Crystal Castles make London return at Lovebox Festival

Magnetic Man, The 2 Bears and Hot Chip also make appearances on the first day of the festival

Crystal Castles played their first London show since February 2011 last night, on the first day of Victoria Park’s Lovebox Festival.

The Canadian duo, who are expected to release the follow-up to their 2010 album ‘II’ later this year, slouched on stage dressed in their uniform of all black clothes to play a set consisting of tracks mostly taken from their first two albums.

Kicking off with a new and untitled song which was previously aired at last weekend’s Parklife Festival in Manchester, the band then raced through tracks like ‘Baptism’, ‘Crimewave’ and ‘Black Panther’ without pausing to interact with the crowd.


Closing the set with a rapturously received rendition of ‘Not In Love’, their collaboration with The Cure’s Robert Smith, the band waved a simple goodbye to the crowd before leaving the stage.

Elsewhere at the festival, Magnetic Man packed out the Big Top tent whilst The 2 Bears were forced to halt their set midway through after a stage invasion during ‘Bear Hug’. Later Joe Goddard played a second set of the day, joining his other band Hot Chip for their first festival headline performance.

Lovebox continues today with headliners Friendly Fires, plus sets from Kelis, Little Dragon, Rita Ora, Groove Armada and many more.


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