Snoop Dogg closed this year’s Lovebox Festival in celebratory style with the rapper performing a career-spanning set in London’s Victoria Park.
Arriving on stage in an England football shirt, Snoop ran through an array of his best known material, though sound issues made hearing much of it difficult out in the crowd.
Unafraid to mix up his own material with that which he has appeared on as a guest, the hit laden set featured early singles ‘Who Am I? What’s My Name’ and ‘Gin & Juice’ alongside 50 Cent collaboration ‘PIMP’ and Dr Dre’s ‘The Next Episode’. Snoop also showcased his versatility with Katy Perry collaboration ‘California Gurls’ and ‘Sweat’, the rapper’s foray into EDM with David Guetta, getting an airing.
Bits of House of Pain’s ‘Jump Around’ and ‘I Love Rock and Roll’ by Joan Jett were played to hype the crowd up but neither received as big a cheer as the Pharrell Williams produced ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’ or set ending singalong of ‘Young Wild and Free’.
Earlier in the day there were performances from acts including Jessie Ware and an Annie Mac DJ set on the main stage which ended with the audience singing happy birthday to the Radio 1 DJ. She turned 37 yesterday.
Danny Brown was in less of a party mood. After his mid-afternoon set he tweeted “Fuck Lovebox” and branded the event “the worst, most unprofessional festival I ever played on my life!” It appears he was left upset after claiming to see a girl have a backstage wristband stolen from her by a fellow festival-goer.
One of the best received sets of the day came from Hot Chip. The band headlined Lovebox in 2012 but returned to play before Snoop Dogg on main stage. Dressed in a pink Peanuts jumper with matching pink shorts, frontman Alexis Taylor led the band through a set that incorporated material from new album ‘Why Make Sense?’ (‘Huarache Lights’, ‘Need You Now’) and older favourites including ‘Over and Over’ and ‘Ready For The Floor’.
The set ended, as is now custom, with a cover of Bruce Springsteen hit ‘Dancing In The Dark’. The band’s children, dubbed ‘micro chips” by synth player Joe Goddard, joined them on stage to dance as the song reached its climax and morphed into a cover of LCD Soundsystem’s ‘All My Friends’. James Murphy of that band was DJing across the field as part of an epic 8 hour Despacio set.