Dizzee Rascal comes home to headline Lovebox 2010

Plus Mystery Jets, Bombay Bicycle Club and Ellie Goulding perform at London festival

Dizzee Rascal returned home to headline London’s Lovebox festival last night (July 16) for a spectacular hit packed performance.

The star, who was flanked by a full live band including backing singers and a brass section, whipped up the crowd for a party pumping set on the Main Stage which leaned heavily towards his 2009 album ‘Tongue ‘N’ Cheek’.

Sporting a red baseball cap and basketball shirt, the rapper kicked off the show with ‘Jus A Rascal’ before he found himself having to break up a scuffle in the crowd after ‘Dirtee Cash’.


“Woah, woah squash that, no fighting yeah,” he declared before moving on.

Shortly after, he reminded the crowd that he was returning to his east London roots tonight. The rapper was originally brought up in Bow nearby.

“Some of you might know I grew up around here,” he said before adding: “I’ve got a lot of friends here today.”

Later, Dizzee got the crowd rocking for his take on Nirvana‘s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ before he rolled through all four of his Number One hits ‘Dirtee Disco’, ‘Dance Wiv Me’, ‘Holiday’and ‘Bonkers’ showering the crowd in a blanket of ticker tape, green lasers and shooting smoke from the Main Stage.

Closing with the latter, which you can watch below, he signed off declaring: “Victoria Park we fucking love you take care of yourselves.”

Dizzee Rascal played:


‘Jus A Rascal’
‘Road Rage’
‘Can’t Tek No More’
‘Dirtee Cash’
‘Chill Wiv Da Man’
‘Fix Up Look Sharp’
‘Pussyole (Old Skool)’
‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’
‘Dirtee Disco’
‘Dance Wiv Me’

The Maccabees meanwhile headlined the Gaymers Stage pulling in their own three-piece brass section for the likes of ‘One Hand Holding’, ‘All In Your Rows’ and ‘Love You Better’.

Earlier Mystery Jets made their Lovebox debut showcasing a number of tracks from their new album ‘Serotonin’ alongside crowd favourites ‘Two Doors Down’ and ‘Flakes’.

“You guys looking forward to The Maccabees later?” asked bassist Kai Fish before he received huge boos when he said the same about Dizzee prompting him to plead: “Come on you indie kids he puts on a good show.”

Fish also found himself leaning over the stage barrier into the crowd as he clapped along to ‘Hand Me Down’.

Bombay Bicycle Club said very little throughout their performance and let the music do the talking as they chose to stick to songs from their 2009 debut ‘I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose’.

Other than performing ‘How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep’ from the Twilight: Eclipse soundtrack, the band shunned any new material but were greeted with huge cheers for singles ‘Evening Morning’ and ‘Always Like This’.

Over on the Main Stage, Ellie Goulding performed a host of hit singles from her recent debut ‘Lights’ alongside her cover of Midlake‘s ‘Roscoe’, including ‘Guns And Horses’, ‘Under The Sheets’ and crowd favourite ‘Starry Eyed’ at the close.

Back on the Gaymers Stage electro-trio Chew Lips warmed up proceedings with a host of tracks from their 2010 debut ‘Unicorn’, as outspoken singer Tigs shouted: “Hello you sexy bitches,” as she arrived onstage. She later took a jovial dig at the festival’s name quipping: “Isn’t Lovebox a sexual term or am I the only person that thinks that?”

Newcomers The Bang Bang Club earlier kicked off proceedings on the same stage performing a clutch of tracks including ‘Chemistry’ and ‘Dance With The Devil’.

Lovebox continues today (July 17) with performances from Roxy Music, Mark Ronson and Wild Beasts.

NME.COM will be reporting live from the festival site all weekend so stay tuned.


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