Celebrating its 10th birthday, Lovebox's urban, no-camping vibe still feels a bit like cheating. Instead of crashing out in your tent at 3am to the sound of a burger van playing drum'n'bass you're en route to the tube at 11.
The uniformly young crowd makes up for this by getting profoundly hammered to the dance-heavy line-up. At the NYC Downlow, which resembles a war torn version of 70s New York, it always feels like midnight and at any given moment somebody somewhere is playing party-hearty dubstep.
Highlights come from the indie-dance nexus, with Crystal Castle's delinquent rave-punk and a never-better Hot Chip (above) (who cover Fleetwood Mac's Balearic AOR classic Everywhere) closing Friday on an exhilarating high.
Friendly Fires punch above their weight on a rainy Saturday night while Emeli Sandé and Stooshe make the most of the afternoon sun. Out in the park, the mood of cheerful excess never dips.
Dorian Lynskey @Dorianlynskey
Q's act of the weekend: Kelis
Now this is how you do a festival show. Backed by a female DJ and drummer, Kelis tears through new versions of her hits (a drum'n'bass Get Along With You, a dubstep 4th of July) while dropping in cover versions (I Feel Love) and Girl Talk-style chunks of other people's anthems. At one point she sits behind a drum kit, singing Milkshake over a mash-up of Holiday and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, before crashing into Smells Like Teen Spirit. A non-stop sugar rush of a set.
A longer review of the 2012 Lovebox festival will appear in an issue of Q later this summer. In the meantime, for more head to Lovebox.net.
11:37 AM | 19/06/2012
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