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Experience all the best bits of Citadel festival from noon to night with our handy guide

By Time Out London Music

The ultimate Sunday festival returns for a second year. Here's one way to have a magical day.

If you’ve been out on Friday and Saturday, and are committed to getting back on it for Sunday’s Citadel (and why not?), you could do worse than hit up Rock ’n’ Roller Skate on arrival. Get the endorphins racing as you glide around to tunes provided by ace Dalston rock night Cherry Cola.

If that first tentative drink of the day has given you a restless urge to get physical, head down to the Sunday Sports Day area. For the leapers there’s volleyball, for the lithe and sprightly there’s disco dodgeball (dodgeball in a sexy retro jumpsuit basically) and for the really, really serious athletes among you, there are wheelbarrow races and musical sack racing.

Food time! If you’re lucky enough to have booked a table at Citadel’s Sunday Feasts (hosted by Stephen Harris of Whitstable’s culinary destination The Sportsman), you are definitely in for a treat. Just like its sister festival Wireless, Citadel is total heaven for foodies – so even if you’re not feasting, there are plenty of classy street food vendors on site including Bubbledogs, Mr Bao, Smokestak and Anna Mae’s to enjoy.

Aside from the music, there’s lots of multidisciplinary fun to feed your head with at Citadel. Sunday Papers Live are pros at making Sundays both cerebral and sociable, so get comfy on a couch and dip into their day of cultural programming (themed to resemble the sections of a Sunday paper). Highlights include a discussion on Brexit hosted by the Frontline Club, a talk with Syrian activists and even an interview with Eddie the Eagle Edwards for the sport section. Sorry: the ‘sport’ section.


Time to really ramp things up now, with a Main Stage set from one of the finest festival bands on earth. Dan Snaith’s Caribou make the fiddly job of doing live dance music an absolute bloody joy. Fully prepare to go bananas for this exclusive London show.

Fabric’s innovative three-day stint outdoors – the first time the great London club has popped up at a festival – comes to a pretty sweet ending as Andrew Weatherall plays the last set of the weekend. For once in your life, see Weatherall drop a last tune of the night as early as 9pm.

It’ll be worth taking some time to swing by the Corona Sunsets stage around now to check out Bow-based act Honne. The synthy soul duo are right on the cusp of blowing up big with the forthcoming release of their debut album ‘Warm on a Cold Night’. So expect a warm reception for the Honne honeys this evening.

Round off the day by heading to the far reaches of the cosmos with Icelandic rockers Sigur Rós. Both rampantly influential (Radiohead, Coldplay, Muse and more all think Rós are boss) and thrillingly emotive, this will surely be an epic ending to an epic weekend – especially if you’ve spent the last three days in Victoria Park.

Citadel is on Sun Jul 17. Set times may be subject to change.

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