FAULT Magazine Attends Lovebox 2015


Victoria Park in Hackney has played host to Lovebox for so many years and now it’s become very much a staple of local festival goers’ calendars. This year saw the Sunday dropped off in favor of a 2-day affair, this didn’t seem to affect the numbers or the feel good factor on a beautiful sunny Friday afternoon. Does anyone work around here we asked ourselves as we headed straight into an early afternoon treat in the shape of the Despacio tent. Judging by the throngs of party-goers dancing to the cool disco house sounds of 2 Many D.J’s and James Murphy & friends the answer is definitely a resounding no! Next up we hit the ‘Aperol Spritz Social’ stage just in time to hear Norman Jay smashing out his eclectic catalogue of feel good tunes synonymous with Notting Hill Carnival and had us heading for some tasty treats backstage to refuel before the evening hit.


Our highlight of the weekend was about to start and we made our way to the front of the main stage as we ticked another band off our bucket list. Cypress Hill are legends of the Hip Hop scene and they certainly did not disappoint. They floated effortlessly through their set in a superbly executed back catalogue of records that had the crowd in the palm of their hand by the time ‘Insane in the Membrane’ hit home. Returning on Saturday feeling slightly disheveled from the previous night’s fun we took time to hit all the rides and took full advantage of the guys selling beers from their backpacks, why would you queue in a beer tent?

Onto the headliner of the night, Snoop dog, the biggest crowd of the weekend waited eagerly for the big fella and it wasn’t long before he was on stage dressed in an England football shirt and ably assisted by an MC and some bad ass dancing girls. He smashed through his set and the place erupted. There was still time to squeeze in a visit to see Little Dragon performing their electric synth pop tunes on the 2nd stage. Her voice is incredible and lit up a great end to the evening. Love Box certainly know how to strike a balance of cool and upcoming music with some traditionally bigger names. It’s a well-organised event in a great location. We’ll definitely be back next year…


Words: LXN