BANG THE BOX – LOVEBOX, FRIDAY 15th JULY 2011 by Lovebox Official
With an eclectic spread of DJs, producers and crews over the course of all three days culminating in unforgettable ultimate finales where the crowds will see 3 DJ greats join forces behind the decks for a one off – never before heard ‘BACARDÍ Together Set’.
Included in the impressive BACARDÍ Get Together line up is Italian-Belgian maestro, Aeroplane, founders of legendary Glasgow club night and celebrated DJs in their own right, Optimo, renowned bass heavy electronic house duo Jack Beats, purveyors of the New York Disco scene In Flagranti and DFA Records’ Euro-disco, Detroit techno and Chicago house influenced The Juan Maclean.
A festival first, Rinse FM will be bring their underground sound right back to its roots. To many fans of underground music, Rinse FM is London – without Rinse, dubstep, grime, UK Funky and the current wave of “post-dubstep” creatives wouldn’t exist the way you know them.FWD>>RINSE will be bringing one third of Magnetic Man, Skream, Kode9, Roll Deep and many more to their arena.
Busy P is boasting an Ed Banger party not to be missed offering Friday-goers sets from SebastiAn, Cassius and more. Notorious culture magazine, Vice’s arena gives us appearances from Spank Rock, Flying Lotus and Hudson Mohawke and the Gaymer’s main stage offers performances from Metronomy, Beardyman, Example and Washed Out. You’d be hard pushed to find better value at £28.50 for a ticket.
Sunday on the Relentless Energy Drink Arena will be taken over by Jodie Harsh’s Circus, where she will be bringing her famous parties out of the warehouse and into the park. The London icon and life and soul of the party will be joined by an immense line-up of friends, including Filthy Dukes, Fred Falke and Style Of Eye.
Over on the main stage, festival goers will be treated to appearances from Swedish dance sensation, Robyn, the wildly flamboyantScissor Sisters, mixing maestros 2 Many DJs, music and style icons Blondie and R&B star Kelis.
As if that isn’t enough, Lovebox 2011 will also see the return of NYC Downlow, the infamous US import which fuses cabaret, performance and music in one strikingly unmissable individual space and which can only be witnessed in all its eye-popping glory here. Horse Meat Disco residents James Hillard, Jim Stanton and Filthy Luka, will be throwing a gloriously messy party alongsideTensnake, Severino and The Shit RobotShow (Live)
Saturday’s Music Safari will see Hospitality hosting the Relentless Energy Drink Arena, with performances from two of the original pioneers of the jungle and drum & bass scenes High Contrast and Shy FX and legendary reggae DJ, David Rodigan. Saturday-goers can expect plenty of cheap thrills and infectious pop from Holy Ghost!’s BACARDÍ Get Together performance.Mulletover aren’t afraid to take risks, winning the heart of the London underground scene and this year is no different – they return to Lovebox to host the Dance Arena, and bring with them world-renowned UK electronica duo and Lovebox founders Groove Armada, alongside Canadian futuristic, synth-driven, underground talent Art Department. Together, Warm and Electric Minds will beprogramming the NYC Downlow, weaving through deep house, techno and bass music, by bringing together the likes of Ame, Sebo K, MCDE, Appleblim andFloating Points
FRIDAY 15TH JULY / BANG THE BOX – LOVEBOX FESTIVAL
RELENTLESS ENERGY DRINK ARENA HOSTED BY ED BANGER:
CARTE BLANCHE (DJ MEHDI & RITON)
FWD >> RINSE FM STAGE
ROLL DEEP / DJ & MC SET
GEENEUS & TIPPA
ROSKA & JAMIE GEORGE
PLASTICIAN & P MONEY
N-TYPE & YOUNGSTA
* RINSE FM BROADCAST
VICE / NYC DOWNLOW
