Wah! This weekend, the Lovebox festival lands slap bang in the middle of Victoria Park and takes over. The line-up is typically brilliant and contains too many ‘must-see’ acts to mention…but we’ve tried. Here’s 10 acts that we really, really want to see…
The lesser spotted Michael Eugene Archer (otherwise known as D’Angelo) last hit these shores in early 2012, after more than a decade in the musical wilderness. The king of minimalist soul plays this special one-off show on Sunday at Lovebox and we reckon he might even play some new stuff. A must, must see.
His album Fin was one of the best dance albums of last year. So we think that the Barcelona DJ knows a thing or two about creating the perfect chilled out soundtrack for a braying (probably very, very sweaty) festival crowd. See you down the front for Destiny, yeah?
Ah Kelis. From Caught Out There To Millionaire To Acapella to Got Your Money, she has been the voice behind many of the greatest party anthems of the last 15 years, so who better to lead the Lovebox rabble into a mass, Sunday night singalong than her?
Kim Ann Foxman
She’s the voice behind Hercules & Love Affair. Singer-cum-DJ Kim Ann Foxman has a few zippy tracks of her own which mix Chicago House with early Madonna. As a child she wanted to grow up to become Ya Kid K. Which, we're sure you'll agree, is amazing.
All hail 'La Bella Mafia' aka the original (very) rude girl! Nicki Minaj ‘appropriated’ (ahem) some of Kim’s style and sauce but now the MC legend behind Lighters Up and The Jump Off makes a rare UK appearance. Are you ready to put your lighters up? (Or, you know, a phone would do…)
Continuing their live assault on the festival circuit, our favourite R&B duo Alunageorge hit the stage on Saturday. Their forthcoming album Body Music has been worth the wait, featuring many more songs as lovely as You Know You Like It and Your Drums, Your Love (we love).
Adam Bainbridge was floating around in a haze of mystery for a few years until last year’s World, You Need A Change Of Mind confirmed that-yes, yes - the hype was worth it. His slot on Saturday is just a DJ one but we’re hoping that he’ll ‘drop’ lots of Prince.
We love, love, love her new song (featuring the currently-on-a-bit-of-a-role-thankyouverymuch Pharrell) ATM Jam, and we still can’t get over her super hero-esque get up at Glastonbury, so we’re dead excited. Just don’t expect any guest apperances from Lily Allen.
The Disclosure boys will be DJ’ing on Friday night, creating some sort of pandemonium if the reception that greeted their debut Settle is anything to go by. We totally expect them to play some of their own dance-tastic tracks like Latch and White Noise.
Mysterious LA noodler FlyLo is brilliant at sculpting massively atmospheric, ambient sound-jams. His last album was Until The Quiet Comes was a career highlight and his show on Friday is sure to have you wigging out (in the best way possible).