Manu Chao and The Flaming Lips headline Lovebox

While Jack Penate and Howling Bells play new songs

Manu Chao and The Flaming Lips headline Lovebox

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

21 July 2008

Following their headline set at Camp Bestival on Saturday night, The Flaming Lips played the second of their only UK festival shows of the year at Lovebox.

Once again flanked by dressed-up dancers and showered by confetti and streamers, the band performed a 90-minute set which included crowd favourites like 'Fight Test' and 'The Yeah, Yeah, Yeah Song', before finishing with a singalong of 'Do You Realise'.

Singer Wayne Coyne also dedicated 'Vein Of Stars' to Goldfrapp who had played the main stage previously, putting on an equally impressive stage show with dancers dressed as pixies and yetis.

Earlier in the day, Roni Size Reprazent rolled back the years to play songs from their award-winning album 'New Forms', with the band reworking classic drum'n'bass tracks like 'Brown Paper Bag'.  

It prompted next acts Jack Penate to declare them "kind of a hard act to follow". He did though and even treated the crowd to a new song in 'Give Yourself Away' before he began performing a Roni Size cover. 

Australian indie outfit Howling Bells also performed a new song 'Into The Chaos' in The Great Escape Arena and were joined by two Elvis Presley impersonators.

Manu Chao headlined the Saturday night at Lovebox, playing an energy fuelled hour and a half which followed in the vein of his sets at Glastonbury and EXIT.

Other highlights from Saturday included Lovebox founders Groove Armada, The Young Knives, Natty and Mylo, who filled in for Frankie Knuckles at the last minute after the DJ was struck by illness.


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