Time Out Lovebox Weekender

Time Out‘s big weekend is just around the corner, and fortunately we still have the energy for a few more London festies

  • In the month since we wrote about summer festivals in London there have been a bundle of line-up announcements and important developments that we feel compelled to tell you about.

    The biggest of these is our very own Time Out Lovebox Weekender on July 21-22. We’ve been fans of Lovebox for years but our ardour deepened when it moved to Victoria Park and became a far more ambitious event, championing the kind of wide-ranging arts programming that Time Out has always supported. So hooray for Lovebox! And hooray for us!

    There’s a lot to love about this year’s line-up. There are hall-of-fame heroes like Sly and the Family Stone (it’s their first UK show together for 20 years!), the fabulous Blondie and the B-52s; party-starting guitar bands like The Rapture, Super Furry Animals, Good Shoes and New Young Pony Club; electro-techno rave-rousers like Digitalism and Hot Chip; cutting-edge international action from Mali’s Tinariwen; Brazil’s gutter-mouthed Bonde Do Role and Portugal’s Buraka Son Sistema; there are countless superb DJs (Tiga, Diplo, Gilles Peterson, Layo & Bushwacka!, Felix Da Housecat, Rub ’n’ Tug) and dance arenas hosted by The End, Trojan Sound System, Secretsundaze, Horse Meat Disco, Issst and, of course, the Groove Armada Sound System and Groove Armada performing too.

    There’s masses more than this – go to www.loveboxweekender.com to get the full line-up lowdown. Lovebox is set to be the best urban-based-yet-rural-feeling, multi-dimensional festival around, capturing some of the spirit of Glastonbury (there’s even a London Greenfield to showcase sustainable city life which features Glastonbury’s eco-African village) without the camping or the endless tramping about.

    And if you think the festival as a whole is eclectic, wait till you hear about the Time Out Stage, which will take the eclectic baton and sprint with it. Our stage will play host to Catalan heroes Ojos de Brujo, reggae legends Toots and the Maytals, twisted folk stars Tunng, vintage rock ’n’ rollers Vincent Vincent and the Villains, the off-kilter Dusty Springfield-esque soul pop of Candi Payne, Somali-born hip hop artist K’naan, uplifting miserablist Malcolm Middleton, afro-reggae band The Soothsayers and Saturday evening’s party band Ska Cubano. DJs Russ Jones
    of Future World Funk and DJ Nino of Lady Luck will be spinning the tunes to bring it all together.

    Inspired? Go to www.timeout.com/lovebox to buy tickets.

    Antiworld couldn’t resist the lucky-seven possibilties of hosting a festival on 070707 (of course it runs from July 6-8, and pretty much right around the clock too) and they’re delivering an amazing, hugely ambitious weekender in the fields and forests of the Rushmoor Arena near Aldershot in Hampshire. Their eight-arena festival has stages hosted by Antiworld, Ninja Tune, Chew The Fat, SeOne, Raindance, Jungle Drums, Atomic Jam, Archangel Breakz, Hommega, Umami and many more and with around 400 DJs and performers it embraces an enormous range of electronic dance music. Heading the line-up are psy-trance heroes like Infected Mushroom and Astrix, along with the likes of Digitalism, The Freestylers, The Bays, Mix Master Mike, Fergie and Andy Farley through to Coldcut, Blackstrobe, DJ Food and Green Velvet. Weekend tickets £100 – go to www.777festival.com to read all about it.

    Tales of the Jackalope was one of the quirkiest festivals last year, as you’d expect of a 5000-capacity event run by Vice magazine and My Beautiful City. They’ve relocated to Kimberley Hall, near Norwich for ‘unconventional adults-only Dionysusian revels’ which feature more than 60 bands and DJs in five arenas including 2ManyDJs, Foals, The Fall, Uffie & DJ Feadz, YoYo, Secretsundaze, Shy Child and heaps more. Tickets are £50, but move fast for their £35 early-bird ones via www.talesofthejackalope.com.

    TDK Cross Central has made its first line-up announcement for their festie over the August Bank Holiday weekend. It’ll be at Canvas, The Key and The Cross and it’s reckoned to be its most cutting-edge event yet. Its first line-ups namecheck Faith, Mulletover, Adventures Close to Home, Ninja Tune, Phonica and Azuli Records, Bloggers Delight, Queens of Noize and well, far too many names to mention here but go see www.tdkcrosscentral.com and snap up those £20 per day early bird tickets – a bargain you’ll be happy you booked ahead when August comes around.

    Click here for a full low down on all of this year's festivals.

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