Who to see at Lovebox festival
We pick the top acts hitting Victoria Park this weekend
Mon Jul 14 2014
Lovebox takes place in Victoria Park, east London, on Fri Jul 18 and Sat Jul 19. Gates open at 12noon on both days and the action comes to a close at 11pm. The nearest Tube stations to Victoria Park are Bethnal Green and Mile End. You can also download the festival’s free app for set times, site maps and more.
Our stage-by-stage guide
1. Main Stage
Friday: This, as you may have already guessed, is the big one. Friday night’s headliners are Chase & Status, who’ll be busting out their monolithic, park-rocking beats and getting a few thousand hands in the air. But there’s plenty of good stuff before that, too. If you can make it down to Vicky Park early, then don’t miss edgy young R&B singer Etta Bond. If not, dash east in time for Katy B’s pristine dance-pop and NY rap prodigy (and self-proclaimed ‘pretty motherfucker’) A$AP Rocky.
Saturday: Once you’ve scraped yourself out of bed on day two, head back to the main stage for some more must-see acts. VV Brown opens proceedings with her new chilly synthpop, and she’s followed later in the day by vocal star Jess Glynne (Route 94, Clean Bandit), before Soul II Soul wheel out their battery of classics. But that’s only the warm-up for an unmissable double-whammy: rap legend Nas performs his ‘Illmatic’ album in full, then MIA brings her full-throttle blend of global beats, politics and visuals. It’ll be huge.
2. The Manor
Friday: You don’t have to be an aristocrat to be invited up to the Manor – just be up to get down. There’s a rude selection of DJs all day, assembled by London promoters Basslaced, including chart-topping D&B boys Sigma, noirish rave merchant Special Request and original nuttah Shy FX. Lord of the Manor has to be garage royalty DJ EZ, who closes things on Friday with a two-hour set.
Saturday: While Friday is full of jump-up thrills and bum-rumbling bass, Saturday’s bill will be the place to go to get locked into a house-cum-techno groove. Expect sets from big names like Scuba, Visionquest, The Martinez Brothers and headliner Adam Beyer to keep the floor scorching all day long.
3. West Stage
Friday: This may as well be called the ‘So Hot Right Now’ Stage, as a cast of chartbusters including Duke Dumont, Kiesza, Route 94 and MNEK pump out their crowdpleasing hits. Stick around for young, fresh MC Joey Bada$$ and genius producer Cyril Hahn.
Saturday: Things get more eclectic, with shows by everyone from ace goth-pop gang The Horrors to orchestral/industrial producer Woodkid and Basque ravers Crystal Fighters. Dive in and discover something new and cool.
4. Flash Daddy Photo Booth
Time Out will be on-site at Lovebox all weekend, tagging along with photo mavericks Flash Daddy. The FD crew are bringing their wondrous photo booth to Lovebox and filling it with wild costumes and bizarre props. Get creative, then get some colourful snaps with your mates, and that chatty stranger you acquired near the dance tent. Remember: the camera never lies, but the Flash Daddy photo booth makes you look way cooler than you are.
5. Red Bull Music Academy
Friday: Always on point, thanks to a great bookings policy, the folks from RBMA pack out their tent with some of dance music’s biggest mavericks on the opening day, including a retrospective set from DJ Zinc, a two-hour musical journey from Deviation and Radio 1’s Benji B and a headline slot from Theo Parrish’s new live band.
Saturday: Disco is king come Saturday, as more house-minded spinners like Soul Clap and Tensnake join forces with London’s finest Horse Meat Disco, disco remixer Dimitri From Paris and a special headline set from Masters At Work’s Kenny Dope – who plays an exclusive ‘disco fever’ set. Expect the vibe to be stronger than the glare of a thousand glitterballs.
6. The Big Top
Friday: Roll up, roll up, and grab a ringside seat for some heavyweight dance acts! Today’s bill includes Paul Woolford, Joy Orbison, Moderat and Sub Focus: plenty of spectacle, absolutely no clowns.
Saturday: Again, variety is the key on Saturday, with veteran headliner Bonobo following hip young R&B singer Banks. The rest of the day’s cracking bill includes dynamic duos Mount Kimbie and Bondax and ’90s-worshipping R&B trio Juce.
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