[REVIEW] Lovebox Festival - Victoria Park
There's a distinct reason why a Festival can sustain its status over a ten year period. In fact, there's a distinct reason as to how a Festival can grow and develop from an initial one day affair into a weekender! By understanding what you're primarily out to achieve and consistently blending brilliantly diverse line up's to go that can get tongue's wagging you are almost certain to become a success, and that's exactly what Lovebox curators Groove Armada have done over the last ten years, and hats off to them.
Following its conception in 2002, East London's brilliant Victoria Park play's host to thousands of eager ravers around the mid-June period of every year who come to enjoy the fruits of three very different day's of music across eight very different stages. It's a formula that works for everybody, even if the heaven choose to piss on us every year for it.
The Friday of Lovebox is widely known as 'Bass Day', with Crystal Castles and headliners Hot Chip managing proceedings on the main stage and DJ's spinning some serious tuneage across the rest of the Park.For us the day largely revolved around the high hats, snares, kicks and soulful vocals projected across the NYC Downlow and Stockade stages, where the likes of Disclosure, The 2 Bears, Benji B, Mele, Jaguar Skills and the expert basslines from the Hessle Audio family, who gave everyone a preview of what can be expected from Croatia's Dimensions Festival this September.
The second outdoor stage is curated by Shy FX and plays host to the Digital Soundboy famo, which cannot help but bring a Carnival Vibe to the revellers within its reach. With Bashment heavyweights The Heatwave opening the stage, Radio 1's B Traits and Toddla T serve out a blend of Old and New-Skool Garage riddims who warm up the afternoon nicely before the pioneering profiles of Sub Focus, Rusko and Breakage guide us through those lairy Dubstep basslines that have defined Underground music over the past five years.
Today though, is really all about the bass boys of the Rinse FM family who have actively flown the flag for Underground Bass music for the past 25 years. The disorderly scenes in the Rinse FM tent are an affirmation of the monumental impact that D&B, Dubstep, House and UK Funky has had on modern music. All building up to the anticipated headline slot from Skream and and long standing MC Sgt Pokes, the energy and vibes of Grime stars Boy Better Know turn the crowd into a frenzy before Skream takes to the stage. And this was after slots from Redlight, Ms Dynamite, Roska & Jamie George, Brackles and Zinc who all in their own right dictate the relentless tempo for what was ultimately an unforgettable day for everyone involved.
Until next year, we'll leave you with our Gallery on how the day unfolded. Hold tight for our VIDEO montage, which will soon come.