It’s finally summer in London and we’re bang on ready for some party here in the L.C. office! Luckily, we’re only a few days away from London’s most loved city festival: Lovebox. But this year, Lovebox gets to hang out with brand new Wilderness festival ‘sister event: Citadel.
Running from the 17th to 19th of July in Vicky park, these two festivals combined line-ups should get you going for the whole weekend no matter what your music preferences are.
Starting with homegrown Hackney quartet Rudimental as Friday night headliner, Lovebox will see them performing tracks from their eagerly-awaited, incoming sophomore LP and they’ll be sure to start the party off right: “We are so happy to announce we’re back on the Lovebox stage this summer. London, are you ready?!”
Saturday sees the one and only Snoop Dogg headlining. A hip hop icon, the inimitable Snoop will be showcasing tracks from his forthcoming Pharrell-produced album BUSH, which Snoop himself describes as blossoming with a “funkadelic glow”. With BUSH set to channel feel-good, retro-futuristic funk and R&B, it’s sure to charm the Lovebox crowd as effortlessly as his classic tracks ‘Gin and Juice’ and ‘What’s My Name’ will. Snoop says: “London wats craccn!?! I’m looking forward to come to my home away from home and rock that ish like I do best. It’s going down don’t meet me there beat me there. ugot2doit”
The rest of the line-up is equally as incendiary. Electro pop mavericks Hot Chip will be showcasing material from their highly anticipated sixth album “Why Make Sense?”, as well as fan favourites such as “Over and Over” and “Ready for the Floor”.
The bewitching Jessie Ware will be gracing us with her elegant, heart-melting ballads, whilst Mark Ronson, fresh from conquering the charts with the epic disco grooves of “Uptown Funk”, will be making a return appearance. Hip hop heavyweights Cypress Hill will be making their Lovebox debut, performing iconic tracks from their extraordinary 20 year (and counting) career, Swedish art pop quartet Little Dragon will be bringing their brand of wonky but deliriously catchy art-pop to the Lovebox masses, and award-winning Australian electronic artist Flume will also be getting the crowd moving.
After such a demanding Saturday night party you’ll probably want to opt in for some well deserved comforting food at Citadel, a one-day celebration in Victoria Park boasting an array of talent and looking set to encapsulate the perfect summer Sunday. Hosting some of the city’s gastronomic leaders, these will be crafting a series of long table Sunday dining experiences, including Sunday roasts and summer barbeques. Worried about your bikini body after that? No worries, there will also be a Sunday Sports Day boasting a Citadel Volley Ball tournament plus swing ball, sack races and limbo Olympics, complete with special guest comperes.
But back to music now, shall we? Topping the bill are two of the UK’s biggest acts, in the form of the chart/arena conquering folk hero Ben Howard, and critically acclaimed, award winning quartet Bombay Bicycle Club, who will play their only London performance of 2015 at Citadel.
Also taking to the main stage will be Kurt Vile & The Violators, taking their anthemic, sun-kissed Americana to the masses. They say: “We look forward to playing in London again this summer! One of our favorite cities in the world!”. Anna Calvi will also be delivering her trademark dramatic flair, this time augmented by The Heritage Orchestra, and Doves frontman Jimi Goodwin will be performing material from his lauded solo album “Odludek”. Brooklyn based troubadour Steve Gunn will also be making an appearance, as will singer-songwriter Joe Pug and his gorgeous, offbeat ballads.
Meanwhile, at the Communion stage, British alt folk band Bear’s Den head up proceedings alongside electronic-pop connoisseur Dan Croll and the beautiful soul/R&B outfit Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. Take-no-prisoners Glaswegian lo-fi rock duo Honeyblood will be picking up the pace alongside Australian rock and roll trio The Walking Who, and dreamy, rapidly ascending balladeer Tor Miller will also be in attendance alongside the hotly-tipped, enigmatic Rhodes.
Which is not to say, however, that those looking to dance won’t be satisfied. Not in the least, as Citadel will be treated to an exclusive set from Despacio, the innovative, custom-built soundsystem brought to you by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and 2manydjs. This is going to be an unmissable experience.
Will you be joining us?
Lovebox tickets available here
For Citadel tickets, it’s here