For this year's Lovebox Festival, we sent Jesse Bernard and Micaela Mclucas to cover the first day of the event (the Friday). However, Micaela makes friends with pretty much everyone she meets, and managed to sneak in for day two (plus the after party), which is great news because there was still a lot of fun to be had.

Regardless of the fractured nature of this review, between the two of them they've managed to capture the "vibe" of the festival in all its strange, colourful glory. We hope it brings back some happy memories.

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As predicted in our preview of Lovebox, tank tops, bindis, balloons and flower headbands were out in full force ay Lovebox festival. The two-day festival saw thousands descend on a dust-filled Victoria Park but that didn't stop it from being a great turnout for both revellers and acts alike.


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As far as the main stage went, many considered it rather underwhelming. Coupled with poor sound, the BBC 1xtra tent ended up being the place to be. However, Rudimental didn't let that faze them at all as they lit up the stage as the day's headline and closing act.

A clash between Little Simz and Skepta meant that fans were torn between two of the UK's biggest grime and hip-hop artists at the moment. Flitting between both the main stage where Skepta was performing and the 1xtra stage for Little Simz, both artists were in their element. Skepta's main stage performance proves just how far the grime artist has come ober the past year. Little Simz engaged with her audience and ensured they vibe with her to the very end of her set. Novelist and Shy FX delivered the most euphoric sets in the 1xtra tent and many would consider them the highlights of their day.


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In fine fashion, Action Bronson threw a fan off the stage as well as providing an energetic performance of old hits and material from his debut album Mr. Wonderful. KAYTRANADA took over The Big Top tent where he treated fans to his signature sounds including his remix of Janet Jackson's 'If' and the recently released 'Girl', taken from The Internet's latest album Ego Death. Gilles Peterson performed one of the best sets of the evening at the Corona Sunsets stage, a fitting name and venue, as he closed out the evening.


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As nostalgic as it was, Cypress Hill taking to the main stage was probably one of the festival's biggest miss hits. Most of the crowd perhaps will not have been able to recall any of their songs apart from 'Insane in the Brain'. Organisers may have been best served booking another act that would have been able to appeal to the large crowds, whilst moving the veteran rap legends to a smaller stage where their hard-core fans base would be able to appreciate them.


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Overall, Lovebox offers something for everybody. They have the acts that appeal to the wider mainstream as well as the acts that are on the come up. The word is that Friday's line-up was far better to Saturday's and if so, Lovebox will need to ensure they bill a line-up on smaller stages that is balanced throughout the duration of the festival.


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