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Year in review: it was all change for London's festivals in 2018

Isabelle Aron

Londoners who’d never once been to Gunnersbury Park found themselves flocking to the 186-acre green space repeatedly in 2018. The park became home to two of London’s biggest festivals, Lovebox and Citadel, which made the move from Victoria Park to Acton in July. Just when you thought you were done sitting on the Piccadilly line to Acton Town and asking ‘Are we there yet?’, the park also played host to Secret Cinema’s ‘Romeo + Juliet’ in August, at which point you couldn’t move for people in Hawaiian shirts. In total, 142,000 revellers passed through the park for the three events. Zone 3 didn’t get all the action, though. The shiny new All Points East arrived to fill the festival-shaped hole in Vicky Park, bringing with it a ten-day jam-packed programme including a three-day festival, huge gigs and loads of free stuff for anyone who didn’t fancy forking out for a ticket. There was only room for one festival there, though, which meant Field Day also got the boot. No, not to Gunnersbury Park, but to Brockwell Park, which was probably a relief for the residents of Acton. It looks like London’s festivals aren’t done moving around, either. It’s been announced this year that Field Day is upping sticks again in 2019, this time making its home at four huge warehouses in Enfield. The 2019 location of Lovebox and Citadel is yet to be confirmed. Will we ever return to Gunnersbury Park again? Only time will tell. 

Read our full list of ways London changed in 2018

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