Date of Attendance: 2005, 2006 and 2007
Lovebox may be pint sized when compared to other UK super-festivals like V, Reading and Glastonbury, but it certainly does not lack the same punch.
Created by legendary DJ’s Groove Armada, Lovebox started out as a club night in Brick Lane which became so popular it eventually spilled out onto the streets and has been in the open-air ever since.
Year on year it has grown and is now a 3-day event held at London’s Victoria Park in the East End. This is one of its major draw cards; the fact that it’s right at your doorstep (for those who are Londoners of course). You don’t have to travel thousands of miles and camp in the mud for this festival. Nope. A short tube ride there and back and you’re back in the comfort of your own bed trying to sleep with all that ringing in your ears.
Lovebox manages to pull in a real diverse range of dance, rock, indie and pop bands from all over the world. And among the usual big name headliners are many up-and-coming bands, several of which are bound surprise you. If you’re a lover of music, Lovebox is a great place to enjoy throwing around some shapes to your favorite bands as well as discovering something fresh and new.
Putting the music aside, there is so much more to see and do at Lovebox. There are makeshift beaches, circus performers, silent discos, cabaret acts, graffiti artists, Ferris wheels, moustache parties. The list is endless! It is literally like a twisted fun fair for grown ups
Having said that, because it’s less hectic than the bigger festivals, it’s actually a little more family friendly, with children’s areas and plenty to keep the kids occupied.
I’ve said this many times before, but Lovebox really does remind me of a mini-Glastonbury. It gives off the same sort of vibe, albeit a little more subtly. (You can read my Glastonbury blog here - http://www.oetravelblogs.com/1/post/2005/06/glastonbury-music-festival.html)
If you haven’t been to Lovebox yet, you really should get on the phone, round all your mates up and head over there for 1, 2 or even all 3 days of the festival. You can usually get tickets at the festival for the next days at a discount (if they aren’t sold out already of course).
Even if on any day there isn’t any particular band you’d like to see, head to Lovebox anyway just for the chillout factor, which strikes an easy 10 on the chillout scale.
If the sun is shining (I was pretty lucky 3 years in a row!) you’ll absolutely love sitting back in deckchairs in one of the many different themed cider, cocktail and beer bars enjoying the sights around you.
You’ll absolutely love the people too; such a diverse bunch. You’ll be entertained inadvertently by someone at some stage during the day, that’s for sure.
I know many of you have been to Lovebox and know what I’m talking about. I can sense it. Leave a comment below and let’s relive the good times! And any questions? Fire away..
Points to highlight:
Lovebox is getting bigger and bigger every year. When I first went, capacity was at 25,000. Now it stands at around 65,000. That’s how popular it has become. Add yourself and your mates to those numbers so you can experience a fantastic range of known and unknown musical geniuses, a brilliant ambient chillout vibe, a wonderland of diverse activities and themed parties and all in all just a bloody great day out in London.
Would you recommend this festival: Yes
Overall rating: 4.5/5