by Gaby Whitehill
Thursday night’s earth-shaking lightning storms made way for 32 degree sunshine for the first day of Lovebox – and what a day it was.
As crowds streamed into London’s Victoria Park, each corner of the site – from the industrial setting of Distrikt, to the shady reaches of the pom pom-bedecked trees – was soon filled with Lovebox-goers.
Thanks to the sunshine (hottest day of the year so far, folks) there was an undeniably special atmosphere. Wherever you walked, you’d soon come across something that would demand your attention for the next few minutes; whether it was an impromptu dance recital, a hula hoop class set to Christina Aguilera’s ‘Dirrty’ or one of the many performers wondering around the site.
There was also, of course, the music. Some of the highlights included an appearance from New York rapper Joey Bada$$, who cooled down the crowds with blissed-out cuts, and a typically epic set from the incomparable David Rodigan.
A slew of the world’s hottest DJs, including Cyril Hahn, Duke Dumont and Annie Mac ensured the West Stage was pretty much the best all-day party that ever was. Scenes at Bearded Kitten Manor were also something to behold, with the sun-drenched masses stretching back as far as the eye could see to catch the likes of Shy FX and DJ EZ.
Meanwhile, we also sampled a delicious pulled pork brioche bun from the very multitalented Seth Troxler’s BBQ haven Smokey Tails, and had our bottoms read by the lovely Asstrology girls. Seriously. According to my glutes, I’m passionate, good at giving advice and should go travelling in Thailand soon.
As the sun went down – and what a spectacular sunset it was – Harlem MC ASAP Rocky took to the main stage to air cuts from his debut Long.Live.A$AP, praising the crowd for matching his energy.
Finally, as some not entirely unwelcome drops of rain began to fell on the Lovebox crowd, Chase and Status wrapped up what had been a very special day with a similarly electrifying set. Joined by guests including Kano, Moko and Louis M^ttrs, the London duo delivered one of the best festival appearances we’ve ever seen.
That was day one. If day two is going to be anywhere remotely as good, we’re in for a treat. Ready for round two, people?