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LCD Soundsystem are headlining Lovebox Festival

LCD Soundsystem, Lovebox festival

Someone great is coming to London. Time Out can breathlessly reveal that LCD Soundsystem will be headlining Lovebox Festival in Victoria Park on July 16. It’ll be their only London gig. Tell all your friends – this is happening.

It’s been an exhilarating and unexpected time for fans of James Murphy’s decade-defining band. Until a few weeks ago, LCD only existed in the past tense – having retired in 2011 with a farewell concert at Madison Square Gardens (captured on essential live album ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’). But on Christmas Day, a new LCD song appeared, followed by the news that they were reuniting to play Coachella.

Best of all is that Lovebox won’t be a lazy greatest hits set. Murphy has revealed that the band have a new album dropping this year, and are believed to be working on it right now.

It’s a good look for LCD, whose drive to authentically convey a love of analogue dance music and patient, grooved-out rock would sit badly with a cheap, tacky sell-out tour. As part of a recent letter of reintroduction, the ever-witty Murphy wrote that he was: ‘Lucky to start this band [when I was] kind of fat and old’, as he’d never be compared to pictures of him looking younger, fresher or thinner. James Murphy could look like a sack of spuds, and it wouldn’t matter. LCD rock. Period. It’s great to have them back.

PLUS: Major Lazer headline on Friday!

The day before LCD take the stage, Diplo’s dancehall-dipping bangerologists Major Lazer will be setting Friday night at Lovebox alight. Need reasons to get excited? Well first of all, they’re responsible for the most streamed song on Spotify of all time: last year’s soulful single ‘Lean On’, which will make Vicky Park erupt in about 0.3 seconds. Secondly, they’re mates with Craig David: he did ‘Fill Me In’ at Major Lazer’s Ally Pally gig last year. And thirdly, they’ve got massive balls. As in, Diplo is now the proud owner of a Flaming Lips-style human hamster ball that allows him to float out over the crowd without getting covered in the sweat of 10,000 furiously daggering Londoners. Major!

Ready to dance yrself clean? Buy Lovebox Festival tickets now.



Stephen J

Ready to dance?  Yes; out of the house and off to Richmond for the weekend, when the Love Pox racket gets so great that your windows physically throb and it's impossible to get any rest or do any work.  

See, I'm one of the long suffering troglodytes who live on the South Hackney side of Victoria Park, under the aegis of a Housing Association so mean that it won't double-glaze our windows. Many of its tenants are vulnerable people: low-wage, disabled, old and infirm, mental health issues, or simply young with young families,  Complain to Tower Hamlets and they won't even acknowledge your letter - after all, if you're from the borough next door, what the Hell has this got to do with you? Anyway, as one glib Tower Hamlets councillor asked BBC London News, "Who's asleep at 10 pm?"  Answer: my sister, who works for HMRC and gets up at 5 am; children, milkmen, warehouse workers, doctors and NHS workers on unusual shifts...Everyone from consultants to news journalists to market traders.

I've known South Hackney students who have failed their exams because the Love Pox bedlam made it impossible for them to revise. So if you're "ready to dance yourself clean", try this instead: put on diving boots and dance yourself into the Regent's Canal.  Love Pox?  Give me chlamydia any day.  At least for that you can get antibiotics.