Are you still feeling the post-Glastonbury blues? Well, you're in luck because this weekend Lovebox Festival makes it return to Victoria Park. It's perhaps London's coolest #Music festival, taking place on July 17th & 18th in East London. Here are five things not to miss at Lovebox this year.
Hot Chip homecoming
A homecoming gig of sorts, electro pioneers Hot Chip make another appearance on the Lovebox stage. Since their formation in 2000 by old school friends Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard, the Grammy and Mercury nominated Hot Chip have constantly pushed the boundaries of what pop music can be..
Breakthrough album The Warning, nominated for both The Mercury Prize and a Grammy, presented Hot Chip's easy, accessible eclecticism and established a signature pop aesthetic entailing wild electronics, off kilter beats and uniquely intoxicating musical experimentation.
With the release of their sixth album Why Make Sense? on the horizon, which features the massive single 'Huarache Lights', Hot Chip reputation as the UK's foremost experimental pop mavericks goes from strength to strength.
Rudimental - another local favourite
Another East London homecoming gig to look forward to. The Hackney four-piece's debut has sold over half a million copies to date. From the anthemic strains of 'Feel the Love' to the high-octane energy of 'Waiting All Night', Rudimental dominated airwaves in 2013 and introduced new talents such as Ella Eyre and John Newman to the world.
Reggae royalty - David Rodigan MBE.
Britain's undisputed 'voice of reggae', David Rodigan (MBE!) is credited with introducing reggae music to the UK masses. After an 11 year stint at Capital Radio in the 80s, Rodigan won clashes with a series of top Jamaican sound systems in the West Indies, the USA and England. He then moved to Kiss FM for a weekly reggae show until 2012.
Rodigan's staying power was cemented when he landed a new slot on BBC Radio 1Xtra in 2013 - and even defeated the likes of ASAP Mob alongside Chase and Status and Shy FX in the 2014 Red Bull Culture Clash.
Rodigan is certain to bring along his famous selection of customised dub plates and classic, rare recordings to get the Lovebox crowd dancing. Any self-respecting music lover would be a fool to miss out on a set from David Rodigan - he never fails to put a smile on everyone's face.
Dance music legends
The Corona Sunsets hosts some legendary names from the dance music world; with Jazzie B, Pete Herbert and a disco set from Craig Richards among the highlights..
Greg Wilson's slot on Saturday is one not to miss too. He started DJing in 1975 and is now regarded as one of the most important figures on the UK dance scene. In 1983 he became the first 'dance music' specialist hired for a regular weekly session at Manchester's legendary Hacienda club. And he was instrumental in breaking the new electronic, post-disco records coming out of New York, a sound he has dubbed 'Electro-Funk'.
But his popularity is soaring, with his Radio 1 Essential Mix remembered as one of the very best.
The icon - Snoop Dogg
One of the highlights is Snoop Dogg, among the most inimitable names in hip hop, headlining on Saturday. Having risen to prominence in the 1990s after a breakthrough appearance on Dr Dre's seminal album The Chronic, Snoop was at the forefront of the West Coast rap movement alongside the likes of Tupac and Cypress Hill. His debut album Doggystyle went four times platinum and spawned the classic singles 'What's My Name' and 'Gin and Juice'. #Youth