Flaming Lips close Lovebox Festival in London

Victoria Park weekender finishes on a high with Goldfrapp and Dandy Warhols

The Flaming Lips closed the Lovebox Festival in London’s Victoria Park last night (July 20) with a main stage performance which included dancers dressed as superheroes and frontman Wayne Coyne roaming around in a giant hamster ball.

The band performed a 90-minute set including crowd favourites ‘The W.A.N.D.’ and ‘The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song’ while streamers, confetti and balloons were fired into the crowd.

Coyne dedicated ‘Vein Of Stars’ to Goldfrapp, who had performed ahead of the band on the same stage.

He then thanked the audience, saying, “Whatever we’ve become, we owe it to you guys.”

The band finished their 11-song set with the crowd singing along to hit ‘Do You Realize?’

The Flaming Lips played:

‘Race For The Prize’

‘Free Radicals’

‘Man From Pakistan’

‘Fight Test’


‘Vein Of Stars’

‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’

‘The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song’

‘The W.A.N.D.’

‘She Don’t Use Jelly’

‘Do You Realize?’

Earlier, Sebastien Tellier had kicked off the day’s musical action on the main stage, chain smoking his way through an eight song set including his Eurovision entry ‘Divine’.

Tellier took to the stage in pink jeans and sunglasses and performed while spread across his piano.

It was also a successful day for new bands. The RGBs pulled in a big crowd when they played in The Great Escape Arena, dressed in leotards and sequin covered dresses.

Over on The Clash Stage, Dead Kids‘ performance, which saw their frontman carry fans, kiss girls and even jump on the back of a security guard, ended with a stage invasion.

Meanwhile both Jack Penate and Howling Bells previewed new material during their festival sets.

Howling Bells performed new song ‘Into The Chaos’ in The Great Escape Arena as two Elvis Presley impersonators danced by the stage.

On the main stage Jack Penate played ‘Give Yourself Away’ and even began performing a Roni Size cover, saying that the drum and bass outfit, who had just performed, were “kind of a hard act to follow”.

Goldfrapp followed Penate with a performance that included dancers dressed as pixies and yetis, while in The Great Escape Arena The Dandy Warhols proved a considerable draw, with some fans forced to watch almost out of earshot at the back of a very large crowd.