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Festival Preview: Citadel 2019

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Aiding the 'Gunnersbury 2026' 15-year masterplan to transform Gunnersbury park into a sustainable place that promotes a lively mix of culture, Citadel is a one-day jam-packed jumble of music, arts, talks, comedy, and more. 

Image courtesy of Citadel Festival

Gunnersbury park contains Georgian mansions that were, during the mid-17th century, a private space confined and passed down to the privileged. However, now, it is a wholly open space for the public and Citadel's diverse range of entertainment.

Bringing the promise of a tomorrow to Lovebox festival, taking place and ending in the same location the day before, Citadel is a coma of the same vibes within a more chilled-out environment; the park switches overnight from electric to acoustic. Friendly Fires are the leftover embers of Lovebox, helping out with a fun-filled Sunday schedule.

Friendly Fires are predominantly rock-orientated not unlike their line-up mates Catfish and the Bottlemen who will also be performing. Other rock bands performing will be Honeyblood, a Scottish duo with grungy emphasis on female empowerment, and the softer, homely sounds of The Coronas.

Citadel will be hosting the folk artists Bear's Den and Matthew and the Atlas with dense, cloudy harmonies and lyrics often entrenched in natural imagery - a perfect fitting to the surrounding greenscape. Rag'n'Bone Man will also be performing with his full-force baritone burrowing from the earth and bellowing out above the main stage.

Incorporating elements of the bustling city, with the hullabaloo of its experimental and electronic elements, and more country-inspired musings with folk and indie, Citadel is a truly diverse festival with a bit of something for everyone.

Citadel Festival takes place on Sunday 14th July and you can buy your tickets here.




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