The Guardian festival blog: Lovebox festival review – Solange intoxicates the smiley revellers | Music

With East London’s Victoria Park now home to All Points East, competitors have been forced to disperse. For Lovebox, that’s meant an unexpected new chapter on the South Ealing/Acton borders. After clearing intense levels of security, a largely Gen Z crowd mainlined Carlsberg and donned festival must-haves including Stormzy-esque utility vests and face jewels. They were a smiley and lightly engaged bunch; the appearance of outlandish, Segway-riding rapper 2 Chainz dressed as a tennis ball raised few eyebrows on Friday.

Similarly, Saturday afternoon saw Four Tet, whose Brixton Academy dates were among the hottest tickets of 2018, draw fewer revellers than you might have expected, while a healthy crowd attended a set by Belgian techno doyenne Charlotte de Witte. Even Friday headliner Solange’s intoxicating set failed to fully enthrall through no fault of her own, with singalongs for hits including Cranes in the Sky and…


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