Rudimental and Snoop Dogg are set to headline this summer’s Lovebox festival in London.
The event will take place from July 17-18 in Victoria Park and also see sets from Hot Chip, Cypress Hill, Jessie Ware, Mark Ronson, Annie Mac, Bonobo (AV SHOW), MK, Little Dragon, Kaytranada, Flume, David Rodigan MBE, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Squarepusher, Flight Facilities, Nils Frahm (live), Ella Eyre and Groove Armada (DJ set). 2manydjs & James Murphy’s Despacio soundsystem will also be making an appearance.
Last year’s event saw MIA‘s climatic stage invasion cut short, with the artist expressing frustration throughout the gig. Prior to ‘Double Bubble Trouble’, the singer invited the front rows of the crowd to join her on the stage. Moments after reprimanding a couple of fans for getting in her way whilst trying to perform, the sound across the field cut out, and the video screens went black. As the crowd started booing, the song was cut short, MIA disappeared and the stage invaders were hurriedly ushered away.
However, after a brief pause, MIA returned for a rapturously received encore of ‘Paper Planes’ and ‘Bad Boys.’ Despite the crowd’s enthusiastic response, as she left the stage she threw her mic over the back of her head aggressively as her general frustration with the show’s hiccups bubbled over.
Throughout the performance, the singer complained that should couldn’t hear her own beats, and repeatedly gestured to and approached the side of stage asking for the technical problems to be rectified.
Prior to her show, Nas performed his legendary 1994 album ‘Illmatic’ in full, to a huge crowd who appeared to know every word. After rapping a faithful run through of the album with the Michael Jackson sampling ‘It Ain’t Hard To Tell,’ he dug into his back catalogue for a handful of other classic cuts, including ‘Made You Look’ and ‘Hate Me Now.’