This weekend we had the pleasure of traveling down to sunny London for Lovebox Festival 2018. For two days, Gunnersbury Park became a mosaic of colour, cocktails, new music and festival fashion. This year’s headliner was Childish Gambino; what more could you wish for than singing your heart out to “Redbone” under the setting sun?
Lovebox was without a doubt a sweaty scorcher this year, but, that didn’t stop over 20,000 people coming together to watch their favourite acts. The layout offers variety, with lots of stages, but is compact enough to avoid the sprawling distances of bigger festivals so you never miss a performance. Plus, the tents and outdoor stages are decorated in that dreamy festival fantasy way that turns the park into one giant playground.
Closing the festival on the sell-out Saturday was Donald Glover, stage name Childish Gambino, with a huge crowd of fans singing along to every word of his best-known songs. Glover hasn’t performed in UK since back in 2015, since he’s been focusing on his TV and film career. But, with the released of his highly talked about hit “This is America”, earlier this year, he’s pushed his music straight back into the spotlight. It was a pretty special moment seeing Gambino sing “Sober” and “Redbone” under the sunset, not only because he’s not been in London for so long, but also because he very well may not return soon. After this solo album, Donald Glover has declared he’ll be ditching Childish Gambino to focus again on acting. It’s no surprise then that Saturday was a sell-out and everyone in the crowd were passionate fans for those iconic songs, incredible dance moves and irresistible style.
Glover wasn’t the only Donald vising London this week. In the background of Lovebox, Donald Trump was making his much-contested trip over from America. Glover uses his platform to contest America’s social and political situation, particularly with his latest single, one of the most politically-charged songs and videos we’ve ever seen. Anti-Trump protesters descended on the streets of London, and one in particular has caught the media’s eye by dragging a ginormous baby Trump balloon across the city. “You know, I lived in London for a whole year,” Glover said. “And I was very proud to see that big balloon. He wasn’t the only performer to comment on the political climate.
Pharrell Williams performed with hip hop band N.E.R.D and his presence had crowds going crazy on Saturday afternoon. They performed their biggest tracks like “She Wants To Move,” “Lapdance” and “Lemon”, and like Glover everyone was singing along in full. In between songs, Pharrell took the chance to bring the crowd together and throw in a few hits at Trump too. “I understand you had an unwanted visitor this week,” he said, straight to the point. “We stand for resistance. They came to your country because they wanted to divide you but we don’t believe in that. We believe in inclusivity.” Later in the set, Pharrell worked to create a huge mosh pit shouting “You ready to show me what fucking inclusion looks like?”
It wasn’t all politics and social messages though, the festival was full of carefree acts and crowds. Other amazing performances came from: Bonobo; SZA (although it was cut short much to the crowds dismay); Anderson Paak; Skepta; The Internet; Peggy Gou; Kali Uchis; and a sun-kissed performance of classics by Annie Mac. People from far and wide headed to Lovebox to listen to these stars, it wasn’t just the Londoners or the Brits, we even met a group who’d come from as far as Thailand.
Our favourite fashion and lifestyle blogger Charlotte Fisher also headed to Lovebox this year, and as always was dressed magically…
Like with any festival, the crowds were dressed to impress. Shiny unitards, pink hair, rainbow dresses, leopard print, bucket hats, heart-shaped sunnies, and glitter glitter glitter! Festival eyewear is some of our favourite, with vibrant colours and quirky frame shapes to have you standing out from the crowd. Here’s some top styles seen at Lovebox that you can get your hands on for more festivals this summer…
Heart-shaped sunnies are the ultimate retro glamour piece for a festival. Bright red, fiery, and full of drama, these Saint Laurent beauties were our favourite look from Lovebox 2018.
Round sunnies are an obvious choice for a festival, but that’s because their classic style never gets old. Yellow lenses are big this season, particularly for street style at London Fashion Week Men’s, so your style will be on point with these Polaroid frames.
Gucci style is unbeatable every year. These flat top frames are summery, fresh, and perfectly pink for Lovebox.
Last but not least, these hexagonal frames are quirky and full of character. Purple lenses are gorgeous for any season, but particularly for those summer nights.
Lovebox was outstanding this year, if you had the chance to attend then share your best bits in the comments section below because we’d love to hear more.