FLYING LOTUS / live
PHOTEK / live
THE BACARDI GET TOGETHER
JAYMO & ANDY GEORGE
WORK IT / VIP STAGE
WORK IT GIRLS
LIVIN’ PROOF DJS (DJ Rags, DJ Khalil, DJ Snips and Budgie)
SATURDAY 16th JULY – LOVEBOX FESTIVAL
SNOOP DOGG PERFORMING DOGGYSTYLEFT DAZ DILLINGER AND KURUPT (THA DOGG POUND), RBX, LADY RAGE, WARREN G AND JOE COOL
SOUND OF ARROWS
ROSS ALLEN (DJ)
THE JOY FORMIDABLE
DRY THE RIVER
THE PHOENIX FOUNDATION
FOSTER THE PEOPLE
RELENTLESS ENERGY DRINK ARENA HOSTED BY HOSPITALITY:
LONDON ELEKTRICTY (FT ELSA ESMERELDA)
CAMO + KROOKED
LOGISTICS (FT NATALIE WILLIAMS)
WAH WAH 45’S SOUNDSYSTEM
MC’S – DYNAMITE, WREC, AD, SP:MC, STAMINA
THE BACARDI GET TOGETHER
LOVEBOX DANCE ARENA HOSTED BY MULLETOVER GROOVE ARMADA PRESENT RED LIGHT SETH TROXLER ART DEPARTMENT GEDDES
NYC DOWNLOW HOSTED BY WARM / ELECTRIC MINDS AME SEBO K MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE APPLEBLIM FLOATING POINTS MARK E
Curated by Lovebox’s boisterous younger sibling Bang the Box, Friday will see appearances from Ed Sheeran and Architecture in Helsinki on the Gaymers Stage. With a ticket for Friday‘s shenanigans costing from only £28.50 it’ll be hard to find a better night out for such good value.
2011 is set to be 20-year old Ed Sheeran’s year. The singer-songwriter has achieved phenomenal success with minimal airplay, securing a no. 1 album on iTunes earlier this year with No.5 Collaborations Project, featuring tie-ups with Devlin, JME and Wiley. Now signed to a major after multiple self-funded indie releases and due to release his debut album this Summer, Ed is stunning critics and fans alike with his incredible raw talent and individuality.
A band all about creating the perfect pop/indie rock rush, Architecture in Helsinki use multiple instruments including synths, saxes and even their toes. The six-piece are constantly challenging themselves to keep their enthusiastic live shows bursting with energy and maintaining an addictive happy-go-lucky, made-for-dancing vibe.
In the Vice Arena, taylor-made for London’s hippest bright young things, Friday’s festival-goers will be treated to a very special appearance from Warp Records’ Hudson Mohawke and their cornerstone artist Flying Lotus. The avant-garde L.A. native and producer of otherworldy, experimental, multi-genre sounds has been heavily influenced by his family’s jazz heritage as well as his love of drum and bass, West Coast gangsta rap and G-Funk melodies. A unique and pioneering electronic artist, his most recent album, Cosmogramma, has been described by Mary Anne Hobbs as “A completely new sonic language. Lotus is like Hendrix – he’s completely torn up the rule book in electronic music… I hear his sound echoing in every corner of the planet.”
The Bang the Box crowd will also be privy to a very special first ever live appearance from Photek, aka Rupert Parkes. One of drum and bass’s earliest adopters, this true player in the scene is one of the most respected artists in his genre. Herve, known for his rave-oriented productions and high energy DJ sets, also features on the bill.
The Relentless Energy Drink Arena will run across all three days of the festival and be host to three of Lovebox’s most exciting crews. On Friday, iconic Parisian dance stable Ed Banger Records will launch a full-blown attack on Lovebox patrons ears by presenting enfant terrible SebastiAn, French house duo Cassius, electropop Lolita Uffie and DJ superteam Carte Blanche. Ed Banger head honcho Busy P will be teaming up with graphic designer and illustrator So Me to form Busy Pictionary. In a feast for the eyes and ears, So Me will be creating live artwork on stage whilst Busy P spins the decks.
