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Lovebox Festival 17th – 18th July

2015 July 14
by Michelle Manetti

So we all know it’s festival season and our social media streams are awash with friends’ festival photos, giving us major FOMO. London in particular seems to have about a million festivals happening every weekend new and old, from small boutique foodie events, to full blown madness. It’s hard to choose which one’s to attend, but for us Lovebox is always a given. Since it’s on my doorstep in Victoria park (I live just a short walk down the canal) it seems rude not to attend, so I’ve been frequenting it every year since my living in London.

Originally founded by Groove Armada, back in the day the festival used to be split over three days: Friday was aimed at the indie – electro hipsters, Saturday was a little more mainstream and Sunday was the ubiquitous alternative ‘Gay day’ with tents hosted by a number of the big East London queer nights and Gay Icons such as Grace Jones headlining the stages, without a doubt, this was annually one of the highlights of my year. When Groove Armada handed the festival over to a new team a couple of years ago, they changed the structure, Sunday was abolished and the Friday and Saturday programming was leveled out, so there was a little bit of something for everyone. It pained me greatly to wave goodbye to Sunday Funday, however Lovebox stayed true to their programming and their line-up is still one of the most enviable ‘cool’ line-ups of all the London festivals.

I particularly enjoy the diversity of the Lovebox programme and while there are a number of more mainstream artists, it still stays true to it’s underground routes and the mainstream artists they do select are certainly of the more credible ilk. This festival season, more than ever there’s also been a huge hype surrounding gender equality of the artists performing. Many of the male dominated festivals have been named and shame, with flyers reproduced leaving only the females showing and thus proving their sparse presence. I’m happy to say however, Lovebox has although not equal, certainly a healthy proportion of women on their line-up. Annie Mac, Jessie Ware, Little Dragon, Ella Eyre, B-Traits, Ivy & Gold, Karen Harding, Little Simz, Lion babe, Seinabo Sey and the ones we’re most excited to see (especially after the Sonar Jackathon party) is Heidi & Kim Ann Foxman Back to Back.

Lipstick Disco crew are mega excited to be heading down to Lovebox on the Saturday, sadly saturday standard tix are all sold out, but you can still get Saturday VIP, friday day or whole weekend tickets. We’ll see you there (PS we’ve been told the weather will be great, here’s hoping!!)

For more info on Lovebox head to their website http://loveboxfestival.com/

or Facebook page: www.facebook.com/loveboxfestival

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