J
Sian Owen
Sol Brown
Special Guest (UKs Number 1 Garage DJ)
Steve Lee & Clifton Mclean
Supa D & Coldsteps
The Heatwave
Todd Edwards
Todd Terry
Treble T
Trutwein & Fabulous Flack