|Location(s)||Victoria Park, London, England|
|Years active||2002 – present|
Lovebox is a two-day music festival held in Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets, London. The event has been running since 2002 and was founded by DJs Groove Armada. During this time, Lovebox has also hosted events in Newcastle, Dublin and Ibiza as well as numerous parties and club nights.
Origins and history
In 2003 to celebrate the first anniversary of the night, the pair hosted the first outdoor Lovebox event. The one-day event was held at the end of June 2003, on Clapham Common with a capacity of 10,000. Tickets for the event sold out in two days. The event consisted of one live main stage, three smaller dance stages plus bars and food stalls.
In 2005, Lovebox moved to Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets. The festival expanded to two days and a capacity of 25,000. The event was co-headlined by Groove Armada and Mylo and featured four dance tents, two cabaret arenas, a 1900s Spiegel tent and a funfair.
From 2007 until 2008, Lovebox hosted a sister event in Dublin.
By 2009, Lovebox had increased to a capacity of 50,000 and a 40-acre (160,000 m2) site.
Lovebox has also hosted nights at The End, Turnmills, Neighbourhood, Canvas, The Key and The Ministry of Sound in London and elsewhere in Brighton, Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Ibiza, as well as an annual summer boat party, which ran until 2008.
For 2010, the festival has been expanded to a three-day event, notable however for the fact that Groove Armada are missing from the lineup.
Lovebox 2014 has been reduced back to a two-day event.
Despite starting out as a predominantly dance festival, Lovebox has since expanded to include a wide variety of musical genres including indie, rock, world and pop, as well as circus performers, cabaret and fringe acts. In 2009 the festival hosted seven stages, supported by various partnerships from brands including Gaymers Cider, Relentless and Rizla.
Lovebox is also known for being a very creative-led event, with stages and areas being elaborately built and dressed. The 2009 festival site featured a tree house, a bowling alley, a vintage fashion fair and a healing and massage area as well as several themed bars and eating areas.
Being based in central London, yet still encompassing many of the features of country-set events such as Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party, Lovebox has developed a reputation for being an “urban-based-yet-rural-feeling, multi-dimensional festival – without the camping or the endless tramping about.” The event is also fully accessible – being set in a public park, Lovebox avoids many of the usual pitfalls that befall disabled attendees at other festivals – and family friendly – with a children’s area and family friendly performances on their Fringe stage.
The Lovebox Festival has won a selection of awards. In 2006, it won Virtual Festivals Party People Award for Dance Music. In 2008 Lovebox won the UK Festival Award for Best Medium-Sized Festival.
Headliners: Groove Armada, Duran Duran, Doves, N.E.R.D., Florence and the Machine, Simian Mobile Disco, Friendly Fires, Rodrigo Y Gabriela. Plus performances from Alan Pownall, Andy Butler (Hercules & Love Affair), Annie Nightingale, Au Revoir Simone, Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton (DJ History/Lowlife), Black Joe Lewis, Bombay Bicycle Club, Chairlift, Chew Lips, Chipmunk, Daisy O'Dell, Dan Black, Dananananaykroyd, David Shrigley, Datarock, Diplo, Disco Bloodbath, DJ Sneak, Drums Of Death, Fenech-Soler, Filthy Luka AKA Luke Howard, Fontan, Frankmusik, Gang Of Four, Gary Numan, Giles Smith, Gruff Rhys, Hip-Hop Karaoke, Horse Meat Disco, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Idjut Boys, James Priestley, Jazzie B, Joakim, Joey Negro, Johnny D, Justin Robertson, Ladyhawke, Late Night Audio, Magistrates, Matt Berry, MPHO, Mr Hudson, N*E*R*D, New York Dolls, Nextmen, Nisennenmondai, Noah and the Whale, Norman Jay, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, Richard Norris (Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve), Rokia Traore, The Rumble Strips, secretsundaze, Severino, Stuart Patterson & Leo Elstob, Swimming, The Temper Trap, The Death Set, The Emperor Machine, The Jive Aces, The RGBs, The Twelves, Tom Maddicott, Tommy Reilly (Scottish musician), VV Brown, Wave Machines, X-Press 2, Young Fathers, Dananananaykroyd
Plus performances from: A Love From Outer Space, A-Trak, Amplify Dot, Andrew Weatherall, Andreya Triana, Annie Mac, Antics, Art Department, Artwork, Auntie Flo, B-Traits, Ben Seagren, Benoit & Sergio (Live), Bicep, Big Deal, Bipolar Sunshine, Bobby Champs, Breach, Buttoned Down Disco, Camo & Krooked, Charlie Wilson, Chloe Howl, Cottam, Dan Beaumont, Danny Byrd, Darren Grayson, Dauwd, David Rodigan MBE, Death on the Balcony, Derrick Carter, Disclosure (DJ set), DISTRIKT, DJ Harvey, DJ Kramer, DJ Yoda, Dolan Bergin, Dre Skull, Duke Dumont, Eric Duncan, Factory Floor, Fear of Men, Flying Lotus, Force of Nature, Frankie Knuckles, Fred V & Grafix, Ghostpoet, Gold Panda, Greenmoney, Hannah Holland, Heidi, High Contrast, Horse Meat Disco, Idjut Boys, Idles, Infinity Ink, IntroducingLive, Iration Steppas, James Hillard, Jamie Jones, Jayo & Andy George, Jazzie B, Jim Stanton, Jodie Harsh, John Newman, John Talabot, Jon Hopkins, Jonny Woo & Friends, Josef Salvat, Julio Bashmore, Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez, Kim Ann Foxman, Kindness (DJ set), Krankbrother, Kris Di Angelis, Kwabs, Le Carousel, Lee Foss, London Elektricity, Luke Howard, Lulu James, Lung, Mark Ashley Dupe, Mark Ronson, Matt Kramer, Mausi, Mele, Metrik, Mia Dora, Miss Kittin (Live), Moko, Monki, Moxie, Mykki Blanco, No Artificial Colours, NU:Logic, Oddisee, Olivier St Louis, Owlle, Paul Geddes, Paul Kalkbrenner, PBR Streetgang, Prins-Thomas, Purity Ring, Quadron, Rainy-Milo, Redlight, Richy Ahmed, Roscius, Rudi Zygadlo, S.P.Y., Sam & The Womp, SBTRKT (DJ set), Scruffizer, Sean Johnston, Seb Chew, Severino, Sid Batham, Simon Shackleton, Solomun, Splashh, Subb-An, Tayo, The Correspondents, The Gaslamp Killer, The Lovely Jonjo's, The Portillo Moment, The Revenge, Toddla T Sound, Unit 7, Venum Sound, Voyeur, Wiley and Zebra Katz.