Lovebox festival returns to Victoria Park in June to celebrate a Decade of Love with a frankly awesome line-up led by Hot Chip, Friendly Fires, Crystal Castles and the legendary Nile Rogers and Bobby Womack.
Although in mid-February the thought of spending three days in a park in Hackney — especially if you endured a dire Blondie in the rain at last year’s event — might not fill you with glee, just imagine kicking back with a cider while The Two Bears and Azari and III tickle your sun kissed face. It’s good, yeah?
Thankfully it’s sticking to its dance floor roots — no Wombats this time. The line-up appeases the bass heads with Magnetic Man, the disco funkers with Move D and Tyson and the dreamy poppers should be beaming with Niki and the Dove and Patrick Wolf.
For its tenth year, Lovebox has moved from its regular slot to mid-June, because of The Sport, but will perefectly capture the exuberance of summer and reclaim a relevancy which, in all honesty, it was in danger of losing. Not too sure about Holly Johnson though.
Find out about other London festivals here, but recent announcements include.
Radio 1’s Hackney Weekender @ Hackney Marshes 23-24 June 2012
London’s party of the summer is a huge affair to warm up east London in advance of The Sport. London artists include Florence and the Machine, Bombay Bicycle Club and Jessie J while international mega stars Jack White and Lana Del Ray hit the stage. Register for free tickets.
I’ll Be Your Mirror @ Alexander Palace 25-27 May 2012
Joining Slayer, Mogwai and Afghan Whigs are the recently announed Death Grips, Ultramagntic MCs, Dirty Three and, newly reformed and amazing beyond all belief, The Make Up. Tickets £130 for the weekend.
Applecart Festival @ Victoria Park 3 June 2012
In addition to the already announced Billy Bragg and Nenah Cherry, Applecart also host, Adam Ant, Josh T Pearson, Beth Jeans Houghton and post punk legends Scritti Politti. Early birds tickets £29.50.
Bloc Weekender @ London Pleasure Gardens 6-7 July, 2012
Moving from Bultins to London’s newest venue space allows the capital to host Orbital, Gary Numan, L-Vis 1990 and Squarepusher for a weekend of leftfield electronica. Tickets start from £99.
SW4 @ Clapham Common, 25-26 August
So far only Chase and Status have been announced as headliners of south London’s dance festival, but they’re ace so it’s good enough for us. Tickets on sale 17 February 9am.