The Guardian festival blog: Lovebox review – Childish Gambino leads diverse corrective to Trump visit | Music

The Trump visit – and subsequent protests – coinciding with Lovebox affected the festival in more ways than one. Besides SZA’s highly anticipated set being cut after just four songs, reportedly due to a late arrival because of the protests, the political events also inspired an air of resistance. From those donning anti-Trump protest gear to a rhetoric of encouragement among performers, including Childish Gambino who was “proud to see that big balloon”, a resounding optimism permeates Gunnersbury Park. The diversity of talented voices across the weekend, particularly given the festival’s notable US weighting, served as perfect opposition to political uncertainty arising here in the UK and across the Atlantic.

Anderson .Paak and SZA backstage.

Anderson .Paak and SZA backstage. Photograph: Scott Garfitt/Rex/Shutterstock

Previously a dance-oriented festival, Lovebox has begun to reposition itself, both physically in its move to west London, and…


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