The Essex born and bred megastar with a songwriting talent to match her astonishing voice, Jessie J, will perform just before Snoop + Tha Dogg Pound on the main stage on Saturday. The winner of a Brits Critics’ Choice Award and the BBC’s Sound of 2011 has recently experienced a meteoric rise to critical acclaim in 2011, and is set to play the main stage on Saturday. With a debut album certified Gold after just one month, which includes the anthemic Do it Like a Dude and number one smash Price Tag ft. BOB, Jessie is set to bring her energetic and passionate live performance style to one of her biggest audiences yet. Whilst American artist Santigold will be mashing up dub, punk, and electronics to make an energetic, anger-fuelled set that blurs the lines between the dancefloor and the moshpit.
Saturday’s Music Safari will also feature Gaymers Stage appearances by three-piece North Wales indie rockers The Joy Formidable, Bolton’s Americana-influenced CherryGhost, the “new MGMT” Foster The People, New Yorkers Violens and folk-tronic Malpas. Encompassing an eclectic line-up of underground club collectives, cool indie kids and international mega stars in the shape of Snoop Dogg and Warren G, Music Safari will have a strong party vibe.
Fresh from sell out shows all over the UK, independent Drum & Bass label Hospital Records will be bringing Hospitality to the Relentless Energy Drink Arena on Saturday for their first ever London festival appearance, including DJ and producer, High Contrast, influential reggae DJ David Rodigan, live collaborative act London Elektricty (featuring Elsa Esmerelda), DJ, producer and musician Danny Byrd, new wave Drum & Bass producer Netsky, pioneers of jungle Drum & Bass Shy FX, Austrian Drum & Bass duo Camo + Krooked, hard-edged grunk composer Starkey, prolific Drum & Bass producer Logistics, highly respected producers, Nu:tone (featuring Natalie Williams), Drum & Bass DJs and producers Sigma and definitive label Wah Wah 45’s Soundsystem. Hosts include drum & bass, dubstep and hip hop MC‘s Wrec, Dynamite, Stamina, A.D. and SP:MC.
Meanwhile, Lovebox founders Groove Armada will return to the festival with Groove Armada Presents Red Light, the Mulletover crew featuring main man Geddes will bring a techno- house affair and their deep and sexy style, whilst Seth Troxler will bring his atmospheric bliss to this year’s festival.
Lead singer of The Gossip and NME’s “Coolest Person in Rock,” flamboyant indie-rocker Beth Ditto will play the main stage on Sunday. The Love Magazine cover star, rock goddess and queen of indie is made for Sunday’s Out and Out Fierce programme – a collection of the weird, wonderful, and fantastically fabulous; showing diversity, and being a true reflection of our wild, polychromatic, polysexual capital.
Also added to the Out and Out Fierce line up for Sunday for the Gaymers Stage are Italian Disco duo Retro/Grade, Disco House posers Monarchy and model/singer/songwriter/stylist Viktoria Modesta.
Sunday on the Relentless Energy Drink Arena will be taken over by Jodie Harsh’s Circus, where she will be bringing her famous parties out of the warehouse and into the park. The London icon and life and soul of the party will be joined by an immense line-up of friends, including “Sultan of Scando techno” Style of Eye, DJ Fred Falke, synthpoppers Filthy Dukes, DJ/Producer Kris Di Angelis (live), twisted house–master Tom Stephan, Bowski, Warboy and performances from Eat Your Heart Out and host Scottee.
Futher arenas confirmed for the weekend include a who’s who of some of the most important labels, DJs and promoters out there. East London radio station Rinse FM, recently granted an FM license after over a decade of underground service, will be bringing their FWD>>Rinse club night to Lovebox as arena hosts, marking their first London festival performance. Sticking to familiar territories of Hackney and Tower Hamlets where the widely acclaimed statio Rinse first came to prominence, FWD>>Rinse will be bringing a selection of prime acts from the grime, dubstep and UK Funky scenes that the station anc club night helped birth. The Horse Meat Disco will also bring a heavy dose of Disco house.
