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The most hotly anticipated event in the London festival calendar, Lovebox returns to its original weekend this year for three days in July. Celebrating the very best in music, fashion and art, Lovebox has once again delivered one of the most diverse and exciting lineups around this summer, bringing a fantastically unique and eclectic range of the finest international talent to London's doorstep.
Ensconced, once again, in the beautiful surrounds of Victoria Park in East London, this year Lovebox will show exactly why it is still the city's premier urban, inner-city festival without equal, a true blue, homegrown celebration of all facets of London's brilliantly varied musical landscape in all its glory.
The beautiful backdrop of London's oldest public park serves to create a kaleidoscopic playground of giant art installations, theatrical film sets, acts of absurdity and barely controlled chaos under the trees as we celebrate live, love and everything in between.
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New York producer/MC and lyricist Azealia Banks has been steadily perfecting her craft and making a name for herself. Her very first recording, 'Seventeen', placed her on the radar of many record labels right away. Word about Miss Banks kept spreading online and in the streets until she caught the eye of several record labels and tastemakers. Whether her music hits you with seasoned bars or her angelic voice and hooks, Azealia Banks gives everybody a reason to rewind that track.
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A truly defiant figure in the world of music, Plan B’s diverse creativity is inexhaustible. His raw, incendiary debut album, Who Needs Actions When You Got Words broke new ground for UK hip hop in 2006, a loud, proud, obscenity-riddled scream of anger and pride from the streets of East London. But a part of Ben always stayed faithful to the soul he’d first heard as a child, and his sophomore album The Defamation Of Strickland Banks saw him marry the two together with astounding success, achieving quadruple-platinum status, hitting the #1 album spot and selling over 1.4 million copies in the UK alone, plus seeing him win both a BRIT and three Ivor Novello’s. His 2012 directorial debut (and accompanying album) iLL Manors saw him smashing boundaries with his creative style of overlapping stories and interweaving rap-narrative, boldly addressing socio-political issues with his often brutal cultural commentary, seeing Ben nominated for his fifth BRIT Award, being nominated for his first Mercury Music prize, and once again hitting #1 in the UK album chart.
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Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory formed Goldfrapp in 1999 and released their Mercury Prize nominated debut album ‘Felt Mountain’ in 2000. Since that time, they have released a further five studio albums, most recently 'Silver Eye' in 2017, and scored a string of hits including 'Strict Machine', 'Ooh La La', 'Lovely Head' and 'A&E'. The multi-platinum selling band have been nominated for several Grammy and Brit Awards and won an Ivor Novello for 'Strict Machine'. Goldfrapp have also scored the soundtracks to the films 'My Summer of Love' and 'Nowhere Boy' and wrote the music for the National Theater’s production of ‘Medea’ directed by Carrie Cracknell in 2014.
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Deep keyboard, murky bass lines, pounding exuberant drums and chilling cymbals are the hallmark sounds of this Canadian instrumental hip hop/jazz trio. They play a mix of original material and interpretations of tracks from a diverse range of artists such as Kanye West, James Blake and My Bloody Valentine. The band is made up of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, and Alex Sowinski on drums. "A jazz trio on paper - but often strange, forever imaginative, and ultimately revolutionary hip-hop and electronic beatmakers at heart." (Prefix)
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Flying Lotus is commonly identified as a hip hop producer, but his style is drawn from many genres, including jazz and Brazilian music. His hip-hop beats are unique for their hazy, ambient sound, while his percussion is purposefully slightly off time to create a messier, more organic atmosphere. Because of this, he is often linked with producers Madlib and J Dilla.
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Annie Mac is far more than just a Radio 1 DJ, she's a global ambassador for dance music in all its forms, from deep house and techno to bass music and drum and bass. Besides heading her prime time radio show, she also DJs across the world and champions new music in the form of her annual 'Annie Mac Presents' compilations. She even runs her own festival in Malta, Lost & Found.
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The superstar DJ and producer that everyone wants a piece of! Ronson became a regular at downtown hip-hop spots and made his name as a DJ on the New York club scene in 1993. He was soon one of the most respected DJs and was being called on for celebrities' private parties. Ronson is known for his diverse, genre-spanning selection, influenced by both the hip-hop scene of New York and the more rock influence of the UK, amongst others.
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Welsh born but now a truly global presence, Jamie Jones is the label boss of Hot Creations, the label that created and defined a new flavour of moody yet pop-inflected deep house that has taken the world by storm. He is regularly found topping the annual Resident Advisor top 20 DJs list, and his party brand Paradise is a dominant force not only in Ibiza, but across clubs worldwide.
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With her energy behind the decks and an infectious style of DJing, it's hard to stand still when Heidi is in control. Keep a close eye on this lady, and keep shaking your ass on her dancefloor!
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Belgian wonder kid DJ. Having a Belgian passport doesn't often turn D+B heads, so you can be sure it's his tunes which do the talking! Having secured releases on some of the biggest labels in the scene, gained DJ support from the likes of Friction, Hype, Fabio and London Elektricity, the young Belgian from Edegem near Antwerp earned a nomination as 'Best Upcoming Producer' at the Drum & Bass Arena Awards in 2008 and fulfilled this ambition two years on with is 'Best Newcomer Producer' award in 2010. Leading a wave of new skool D&B talent from Europe with his blend of uplifting, melancholic melodies and heavy dancefloor bass and beats, Netsky's popularity as both a DJ and producer is second to none.
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Starting as a trumpet player and studying music theory, Kalkbrenner later switched to focus on electronic music which would lead him down the path to become one of the world's most well known DJs.
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It is not very often you come across an act that is so unique sounding yet, at the same time, instantly recognisable. An act that can traverse genres with such skill and dexterity like they have been doing it for years; fusing the current desire for wild electronic productions and a pop sensibility that everyone enjoys.
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A Love from Outer Space
Brainchild of Andrew Weatherall along with his longtime collaborator and friend Sean Johnston, A Love from Outer Space was something very special indeed. Originally run as a bi-monthly club night at a tiny, very sweaty room in North London, the night was designed to buck the trend and set out a different musical philosophy than could be found in most clubs across the country.
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Ghostpoet (aka Obaro Ejimiwe) is a softly-spoken vocalist with a gentle presence, muddling through the treacle of modern life. He has received widespread recognition from critics and playlists alike and his catalogue of work includes two Mercury nominated albums.
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A rising star poised to join the ranks of household female pop names like Ellie Goulding with her sassy beat-driven songs. 'Embraced by the indie world and glossy enough for Radio 1, Howl is the most exciting UK pop prospect since Lily Allen skipped through LDN in a pair of Nike Airs and a prom dress' The Guardian
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Dan Beaumont is one of the founding members of the Disco Bloodbath collective. He has remixed the likes of Franz Ferdinand, The Aliens, Little Boots and Monarchy and is known for spinning a heady mix of vintage house, Italo rareties, vocal disco and the best new music he can find.
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