With a list of huge artists playing this weekend at Lovebox in Hackney's Victoria Park, the heatwave couldn't have come at a better time. This year has been slimmed down from three to just two days, but no costs have been spared with the amazing line-up, that makes sure Lovebox is still one of the highlights of London summer.
Who's playing? Headliners for the weekend are the British drum'n'bass duo Chase & Status, the charming M.I.A and the old school American classic, Nas. A massive mix of genres from remix boy wonder Cyril Hahn; to the infamous DJ EZ; to a more recent but impressive American hip hop artist, Joey Bada$$; to the chilled out sounds of Bonobo. Despite starting out as a predominantly dance festival, Lovebox has since expanded to include a wide variety of musical genres which makes this festival perfect for so many types of people, ages and interests. Check out the poster below for more info on who's playing.
THE FOOD. It looks amazing. First of all, Smokey Tails will be there (a pop up restaurant in East London) and their food is the nuts. Pulled pork burgers, mac n cheese, chicken quarters, innovative salads & much more... Check out the facebook for mouth-watering images, you'll want to try this. For Dessert? Crosstown Doughnuts has my vote.
Another reason why Lovebox has done so well for itself is it's constantly up to date, interesting and what people want. If you're not so good at keeping track of times, download the Lovebox App and it'll work out the time schedule for you. So you can go get pissed without worrying about reading through a timetable and you can set up your prefered schedule. The official page says it's "full of all the information you need to enjoy the festival, including set times, stage details, create your own schedule for the day so you can plan the fun, receive latest news and changes on the day, along with our social media updates from artists and Lovebox."
I'm lucky enough to be able to choose what I listen to at work. Most people listen to the radio and honestly, I don't know how you do it. I need something that sits delicately in the background while my busy mind chatters away. Normally, I'll just look up a playlist on Spotify and hope it doesn't annoy me. Anyway, the point I'm getting at, is I've found the perfect office music. This is big news.
Known to listeners as Submerse, Rob Orme is a young artist from Northern England, with an adoration of hip-hop and Japan. His debut album Slow Waves is influenced by an array of sounds, people and places. His music has a gentle and dreamy flow, perfect to create a calm atmosphere.
Light and airy percussions twinkle alongside smooth bass lines and delicate female voices that pour over mellow beats; future garage is an innovative take on what garage can be. Orme has even coined his own "j-garage"—a mix between western bass music (future garage, 130 BPM house and dubstep) with Japanese soundbites like vocals and anime samples. In my opinion, I can't get enough of this type of music, but shamefully, I know it's not for all.
Slow Waves From Submerse:
Like what you hear? Check out an interview from FACT Magazine with Rob Orme to delve deeper...
Jamie XX has long been a favourite of mine and someone who always impresses me when I hear his stuff. He's originally part of The XX but does DJing on the side under his stage name Jamie XX. His new track for Young Turks 'All Under One Roof Raving' is definitely another great song for summer and along with a lot of his music, I'm sure this will be a grower.
This song was written as a homage to the UK when he was touring and missing life back home. Quite nice to know a bit about the background of the song before you listen as it gives you a bit of context to the samples used:
“I made All Under One Roof Raving whilst on the tail end of another year on the road with The xx. I was missing life in London and trawling through any music and videos that reminded me of home. One in particular I found very inspiring, Mark Leckey’s ‘Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore.’
I made this track in order to play out back home as I knew the year to come would be spent largely in the UK, DJing and making my own album. It serves as a reminder, not to take any time for granted at home or away.”