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CULTURE CALENDER: MAY 2012


LOVEBOX: A DECADE OF LOVE


LOVEBOX IS GEARING UP TO CELEBRATE ITS TENTH ANNIVERSARY, WITH ANOTHER ‘OUT AND OUT FIERCE’ FESTIVAL PLANNED FOR VICTORIA PARK... AND PLENTY TO KEEP ALL DANCE FANS HAPPY!


London’s most gay-friendly music festival, the fabulous Lovebox is all set to return to Victoria Park in Hackney this summer with a dance- friendly spectacular. This year, the festival will be pulling out all the stops to celebrate its 10th anniversary across the weekend 15-17 June. As in previous years, the final day (17 June), has been designated as the ‘Out & Out Fierce’ day, when organisers recruit some of gay London’s hippest club promoters and DJs to sprinkle some of their magic over the proceedings. There will also be plenty of gay-friendly acts and cutting- edge artists on stage. The line-up this year is another eclectic, irresistible selection. Headlining the main stage on the Sunday will be the legendary Grace Jones, who made such an impression when she last appeared at the event in 2010 – bringing that year’s festival to a close in front of 20,000 awe-struck attendees. Also hitting the main stage will be Holly Johnson, making a rare UK live appearance to perform past hits from his solo catalogue and perhaps one or two Frankie Goes To Hollywood classics. New talent will come in the form of Lana Del Rey – possibly the biggest discovery of 2011, who has hit the top ten around the world with her Born To Die album and single ‘Video Games’.


Lana Del Rey


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Further headliners include Mika, who has scored massive hits with tracks such as ‘Grace Kelly’ and ‘Relax (Take It Easy)’. He will appear on the Lovebox Sunday ‘This Is Circus’ stage hosted by Jodie Harsh, and themed around her Circus club night. “I’ve spent many amazing, lost nights at Circus and I couldn’t think of a better way of taking part in Jodie’s night than doing this performance,” says Mika of his upcoming show. Also joining the Sunday spectacular is legendary American DJ/Producer Felix Da Housecat. Other performers include our recent cover stars, Azari & III, the legendary Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Niki &


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Grace Jones


The Dove, Patrick Wolf, The Rapture, Tyson and Jonny Woo. Horse Meat Disco’s NYC Downlow will also be back, with a special guest DJ appearance from Andrew Weatherall, alongside Jim Stanton and James Hillard. Making their highly anticipated return to these shores, LCD Soundsystem’s James


Murphy & Pat Mahoney (DFA) hit Lovebox on Sunday under


their Special Disco Version moniker. Also having a presence in the park will be the teams from Gutterslut, Dalston Superstore and Trailer Trash. If you just wish to attend on the Sunday (17 June), tickets cost £49.50. Buy now via Ticketmaster, HMV Tickets


hotline, or in person from branches of HMV in London. A joint tickets for Saturday and Sunday costs £87.50, while a ticket for all three days cost £99. Acts appearing on the other days include Hot Chip, Crystal Castles and Magnetic Man (Friday 15 June) and Friendly Fires, Emeli Sandé, Kelis and Bobby Womack (Saturday 16 June). The Lovebox team are particularly pleased to be offering such a diverse range of attractions for dance fans on this, the festival’s tenth anniversary weekend. Besides those mentioned, other acts appearing across the weekend include Norman Jay, Booka Shade, Sub Focus, Rusko, Maceo Plex, Madeon, Damian Lazarus, Skream, Tiga and DJ Hell, Netsky and the 2 Bears.


For full details, keep checking www.lovebox.net


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