Photos by Nick Ensing /
Lovebox Weekender - Sunday photo gallery
Line-up /A.Human, Alphabeat, Buraka Som Sistema, Cibelle, Craig Richards, Damien Lazarus, Daniele Baldelli, Disculpos Do Otilia, DJ Mehdi, Easy Star All Stars, Ebony Bones, Esser, Fat 45's, Flaming Lips, Geddes, Goldfrapp, Hayseed Dixie, Hervé, Horse Meat Disco, Howling Bells, Jack Penate, James Hillard, Jim Stanton, Klaus Buys The Record, Liam Finn, Lightspeed Champion, Maurice Fulton, Mulletover, Operator Please, Pnau, Rachel Unthank and The Winterset, Rob Star, Roni Size Reprazent, Sebastien Tellier, Severino, Stanton Warriors, Suen Kuti & Egypt 80, The Dandy Warhols, The Go! Team, The Peth, The RGB's, Think Of One, Trojan Records Soundsystem, White Lies, Wiley
Lovebox began in May 2002 as Groove Armada's London Club residency, allowing Tom and Andy to host their own more underground and street level parties featuring strong and innovative musical line-ups presented with high production standards.
Since then Lovebox has never stood still having hosted sell-out nights at The End, 93 Feet East, Turnmills, Neighbourhood, Canvas, The Key and The Ministry of Sound in London and up and down the UK and Ireland from Brighton to Dublin to Belfast and Edinburgh and of course the now legendary annual Thames summer boat party.
2003 saw the first "Lovebox on a Summers Day" staged on Clapham Common - a one day outdoor festival with main live stage and 3 dance tents plus bars and food concessions All 10,000 tickets were sold within 2 days.
In 2004, bolstered by the previous year's success, the festival was repeated on Clapham common with an enlarged capacity. All 20,000 tickets sold within 3 days.
Also in 2004 Lovebox staged an outdoor event for 10,000 on Newcastle racecourse, followed by an after party in Newcastles biggest nightclub.
2005 seeking a bigger, better site within London to realise the vision of a greener, leafier setting and to escape the over zealous noise restrictions and limited facilities offered by Clapham, Lovebox managed to secure the vastly superior site on Victoria Park in 2005 to stage a revitalised two day festival re-branded as the "Lovebox Weekender" - selling 35,000 tickets.
In 2005 both days were headlined by Groove Armada on the main stage (sharing top billing with Mylo on the Saturday), and a wide variety of changing talent in a further four dance tents - this time colourful big top tents. Additionally there were two cabaret arenas including a spectacular early 1900s 'Spiegel Tent', a large variety of food and drink concessions and a fun fair. An enormous attention to detail melded the rural beauty of a Glastonbury style event with the food and drink, facilities and convenience a London setting could offer.
IIn 2006 and 2007 the site grew bigger to accommodate an even wider range of musical talent and alternative entertainment and continued to become more colorful with tents of all shapes and sizes.
Five years on and Lovebox has seen more than 200,000 people enthusiastically dance and smile in parks, clubs aboard boats on the Thames. 2008 is already looking set to take the party to greater heights...
2008 looks set to be the biggest & most diverse yet...
The renowned compilation series LateNightTales takes over the backstage area of the Lovebox Weekender. Having regularly hosted lovely Sunday Sessions at the Lock Tavern in Camden, the weekend promises more of the same with great acts, a party atmopshere and some very special VIP treatment.
They invite compilers past and present to play records alongside special guests who will be dropping by all weekend to play records you love.
That's not all, your backstage ticket includes:
Roof terrace in the country club themed area.
Private booths & full table service
Hammock village & chill out lounges
Beautiful gardens with art installations
Two private bars & specialist food offerings
Hot tub & masseuses!