LINE UP TO DATE, MANY MORE TBA:
FRIDAY: GAYMERS STAGE: THE WOMBATS EXAMPLE METRONOMY BEARDYMAN ED SHEERAN ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI
RELENTLESS ENERGY DRINK ARENA HOSTED BY ED BANGER: BUSY P SEBASTIAN CASSIUS UFFIE CARTE BLANCHE (DJ MEHDI & RITON)
FWD >> RINSE FM ARENA SKREAM MS DYNAMITE ROLL DEEP – DJ AND MC SET KODE 9 P MONEY ROSKA PLASTICIAN JAMIE GEORGE ZINC & TIPPA
VICE ARENA: HUDSON MOHAWKE LIVE FLYING LOTUS LIVE HERVE PHOTEK LIVE
SATURDAY: MAIN STAGE: SNOOP DOGG PLAYS “DOGGY STYLE” (+ DAZ DILINGER, KURUPT, RBX, THE LADY OF RAGE, JOE COOL + GUEST STAR WARREN G) JESSIE J SANTIGOLD KATY B FENECH-SOLER ZIGGY MARLEY BAG RAIDERS JESS MILLS MAVERICK SABRE
GAYMERS STAGE: THE DRUMS LYKKE LI THE JOY FORMIDABLE CHERRYGHOST DRY THE RIVER THE PHOENIX FOUNDATION FOSTER THE PEOPLE VIOLENS MALPAS
RELENTLESS ENERGY DRINK ARENA HOSTED BY HOSPITALITY: HIGH CONTRAST DAVID RODIGAN LONDON ELEKTRICTY (FT ELSA ESMERELDA) DANNY BYRD NETSKY SHY FX CAMO + KROOKED STARKEY LOGISTICS (FT NATALIE WILLIAMS) NU:TONE SIGMA WAH WAH 45’S SOUNDSYSTEM MC’S – DYNAMITE, WREC, AD, SP:MC, STAMINA
PLUS: AME APPLEBLIM ART DEPARTMENT DRY THE RIVER ELECTRIC MINDS FLOATING POINTS GEDDES GROOVE ARMADA PRESENT RED LIGHT MARK E MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE MULLETOVER RBX ROSS ALLEN SEBO K SETH TROXLER STAMINA WARM
SUNDAY: MAIN STAGE: SCISSOR SISTERS 2MANYDJS (CLOSING MAIN STAGE DJ SET) BLONDIE BETH DITTO MARC ALMOND AZARI & III HARD TON FERAL AKA MC KINKY JONNY WOO DR NOKI FASHION SHOW
GAYMERS STAGE: ROBYN KELIS MEN BLACK DEVIL DISCO CLUB PLANNINGTOROCK RETRO/GRADE MONARCHY VIKTORIA MODESTA
RELENTLESS ENERGY DRINK ARENA HOSTED BY CIRCUS: JODIE HARSH’S CIRCUS STYLE OF EYE FRED FALKE FILTHY DUKES KRIS DI ANGELIS TOM STEPHAN BOWSKI WARBOY SCOTTEE EAT YOUR HEART OUT
PLUS: HORSE MEAT DISCO featuring: JAMES HILLARD JIM STANTON LUKE HOWARD AKA FILTHY LUKA SEVERINO TENSNAKE THE SHIT ROBOT SHOW LIVE
Snoop Dogg will play Lovebox featuring Daz Dillinger and Kurupt(Tha Dogg Pound), RBX, The Lady of Rage, Joe Cool and special guest Warren G banging out hit after hit from the legendary Doggystyle album, this will be a festival appearance not to be missed. The Doggystyle album has hit quadruple platinum selling status and spawned several hit singles including ‘What’s My Name’ and ‘Gin & Juice’, featuring many guests from the Death Row Label. Lovebox will be reuniting the Death Row heavy weights on stage for what is set to be the festival collaboration of the entire 2011 season. The Dogg will be performing his critically acclaimed album once again with his cousins for one of the first times in years where Lovebox fans will be privy to the lazy drawl and rhythmically complex-lyric delivery which the seminal album is renowned for.
