Festival review: Lovebox 2014

By Beth Allcock on July 21, 2014 12:25 PM |

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Lovebox 2014
Victoria Park, east London.
★★★★✩

Summer stormclouds, strobe lighting and Chase and Status' closing setlist combined to spark something rather superb in east London on Friday.

Dancing lights and sparkles of colour sprung from Lovebox's main stage in Victoria Park - thunderbolts of lighting overhead adding to the kaleidoscope - and revealing floral clad masses with their rain smattered faces and huge smiles.

Considering the dance festival's somewhat stormy lead up period, where a court hearing was needed to grant a new, four-year license, the tumultuous conditions seemed somewhat apt.

Earlier on the opening day, home-grown talent Katy B got the party started in the scorching sunshine with renditions of much-loved tracks Crying for No Reason, Still and Little Red album offering Aaliyah, a tribute to the singer who died in 2001.

The flame-haired songstress saved Lights On until last, the crowd perfectly primed to bop to the beat and share it's sentiments about partying through the night.

For this was only 7pm on the dance extravaganza's opening evening - and we certainly weren't going to call quits on this party.

Hardened rap fans stayed put - albeit dashing to the various food and drinks offerings scattered around - for ASAP Rocky's upcoming chants.

Though if you were part of my festival flock, craving to continue the dance beats that bit longer, we dashed to the West Stage plastic pints in hand for man-of-the moment Duke Dumont.

The idyllic summer time sounds of I Got You seeped across the grassy space bringing even the most reluctant to their feet for a boogie.

Talking of which, hardened festival goer or complete newbie, this was a gig for all.

Yes, the music took priority, with a host of stages and acts throughout the Friday and Saturday, with other headliners M.I.A, Nas, and Jess Glynne and lesser-known acts including east London's We Were Evergreen scattered across smaller stages.

But voga sessions, the Elle Fashion Cupboard, Dress Up Photo Booth and Miss Lippy Beauty offered fantastic fun in-between the tunes.

Although unless your beauty-box was filled with mascara of a waterproof kind, it was panda eyes all round for Friday's finale.

The masses spread across the vast park and shared their affections for Radio One DJ Annie Mac and band Chase and Status on the Main Stage.

The latter's set, gradually upping intensity song-by-song, was a festival experience to savour with tracks like No Problem blasting out as the rain came down on a sea of bobbing heads and twisting bodies.

Go to loveboxfestival.com.

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