Citadel Festival

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4 out of 5 stars
(9user reviews)
Citadel Festival
Jenna Foxton

A day-long festival of music, food, theatre and arts headlined by Tame Impala.

If we’re being honest, Sundays at a festival are usually a bit of a damp squib. After days of abuse, both your inflatable mattress and soul are dangerously deflated. Going to a festival on a Sunday all fresh and rested, on the other hand, sounds a lot more appealing, especially if it’s tailor-made for the day of rest – which is where Citadel Festival 2018 comes in.

Returning once again as the calmer post-Lovebox antidote, this year in Gunnersbury Park, Citadel has more of a chilled vibe to it, but still boasts some top musical acts, plus all manner of other pursuits, including comedy, arts, talks, workshops and lots of top food and drink. 

Line-up includes: Tame Impala, Leon Bridges, The Horrors, Chvrches, Goat, Fat White Family. 

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Tastemaker

Second time I’ve been to Citadel and this time round it has relocated to West London in Gunnersbury Park with Tame Impala headlining. This festival has such a chilled out vibe being held on a Sunday and great thing about Citadel is the amount of activities to explore if you want to take a break from in between the music acts. There were plenty of food and drink stands and seating areas. Arts, sports, dance and yoga sessions run throughout. Loved the inspiring speakers and talks from Sunday Papers Live and Science Camp as well as plenty of events for kids too. Easy navigation and the app was particularly useful to help plan out your schedule throughout the day.

tastemaker

I bought tickets to this day festival purely because Foals were headlining and they were one of my favourite bands. I didn't know many of the other acts on the line up but I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and variety of the acts playing. It's really well set up for a day festival (I think they use all the same staging etc as Lovebox which is there the same weekend) with loads of stages, food stalls and things to do. It's also really family friendly. I was slightly disappointed by the quality of sound however, most of the acts I saw throughout the day the bass was far too loud and distorted the sound quality. Then to my utter disappointment the sound for Foals was far too quiet despite being quite close to the front. The queues for the toilets and the bars are also a bit ridiculous. However, I did have a fun day out and if they can sort out the sound quality I'd definitely come back again.

tastemaker

If you’re after an unpretentious day festival in London then Citadel has to be the choice. A really chilled vibe, fun acts, great selection of food & drinks stalls. I had a brilliant time without feeling like I was wading through crowds of preteens and mud. Not a bad price for tickets and an awesome atmosphere. Highly recommend.

Tastemaker

The highlight was sigur ros! I did think it was expensive for the day and we were lucky to have got discounted tickets! It was a really relaxed atmosphere and it felt like a perfect Sunday! If the prices are cheaper next year we may consider going again


Really enjoyed what I saw of Citadel. Went quite late as I hadn't heard of 90% of the earlier bands, which maybe says a little more about me than the festival... The sound was actually really good considering Field Day in the same spot last year left a little to be desired. Also seemed to be an all round friendlier, more chilled vibe which was great for a Sunday afternoon. Personally thought Sigur Ros were brilliant, the ambiance being the perfect end to a no doubt very hectic previous two festival days with Lovebox.

Tastemaker

Citadel Festival made a refreshing change to a few I've been to in the past. A Sunday only affair, it seems like the crowd were a well-behaved bunch more into a chilled vibe than hitting it hard and staggering all over the place. The festival boasted two large music stages, a band stand, a dance tent, comedy, theatre and arts, and a wealth of food trucks delivering everything from burgers to mac 'n' cheese and burritos. On the main stage, Caribou provided some cool tunes, however Sigur Ros were, perhaps, a little too spacey to headline. Probably fine for the super-chilled, but standing watching, it was all a bit away with the fairies. Still, a good day and good weather, despite the slightly sombre headline act.

Tastemaker

I made a last minute booking to go to Citadel on discounted tickets, despite knowing none of the acts playing - so I really didn't know what to expect (I'm not exactly a music buff).


It was a perfect environment to relax in on a beautifully sunny Sunday. I was impressed by Victoria Park and particularly the clean and tidy nature of the grounds, considering that it had hosted Love Box on the days before. Even the toilets weren't too bad and there weren't any queues when we were there (until about 5.30pm).


There was plenty of variety of food and drink, and so much space to explore and relax. The Sunday Papers Live event offered some interesting talks, whilst the music was relaxed and enjoyable.


I'd happily return next year, but I wouldn't be willing to pay the £60 advertised price for tickets. As it was a Sunday we had no real desire to party into the evening - but for a cheaper price it can be a very enjoyable afternoon, and an excellent chance to wear a floral headband!


Tastemaker

I’ve never been to such a mellow festival before, but as a huge fan of Sigur Ros, even if they were the only band to play that day, I’d happy. The rest was just a bonus. And a pretty damn good one!


Having seen the Icelandic masters of elf music two times indoors before, I was scared the music may lose its charm in the open air with random, often drunk, people. But when they started to play, almost everyone got silent and it got hypnotised by the odd tunes and stunning visualisations.


Another music highlight was Lianne Le Havas who seduced the London audience with her soulful voice. Her version of Aretha Franklin's ‘I Say a Little Prayer’ although much calmer and slower, was an absolutely beautiful take on the classic.


I didn’t know most of the other bands performing, so the fact that there was such a variety of events to fill up the day (from Sunday Papers talks, art workshops and sport activities) was great. For the lazier ones the area behing the main stage was full of comfy sofas, deck chairs and even beds.


I’m also glad festival scene has evolved into sophisticated events in terms of food, where mediocre burgers and fries are no longer the only options. At this one specifically, you could even order a lunch form a Michelin star restaurant.


Maybe it comes with age, but I must admit that the idea of such a cultured and civilised festival really suits me. Shame I didn’t know about the bargain tickets for local Tower Hamlets residents.

Tastemaker

This was the first year this festival ran, and it was largely a success, although with a few teething problems. Victoria Park was a great venue, the music was top notch, and the festival had other attractions including Sunday Papers Live, a comedy tent and a rollerdrome. Ben Howard was mesmerising as the headline act, and Bombay Bicycle Club were also very good. What really let the festival down was the food and drink, which was disappointing considering that the variety of food on offer was advertised as being one of the attractions of the festival. Several stalls had sold out of everything by 6-7pm, and there were huge queues for all the remaining stalls. And the bars started running out of drinks at 6pm - first wine, then beer, and then gin. It seems hard to believe that they could have estimated so poorly how much people would drink, so that bars started running out of drinks with 4.5 hours to go! It's a shame because in all other respects it was an enjoyable festival.