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Lovebox festival quits Victoria Park for south London after ‘13 electric years’

PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:04 21 December 2017

Last time you'll see this at Vicky Park... 2016 Lovebox rock fest. Picture: Jenna Foxton

Last time you'll see this at Vicky Park... 2016 Lovebox rock fest. Picture: Jenna Foxton

Jenna Foxton

The Lovebox summer rock music festival that ended its contract for east London’s Victoria Park is “crossing the river” to stage next year’s music extravaganza in Brixton.

Lovebox rock festival quitting Victoria Park after 13 years. Picture: Danny NorthLovebox rock festival quitting Victoria Park after 13 years. Picture: Danny North

Lovebox which attracted 100,000 revellers makes the move to Brockwell Park next summer after “13 electric years” in east London.

The very first Lovebox was held at Clapham Common in 2002 before it came to Vicky Park.

“Nothing stays the same forever,” Lovebox founder Jools Butterfield said today.

“It’s time to open a new chapter after 13 happy years in east London as we go back to our south London roots.”

Lovebox came to Vicky Park in 2003, now moving south of the river to Brockwell Park for 2018 rock festival. Picture: Giles SmithLovebox came to Vicky Park in 2003, now moving south of the river to Brockwell Park for 2018 rock festival. Picture: Giles Smith

Citadel festival which has been staged at Victoria Park for three years also makes the move south of the river.

A three-year contract with option to extend by another year was signed by former mayor Lutfur Rahman securing the annual summer rock festival at Victoria Park until 2017.

Lovebox is being replaced next summer by All Points East which won the contract promising involvement with the East End’s community.

All Points East promoters Goldenvoice have been given the run of the park each June for the next five years after its pitch went down well with Tower Hamlets Council last month, in a deal revealed exclusively by the Advertiser on October 26 when the town hall unveiled its bid to be ‘London borough of culture’.

Lovebox loses contract for east London's Victoria Park that was to run to 2018, moving to south London instead. Picture: Danny NorthLovebox loses contract for east London's Victoria Park that was to run to 2018, moving to south London instead. Picture: Danny North

They’ve promised free use of the stage, as well as the big screens and other festival facilities for five ‘community days’ from May 28 between its two commercial weekends.


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