Lovebox as a festival has been going since 2002 when Groove Armada and Jools were sitting in a pub, lamenting the London party scene. They were playing gigs and clubs everywhere, but thought there might be a way to put on a different kind of show in London, with more exciting line-ups which soon became a reality.
This is the 1st time I had been to a festival like this, forget the foody festivals, design festivals this was a real all or noting kinda festival.
GO BIG OR GO HOME!!
WTF!! At least a 100 deep queue just to get in!! Good job I booked VIP passes. You see this is the year of the 40s and I’m going hard celebrating the year as its my last, I don’t know why, I just want to (mid life crisis call it). Its been a tough few years at home, work and health trying to manage the family dynamic, my mental strength, anxiety and emotions so the last thing I needed was a field of 100,000 people dancing and partying all day.
This is exactly what I NEEDED!! If I had hair then it was fully let down as we snaked down the side of the queue to the VIP section (did I mention we had VIP) the sounds of the different tents was incredible it was a mash up of sounds, smells, backgrounds, a real sensory experience.
We headed to the VIP area to get a drink settle in get our bearings and plan of attack of who we wanted to see and on what stage. I was only their for Wu-Tang nothing else mattered, I’m going where the vibe was. The drinks were flowing cigars smoking and the music BANGING! The Wu were everything I would expect, the energy was live - we weren’t necessarily the old boys of the crowd but old heads mixed with new heads and everyone 3yrs old to 53 years had there W’’s up.
For a few hours my troubles had gone, what pain, what stress, what anxiety. Surely it’s all in my head!! Yes it was, it was in my head, neck, shoulders, back hips and knees. I was seizing up. Thankfully I had seen and experienced the festival down pour “dancing in the rain just not naked (for those of you who don’t know the song)
Take a listen.
The constant reminder that my pains are always with me even if I am distracted. I could have easily done day 2 but that would have been a 2-step too far me. I was crying out for more Lovebox but was desperate for my pillbox. Just not the illegal kind!!