Lovebox, Victoria Park, 15-16 July 2011

Lovebox is the East End’s premier festival and in its ninth year, it hosted an eclectic mix of dance, hiphop and indie.

On Friday, headliners The Wombats and Metronomy took to the Gaymers stage but Baltimore bass king, Spank Rock, stole the show at the NYC Downlow stage, performing tracks from his forthcoming Boys Noize-produced album with Amanda Blank also showcasing her fantastic vocals. Tracks like Bump And Shake That vibrated off the thin walls and revellers jumped up on stage to join the rapper in shaking their ass.

This set the vibe for the evening and after some electro from Sebastian at the Relentless stage and later old skool drum and bass from Skream at the Rinse Arena, seeing indie band The Wombats was firmly out.

The rain may have shied away from Friday’s shenanigans but it came down heavy on Saturday, with festival-goers taking cover under trees and indulging in fair ground rides to keep dry.

Headliner Snoop Dogg was the highlight of Saturday, playing favourite tracks from his 1993 album Doggystyle.

The rapper brought along an all-star supporting cast including Warren G, Daz Dillinger, Korrupt and Lady of Rage.

Renegade was met with cheering and applause and, definitely a crowd pleaser, Snoop dedicated a song to the ladies in the crowd and sat back while a handful of sexy dancers frolicked around him.

The rapper addressed Hackney on a number of occasions and a moment of silence was taken for his homeboy Nate Dog.

For dance lovers, Seth Troxler dominated the Relentless stage and dancing to Danny Daze Your Everything as the sun went down was a seductive moment. Other highlights were Katy B and De La Soul, who thankfully replaced Jessie J.

It’s a shame it was over so quickly, but Field Day is only around the corner.

By Emma Holtham



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