In addition to Snoop’s musical feast, Loveboxers can expect to see groundbreaking singer songwriter Katy B, fresh off the back of her tour with dubstep pioneers Chase & Status, Swedish dance sensation, Robyn, the wildly flamboyant Scissor Sisters, New York based indie four piece The Drums, mixing maestros 2 Many DJs, music and style icons Blondie, scouse rockers The Wombats, Sweden’s “Queen of Chic” Lykke Li,London rapper Example, electronic pop band Metronomy, young brits Fenech-Soler, ex Soft Cell front man Marc Almond, R&B star Kelis, and UK Beatbox Champion Beardyman.
Taking place on the intersection of London’s most fashionable boroughs, fans can expect to see the likes of Vogue, Grazia and Dazed trend spotting, with the city’s summer fashionistas bringing a touch of glamour to London’s hippest summer hangout. Taking place over three days each day will have a distinct musical identity.
Kicking off the weekend’s music programme and getting the party started will be Lovebox’s boisterous younger sibling, Bang The Box. Bang The Box will be showcasing a speaker-melting hybrid of cutting edge sounds, with a heavyduty underground feel. Featuring the first London Festival appearances from local hero’s Rinse FM who will be hosting an Arena showcasing the very best from the dubstep/grime scene over which they reign, and from France, those coolest of cool Parisian cats, Ed BANGER Records, will both be ensuring the party is fully in swing as Friday night gets off to a flyer…
Saturday will be a Music Safari encompassing an eclectic line-up, a strong party vibe and of course international mega stars, hipper than thou rockers and underground club collectives.
Closing the weekend with decadence and style, Sunday’s Out and Out Fierce programme will be a collection of the weird, wonderful, and fantastically fabulous; showing diversity, and being a true reflection of our wild, polychromatic, polysexual capital. A welcome return to the Pink summer diary, for the pioneering mirror ball massive, Hoxton fashion acuteness, ringleaders of queer culture, and in addition to the main stage heavy weights, Lovebox fans can once again expect to see a mixture of the fiercest all night parties, ballrooms, gay discos, cabarets, and bingo halls galore, mixing it with recycled couture. Showing the festival how it’s done will include drag queen du jour Jodie Harsh, the Queen of London’s drag scene, bringing her infamous Circus parties out of the warehouses and into the park, Jonny Woo,and dedicated to the industry of human happiness and one popular mixture of disco and drag; DJ collective Horse Meat Disco. Subversive artist/designer/stylist and Vogue favourite Dr Noki will bring a convincing level of fashion credibility to an eclectic array of entertainment.
In addition to this musical feast and the real beauty of Lovebox, is that you can quite easily escape from the main stage and still have an unforgettable, deafening, furtive and special experience. With hidden soundsystems, secret corners within the trees, random acts of weirdness, a Farmer’s Market to feed even the capital foodies wildest expectations, street artists, fringe cabaret, cirque, comedy, roaming performance, there will be surprises at every turn defining Lovebox as a true festival experience in the heart of London.
Elsewhere in the park, Gaymers Ciderwill return for their fourth year, hosting the Second Stage featuring a series of bands on an original stage setting like no other. The Drums will perform on the Gaymers Stage, alongside Robyn, Kelis, The Wombats, Example, Metronomy, Beardyman, Lykke Li and Dry The River.
The Relentless Energy Drink Stage also makes a welcome return to Lovebox, with high energy acts playing epic sets throughout the festival, brought to you by Ed BANGER and Hospitality. Ed Banger head honcho Busy P will be teaming up with graphic designer and illustrator, So Me to form Busy Pictionary. So Me will be creating live artwork on stage whilst Busy P spins the decks. Electro artist SebastiAn, French house music duo Cassius, DJ superteam Carte Blanche and underground electronic artist, Uffie are also confirmed to perform. This is set to be a monumental first ever festival appearance for Ed Banger.
