When London’s warm summer weather has you in the mood to sing, dance, and celebrate, put on your funkiest clothes and grab your closest friends for two intense days of music and fun at the Lovebox Festival. On July 18 and 19, Victoria Park–the oldest public park in the city–will be transformed into a massive festival ground with various stages, tents, and concession areas. Some of the most popular musicians in the U.K. and around the world will be performing for a hip East London crowd, and you won’t want to miss a single beat.
Feel the gleeful anticipation in your stomach as you lie down in the grass and wait for the first act of this festival’s impressive lineup to take the stage. More than 100 artists from a variety of genres will perform, including house, drum ‘n’ bass, techno, funk, soul, reggae, indie, and pop. As the first notes ring out over the lawn, allow yourself to be carried away by the excitement of being in the heart of one of the city’s most renowned musical events. Founded in 2002 by electronic music DJs Groove Armada, Lovebox has featured some of the buzziest names in the business over the years, and the 2014 lineup is no different. From newcomers to big names such as M.I.A., Katy B, A$AP Rocky, Chase & Status, and The Horrors, you’ll want to scream out your favorite lyrics as you put your hands in the air and dance alongside 50,000 other fans. Between performances, you can explore the grounds and grab drinks and food from the vendors as you mix and mingle with other music aficionados.
If you and your friends tend to do everything with a touch of luxury, opt for a Lovebox VIP pass to gain access to the festival and the Pavilion Gardens behind the main stage. Catch a glimpse of your favorite artist tuning his guitar under a park tree before taking advantage of another VIP perk: free hair styling and a secret performance.
No matter whether you keep it simple or opt for the upgrade, surrounding yourself with your closest friends and dancing to the beat of today’s best music is all you need for a memorable weekend.
Photo by Rob Sinclair