Festival review - Lovebox 2015
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I arrived at midday in to the sun-drenched dustbowl of Victoria Park, the thousands of feet having turned Lovebox into a sand pit. The main stage warm-up was provided reggae singer Frederico Marin a.k.a Kiko Bun. This charismatic singer, songwriter and producer was joined by his wonderfully energetic band and managed to get people on their feet dancing during the hottest hour of the day. Kiko is signed to Black Butter Publishing and is fresh from supporting The Wailers on their UK tour. I would have liked to see them with a bigger crowd but they handled the graveyard shift of an early festival slot with pure reggae joy. Heading over to buy a Corona, I stumbled upon possibly the best DJs of the festival – Horse Meat Disco, smashing their two-hour daytime slot at the beautifully designed Corona Sunsets stage. They delivered hit after hit of great disco, delightfully lacking violent remixes/mashups that totally murder the original. After witnessing proof that disco is most certainly not dead, it was time for something of a very different tempo. German composer Nils Frahm had the Big Top tent hypnotized with his smooth, luxurious electronic sounds. Overcoming technical difficulties that hindered the beginning of his set, he was soon on a roll. Frahm is known for his unconventional approach to the piano – he mixes multiple pianos with a drum machine and synthesizer. His energy and concentration were quite incredible to behold, and it’s refreshing to see an artist with classical qualities on the festival circuit.
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