Lovebox has grown and risen over the last few years and is the best London based festival on a few factors including lineup, location, price and execution. This year is no exception with K / D favorites gracing the tents and stages including FWD, Photek, Riton, Plastician, Hudson Mohawke, Roll Deep, The Wombats, Work It Girls on Friday, Saturday we dust off, cling for shades and witness Art Department, Applebim, Groove Armada, David Rodigan, Lykke Li, Mark E, MCDE, Normay Jay, Santigold, Seth Troxler, The Drums, Warren G, and Shy FX and if you can firm up the hang over, Sunday delights includes Robyn, Trailor Trash, Scissor Sisters, Optimo, Kelis, 2Many Djs, Beth Ditto, Horse Meat Disco and Blondie to name a couple.
This is what they say, Eight years old, Lovebox has become a must do event on the bristling summer social calendar.
Held annually on London’s oldest public park bordering Bethnal Green, Hackney, and Bow, the capital’s most creative and socially dynamic quarters, Lovebox as a festival, an urban event or “happening” is without comparison.
We would describe Love Box as an intimate gesture of gems glistening with all that makes the festival local in atmosphere, and global in outlook, London knows hows to get down and represent.
K / D has hand-picked A few key artists to check out at the festival pictured below and all links regarding tickets, transport and more can be sourced – here.
Music has always been at the heart of Lovebox; with all the rock & roll chaos and glamour of supercharged sets, epic performances with dramatic backdrops, and chuggy jams under the trees from bands and DJs spanning the genres.
The first show saw Groove Armada, The Blackbyrds, Norman Jay and Richie Havens play the same live stage while Mr Scruff, Joey Negro, Gilles Peterson and Movement amongst others fired up 3 different dance music arenas.
Since then we’ve more than tripled in attendance and in the size of the site. Now, with such a big space to play means we expect 65,000 people in July . The best bit about this is that we can now not only programme three times more music, but we can programme across more styles and genres in what gets booked while digging deeper to find some amazing rising talent. The result is that anyone coming to Lovebox can traverse their way across an incredible musical landscape hand picked by a bunch of real fanatics turning each other on to new and old bands, DJs and musical styles, be it folk, hip hop, indie, disco-punk, rock, world or electronic music. It’s very much a case of the whole being “greater than the sum of the parts.
Set and setting also play a big part in what we do; our basic principle here is to create a space to enjoy the music to enhance mood, provoke thought and challenge expectations. Being in the capital city we’ve a lot to compete with and a standard to live up to, so the levels we set ourselves are already high.
Places to sit, delicious food, cold beer, fast service, enough loos are all basic rights in a big city, so while we strive for the best here we also aim to take the customer out of the city for a while and into something more fantastic, with great care and love lavished on making the beautiful park look even more beautiful and with bespoke built venues and arena.
LOVEBOX is held on VICTORIA PARK, LONDON, E9 GOOGLE MAP HERE
Friday: Gates open 2pm – Curfew 11pm
Saturday: Gates open 12 noon – Curfew 11pm
Sunday: Gates open 12 noon – Curfew 10.30pm
TRAVEL By public transport Victoria Park is less than 30 minutes from any of London’s main rail stations, so whichever part of the world you are coming from there is a quick and easy route to this lovely part of London.
BUS ROUTES: stopping at Mile End: D6, D7, 205, 323, 339, 25 or take the 277 straight to Victoria Park from Highbury & Islington, Hackney Central or Mile End.
TUBE: Mile End is on the Central and District lines and then a 10 minute walk to Victoria Park.
TRAIN: Hackney Wick is operated by London Overground in travelcard Zone 2.
PLEASE NOTE: Changes to the London Overground service on the North London Line:
On Saturdays the service has been reduced to 2 trains per hour
On Sundays there is no service due to Network Rail maintenance.
CAR: There is no general parking anywhere in the vicinity of Victoria Park so please come by public transport. Any car illegally parked will be towed.
TAXIS: the best place to be dropped is the corner of Globe Road and Old Ford Road
CAMPING: Lovebox is a non-camping festival and guests are required to vacate the park at the end of each day.
Lovebox is working hard to reduce the negative environmental impact the event has. We’ve put our heads together in this year we’ll be greener than ever. We’ll be reducing the number of generators on the site, making sure the food you buy comes in biodegradable packaging and that the cans and bottles you throw away are recycled.