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Six reasons to hit Citadel Festival this Sunday

James Manning

Once the sun has gone down on Lovebox 2015, it's time for Citadel. This new one-day festival is taking place on the Lovebox site at Victoria Park on Sunday – tickets are £45 – and promises to be a civilised affair after the hedonistic fun of Friday and Saturday. Here are six things that make it worth beating your hangover and heading down.

Great music

After the electronic blitz of Lovebox, the Citadel line-up mostly comes bearing guitars. It’s topped by Ben Howard and Bombay Bicycle Club, with further juicy sounds from Anna Calvi, Kurt Vile and Neneh Cherry. Less established but well worth seeking out are grungey duo Honeyblood, Afrotronic funk crew Ibibio Sound Machine and old-school soul man Leon Bridges. To be honest, you could probably spend all day watching bands. But try not to, because there’s also…

Top grub

Is it still street food if you eat it in a park? Lining up at Citadel to help you ponder that question are the cream of the London foodie scene. We say: Le Bun, Saucy Chip, The Cheese Truck and a banquet with top chef Richard Turner? You say: ‘Yes, please – feed my face!’

Le Bun

Brainy talks and comedy

Citadel has plenty to feed your mind too. The ever-popular Sunday Papers Live brings together the likes of Labour MP Tessa Jowell and beatboxer Reeps One, and there’s a solid comedy line-up (don’t miss the upbeat Felicity Ward).

Art and dance classes

If you’ve made it this far in life without picking up valuable skills like tie-dying, origami, hula-hooping, swing-dancing or making Indian fighting kites, this is your chance to remedy that. Get educated, fool!

Relaxation! (You need it)

Frazzled by the pace of London life? After some inner peace but can’t afford Bali? Seek out the Wild Wellbeing tent and let their masseurs and yogis hit your ‘reset’ button.

Sport! (The fun kind)

Now that Wimbledon is over, it’s time to celebrate the sports that really make Britain great: croquet, hoopla, sack races, table-tennis and giant Jenga. You can also get stuck into disco dodgeball, Russian roulegg and a slippery tug of war. It’s all good clean fun (except the eggy bits).

Find out more about Citadel Festival.

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