Lovebox festival will bring some of the world’s hottest bands and DJs to Victoria Park this weekend. Jonny Ensall unpacks the highlights from each of its three days…
Friday is for ravers
Quit working and start twerking is the theme of Lovebox’s first day – designed for those who hear the word ‘Friday’ as a fun-klaxon going off in their heads. Bassy choons from big-hitters Rudimental on the main stage and Disclosure (pictured, above) DJing in the Annie Mac arena will have the student contingent sweating like they’re on a visit to the STD clinic. Also on the main stage, hip hop greats Jurassic 5 and self-proclaimed ‘rude bitch’ Azealia Banks – who sported a sexy dinosaur costume at Glastonbury – will be adding a paleontological flavour to the fun.
On a more futuristic tip, hip hop jazz trio Badbadnotgood, sassy south London rapper Amplify Dot and taut rock ’n’ rollers Ruen Brothers will be vying to be the hottest new band on the Jazz Café stage, while Flying Lotus and LA compatriot Gaslamp Killer will be blasting beats into outer space in the Noisey/Hydra arena. Take your brain to another dimension, without going further out than Zone 2.
Saturday is for lovers
Keep something back in reserve, as you’ll need all the spunk you can muster (so to speak) for D’Angelo’s set on Saturday evening. The mellow R&B star will be getting all over your boink in ways that would make Craig David blush as he smoulders through ’90s hits like ‘Brown Sugar’, ‘Lady’ and ‘Cruisin’ – taking to climax point the sensual mood created by London up-and-comers AlunaGeorge, playing earlier on the main stage.
Saturday headliner Plan B might have swapped crooning for righteous political ire these days, but who says politics isn’t sexy? Just look at BoJo. Or maybe don’t. But there are plenty of other Londoners ready to seduce you on the Fly Presents stage, including insouciant rapper Ghostpoet, psych-rock dazzlers Splashh and digital soul newcomers Bipolar Sunshine and Rainy Milo (pictured, above). With DJ playboys Mark Ronson and Jamie Jones also appearing, the whole thing looks sexier than Barry White in a bikini.
Sunday is for groovers
If there are two things the Londoners of 2013 have rescued from New York in the ’70s, it’s moustaches and disco. Lovebox’s Sunday (traditionally known as gay day) fuels the disco inferno with a special arena, East Side Strut, devoted to east London’s spectacular club culture, where there will surely be some great mouth brows on display. Disco will be played across the site by DJs including Greg Wilson, Prins Thomas, Bicep, A Love From Outer Space (aka Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnston) and the god-like DJ Harvey.
Electronic ice kings Hurts and queen Alison Goldfrapp (pictured, above) are the synth-sational main stage bill-toppers. But why not close with cabaret star Jonny Woo, in the Russian Standard House of Davai? He’ll help you get disco-balls deep into the groove before the weekend’s out.