Feel The Love: A Lovebox 2012 preview

Groove Armada's London party celebrates a decade this weekend

Feel The Love: A Lovebox 2012 preview

Photographer:Peter Corkhill

Chris Eustace - 13 June 2012

“A Decade Of Love”?! That’s going to be a long festival!

Er, it’s just the tagline for Lovebox’s tenth anniversary. It’s on for three days, from 15-17 June in London’s Victoria Park, actually.

Nice! Three days, you say?

Yep, and each day comes under a different heading, with Friday being Bang The Box, then we're on a Music Safari on Saturday before going Out And Out There on Sunday.

I like headings...

Just as well, as we’ve made our own for the acts you shouldn’t miss this weekend:

The founders: Groove Armada

“2002. Clapham Common. We'd decided to do an outdoor live gig, turn it into a bit of a party. It had sold out in 4 minutes. Which is when the chaos started. Ten years later and our love letter to the capital had become a 3 day weekend for 50,000 people” said GA’s Tom Findlay. They’re bringing their full live set back to the festival, promising a “never-to-be-seen-again show” before Friendly Fires' headline spot. That's big talk, but they can back it up.

The talking point: Lana Del Rey

‘Born To Die’ is selling by the truckload, so everything’s going to plan on that score, but there’s still a bit of a question mark over the former Lizzie Grant’s live clout, after some rather unsteady vocal performances. A festival’s a bit different to a TV show though, and there’ll be as many people turning up hoping to see a car crash as there are to sing along. If she can deliver here, it’ll go a long way to silencing the doubters.

The diva: Grace Jones

The one person who will rival Ms. Del Rey for talking point of the festival – she got a 10/10 from VF when she last played the festival in 2010. There’ll be pioneering electro classics like ‘Slave To The Rhythm’ and ‘Pull Up To The Bumper’ and no doubt, a performance that’ll make Madonna and Lady Gaga look like shrinking violets.

The “where the hell has he been?”: Mika

One huge album, then one not-quite-as-huge album, then...nothing. We might get some new material this weekend though, with a new album, conveniently titled ‘The Origin Of Love’, apparently in the works. The campaign to remind festivalgoers who he is starts this weekend, then.   

The dance masters: Hot Chip

With a new album, ‘In Our Heads’ out this week, Victoria Park will essentially be treated to its’ grand unveiling on Friday night. You can go crazy to ‘Over and Over’, ‘Shake A Fist’ and ‘Ready For The Floor’, but make sure you give current single ‘Night And Day’ the same treatment, it’s got the same rush of all their best stuff, plus a rap warning against annoying the DJ with rubbish requests, while asking “Do I look like a rapper?” What’s not to like?

Who else can I see?

Click here for the full Lovebox Festival line-up.

If you want to get in the mood, may we recommend the VF Lovebox Spotify Playlist?

This sounds like a plan to me, what’s the deal with the tickets?  

Lovebox Festival tickets are on sale now

Lovebox 2012 tickets are priced at £29.50 (plus booking fee) for the Friday and £49.50 (plus booking fee) for the Saturday and Sunday.

Weekend Lovebox tickets (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) are on sale for £99 (plus booking fee).

Click here to buy Lovebox Festival tickets.


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