Despite starting out as a predominantly dance festival, Lovebox, in London’s East end, has since expanded to include a wide variety of musical genres including indie, rock and pop. Lovebox is now a three-day event running from July 16th – 18th, compared to a two day event in 2009 and the festival hosted 7 stages, supported by various partnerships from various brands. With over 50 bands taking part over the weekend, a question to a festival goer would be what acts you should see will be at the forefront of their minds, so here is Music Vice’s guide on who to see over, the hopefully gloriously sunny, mid-July weekend. We recommend:
Friday 16 July
North London indie rock outfit Bombay Bicycle Club are appearing on the Gaymers Stage and their punchy beat and infectious hooks will certainly please the Friday crowd.
London via Brighton band The Maccabees headline the Gaymers Stage this year and with their summer-friendly indie tunes they will not disappoint. Do not miss.
The best thing to come out of Bow since…forever? Even though Friday’s Main Stage headliner has grown from an East London grime artist to a mainstream superstar there is no doubt that Dizzee Rascal is an entertainer in his own right.
Saturday 17 July
You are guaranteed a very theatrical performance from Hackney singer/songwriter Paloma Faith who could be named an English GaGa but with soul-inspired vocals, and, to quote her cockney roots – she’s proper good.
The Codeine Velvet Club was formed by Jon Lawler (or perhaps better known as Jon Fratelli) and Lou Hickey in 2008 with Sixties inspired rock.
Super-producer / musician / guitarist Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. are back after a three year break from 2007’s Version and will be a highlight of the festival.
Sunday 18 July
Electro-pop six-piece Hot Chip’s funky happenings onstage will provide a sight to be seen, be ready to hear their festival anthem ‘Ready For The Floor’.
If their recent live shows are anything to go by, we are all in for something very special this year when Manchester’s Hurts take to the main stage on Sunday.
When every song brings a costume change, Sunday’s amazing headliner Grace Jones will be closing the festival in amazing style.
For ticket info, full line-up details and other details check out www.lovebox.net.
© Lauren Towner, Music Vice