Sly & The Family Stone have today been confirmed as the opening night headline act for this year’s Lovebox Weekender.
The two-day festival in July in Victoria Park, Hackney, will see the funk and soul innovators headline a Saturday bill that includes Blondie, Super Furry Animals and Giles Peterson.
Sly & The Family Stone, including many of the original members such as Lisa Stone and Cynthia Robinson, have not played in the UK since 1987 so the show promises to be an amazing run through of timeless tracks such as “Everyday People” and “Family Affair.”
Lovebox Sunday on July 22 is headlined by Weekender founders Groove Armada. Sunday also sees original new-wavers and a recently reunited B-52s perform in the UK for the first time in several years too.
The Lovebox Weekender, as well as the mammoth array of music will also feature Green Areas, A kid’s Playbox area, a fun steam railway, beach volleyball and more.
Confirmed artists so far include:
Saturday July 21
Sly & The Family Stone, Blondie, Super Furry Animals, The Presets, Patrick Wolf, Junior Boys, Tiga, Scratch Perverts, Gilles Peterson, Ojos De Brujo, Malcolm Middleton, Switch, Freeform Five, Groove Armada (‘Space Terrace’-style DJ set), Issst, Andy Votel, Pete Fowler, Rub’N’Tug, New Young Pony Club, Fuyija Miyagi, Blood Red Shoes, Who Made Who, Pull Tiger Tail, Friendly Fires, Man Like Me, Stateless, Secret Sundaze, Soul II Soul Soundsystem Live, Funk D’Void, Horse Meat Disco, Joey Negro (exclusive disco set), Maurice Fulton, Ska Cubano, K’Naan, Soothsayers, Vincent Vincent & The Villains, Dark Captain Light Captain, Adem, Rowenta Cash, DJ Russ Jones
Sunday July 22
Groove Armada, The B-52’s, The Rapture, Hot Chip, Nouvelle Vague, Tinariwen, Toots & The Maytals, Felix Da Housecat, Digitalism, Layo & Bushwacka, Mr C, Andy Cato, Paul Arnold (Chew The Fat), Will Saul (Simple), The End, Don Letts, Greg Wilson, Ashley Beedle, DJ Diplo, Bonde Do Role, Buraka Som Sistema, DJ Format (exclusive Latin soul set), Trojan Soundsystem, Daddy G (Massive Attack), Dennis Alcapone, Anthony Johnson, Jerry Dammers, Andy Smith, DJ Derek, Solution Soundsystem, Earl 16, The Love Grocer Horns Section, Good Shoes, Mr Hudson & The Library, The Presets, Tiny Dancers, Palladium, Ra Ra Riot, The Whip, The Wallbirds, The Runners, Goldierocks, Candi Payne, Tunng, Hey Negrita, Dynamo’s Rhythm Aces, Cut A Shine, Last Man Standing, Beardyman, Williams Fairey Brass Band