July 12th and 13th was the weekend of good music, sun and fun.
Thousands and thousands of festival goers were walking to one of the
London’s biggest festival, Lovebox. Since its creation in 2002,
Lovebox has been a go-to festival for predominantly rap, rock and
electronic music with big artists headlining the festival. This year
was no exception.
With a line-up such as Solange, Chance
The Rapper, Four Tet, Kaytranada, Giggs, Action Bronson, Cypress
Hill, Solomun, Foundation FM and so on, Lovebox had a recipe for
success. The lovely Gunnersbury Park in West London was where the
sun, fun and music were set.
It was hard to
resist dancing to Kaytranada’s Be Your Girl, If or Lite Spots tracks
in the Noisey stage. Four Tet surprisingly didn’t play any of his
tracks and chose to mix disco and electronic music on the ID stage.
After hours of dancing we could finally rest and regain strength on
the grass, eating and drinking delicious food from the various food
trucks on site. We could also rest, show ourselves some self-care and
learn self-defence at Pxssy Palace’s Sanctuary, which was here for
mainly Queer, Trans, Non-Binary and Womxn of colour.
But the two big acts
that everyone was waiting for this edition were Solange and Chance
Chance The Rapper,
headlining on Saturday in the ID stage, was also longed by the
audience. His presence and music was making everyone dance and
cheered, especially when he announced that he was releasing his new
album this summer. It was impossible not to dance to those rap music
tracks taken mainly from his album Acid Rap.
Solange, headlining on Friday in the ID stage, clearly had a Way To The Show, demonstrating her amazing talent and voice with wonderful musicians and dancers. The whole audience was singing her songs and it was refreshing to have a black woman headlining the festival and denouncing racism, greed and sexism by emphasising black culture and our need and right to have A Seat At The Table in her various songs such as Don’t Touch My Hair, Cranes in The Sky, Way To The Show or Dreams.