Lovebox 2018 top picks & playlist

 

Lovebox Festival offers a diverse weekend of music, covering hip hop, house, grime and more – an essential event in London’s summer calendar for festival lovers which continues to flourish.

Sound-tracked by some of the most inspiring and creative artists from across the global music spectrum, Lovebox Festival is the magical weekend taking place at its new home in West London this July. With less than two weeks to go, we’ve selected a handful of hot acts for those ‘you had to be there’ moments.

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Childish Gambino

This. Is. Lovebox 2018. The festival welcomes Childish Gambino to the Main Stage. Childish – AKA Donald Glover – is the definition of multi-talented, juggling the roles of rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, actor, comedian and director with ease.

Skepta

A decade into his MC career, Skepta is bringing his worldview to a global audience in undiluted form. His fourth album Konnichawa is the best-selling grime album of all time and the sum total and evolution of everything so far. Don’t miss his headlining set on the Lovebox Main Stage.

N.E.R.D

In 2017 N.E.R.D released their first album in seven years, NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES. The album includes their hit single “Lemon” featuring Rihanna and songs “1000” featuring Future and “Don’t Don’t Do It!” featuring Kendrick Lamar. If their recent set at Parklife Festival is anything to go by, you don’t want to miss this.

SZA

SZA envelopes your soul at first listen. Coveting a special innocence about her, the Maplewood native laces her music with soul-quenching traces of seductive allure. It’s truly the subtleties that make a difference though; the floral imagery, the small touches on her production, her concise yet intense songwriting. It all molds together to form this beautiful package. Her debut album Ctrl was one of the highlights of 2017. Don’t miss her at Lovebox.

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan will be at Lovebox Festival as a UK exclusive. The rap titans will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of their seminal debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) – widely considered to be one of the greatest albums in hip-hop history. The confirmed members appearing at Lovebox are RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and Cappadonna.

Diplo

Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, is one of the most dynamic forces in music today. He is as much an international brand as he is a musician/DJ/producer. He’s proven himself to be a ubiquitous cultural figure, consistently bridging high and low, mainstream and underground, with remarkable tact and reverence. Diplo remains the go-to producer for the who’s who of the pop music landscape. Don’t miss his explosive return to the Lovebox stage.

Peggy Gou

To say the past few years have been busy for Peggy Gou would perhaps be an understatement in a scene loaded with overstatements. To the growing number of fans discovering her approach, Peggy Gou has nothing to prove, yet everything left to explore. Her destiny lies on your dance-floor. Don’t miss Peggy make her Lovebox debut.

Grace Carter

Grace’s debut EP is due for release in May. Armed with emotionally exposing songs and a once-seen-never-forgotten live presence, 2018 looks set to be Grace’s breakout year. Discover Grace at Lovebox Festival and be prepared to fall in love with her voice.