Fresh from sell out shows all over the UK, Independent Drum & Bass label Hospital Records will be bringing Hospitality to the proceedings for their first ever London festival appearance, including DJ and producer, High Contrast, influential reggae DJ David Rodigan, live collaborative act London Elektricty (featuring Elsa Esmerelda), DJ, producer and musicianDanny Byrd, new wave Drum & Bass producer Netsky,pioneers of jungle Drum & Bass Shy FX,Austrian Drum & Bass duo Camo + Krooked,hard-edged grunk composer Starkey, prolific Drum & Bass producer Logistics, highly respected producers, Nu:tone (featuring Natalie Williams), Drum & Bass DJs and producers Sigma and definitive label Wah Wah 45’s Soundsystem. Hosts include drum & bass, dubstep and hip hop MC‘s Wrec, Dynamite, Stamina, A.D. and SP:MC.
East London radio stationRinse FM’s dubstep/grime night, FWD Rinse, will be also be making their debut at LOVEBOX 2011 as arena hosts, returning to their home turf of Hackney and Tower Hamlets, where their widely acclaimed station first came to prominence. Artists confirmed for the FWD Rinse stage include dubstep producer and member of dubstep supergroup Magnetic Man, Skream, grime and dubstep producer Plastician, award-winning UK garage star Ms Dynamite, London-based grime music collective, Roll Deep, dupstep DJ Zinc and MC Tippa, electronic music artist, DJ, and owner of the Hyperdub record label, Kode9, garage DJ Roska with rising star of the UK garage scene Jamie George and emerging grime MC P Money.
Tom Findlay, Lovebox founder and one half of Groove Armada “Last year’s three day Lovebox was so damn good people said we couldn’t top it, but with this line up we will! Friday’s Bang the Box delivers bang for your buck – Ed Banger, Skream and The Wombats on a Friday night for only £28. Saturday, Snoop Dogg will turn Victoria Park into an East London block party playing seminal debut album Doggystyle, gin and juice available at the bar. I’ll be there as well with the launch of new GA project ‘Red Light’. Sunday is ‘Out and Out Fierce’ and if you were there last year you’ll know that’s no exaggeration. A full throttle dance off between 2 Many DJs, Scissor Sisters, Blondie, Robyn, and Kelis. Bring your party poppers. Lovebox is London’s only authentic festival. 15-17th July, 3 whole days of summer loving…in Hackney.”
The shaded bass-fest under the trees and the thumping euphoric enclosure from the larger festival is altogether the perfect atmosphere for a soundtrack ranging from carnival to old school. 65,000 beautiful people en-masse will be paying pilgrimage for what is ultimately an adult playground that brings out the inner child in everyone for three days a year. Rock n Roll Chaos, unifying themes, a hedonistic wonderland, and genuinely innovative spirit, Lovebox has something for everyone and is one of summer’s truly essential shindigs.
As Lovebox approaches this weekend, the addition of Jay Electronica makes this even bigger that it was before. Jay wil be joining Dizzee Rascal, Roxy Music and Grace Jones as well as Elle Goulding, Hot Chip, Paloma Faith and alot more.
FRIDAY‘s after party in association with Mega Mega Mega, will see the Count & Sindenjoining the party, whilst Brodinski will be dusting himself off for another round following his appearance at the festival, along with French whizz-kid Surkin and local boy Harry James plus a DJ set from Mystery Jets.
SATURDAY‘s after party, in association with Magic and Medicine, will have a Germanic flavour with the appearance of Seth Troxler and Dixon (Innervisions); while Azari & III who were responsible for one of our favourite house tracks of ’09 (Reckless With Your Love) will repping the other side of the pond. Finally, where would any Lovebox party be without Lovebox soldiersHot Blood and their trusted understudy and Jaded resident Mouj?
SUNDAY sees us switch operations over to Fabric for the Official Lovebox After Party presented by Wet Yourself and Trailer Trash. Making full use of all of Fabric’s 3 rooms and sound systems. An exclusive live performance from GAISER from Richie Hawtin’s m-nus label for an exclusive live performance, alongside DJ sets from the 2 Bears house legend Larry Heard who will be heading over from the park after their earlier Festival sets.