For the first time this year I attended Lovebox Festival at Gunnersbury Park in London. Childish Gambino was the main act at this festival, and of course the main reason I bought the ticket. I honestly hardly knew about the other acts, but all the performers I saw where amazing!
Even though the event started on Friday 13th, this did not faze me at all. Personally, I have never had a bad experience on this date, and I was too excited to have a negative mindset heading to the festival. Although there was one moment where it chucked it down with rain for about 10 minutes, but I was a little drunk so I for some reason enjoyed it. My makeup might say otherwise. Luckily it was getting dark so I didn’t care too much, although I did get some funny looks on the tube back to the hotel (maybe because my eyelashes was hanging off).
Wondering around the park, it was easy to find music that I was in the mood for at the time. Each tent/stage had a different vibe, all good of course. I have to say this was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and it shall never be forgotten. I already miss attending this amazing event. I will most likely be attending this amazing festival again.
The venue was set up amazingly, with lots of different stages and activities all around the park… and great food. Whatever music you where into there was somewhere for you to go. I got a cool carnival vibe from the whole venue, just like in Grease in the ‘Your the one that I want’ video. One of my favourite parts about the festival was how everyone put so much effort into what they wore and what makeup they had on. Personally I love doing that myself, so to see so many other people going all out with how they looked, made me feel like I fit in. Everyone was super friendly and it was so easy to make new friends.
Some of the crowds would get pretty dense, especially if you where at the main stage. I recommend taking a bottle of water with you into the crowd if your attending a festival, or a large music event. As the blazing sun was beating down onto you, and having all those people around you can get very hot. Honestly you need to stay hydrated – just so you know alcohol doesn’t actually hydrate you! You may feel a little dizzy if you don’t drink enough water.
Unfortunately, we where not allowed to take our big DSLR cameras into the event. But, to be honest, I’m very glad I didn’t. Being in the middle of such a large crowed carrying my camera would have resulted in it getting broken. There where moments where I was nearly pushed over, because the crowed was so packed. I would be careful if you are planning on taking your expensive camera to a festival (unless your VIP). All of my photos and videos that I got at the event I used a disposable camera and a couple of apps on my iPhone to capture these amazing moments.
The disposable camera was a little bit of a disappointment as I only managed to capture a few good pictures, as most of them turned out blurry – and some of them didn’t even print out. I love the photos I did end up getting with it, but for £21 including the camera and getting them developed – four good photos at the end of the day aren’t worth it, in my opinion. My favourite app to use was Huji, which you can get for iPhone and android. It gave that old school camera vibe to my pictures, but still captured pictures really well with amazing quality. If your planning on just taking your phone, I would definitely recommend this app and a portable charger!
There where many moments in the crowd where I was so squished together against other people, it was almost like we where all connected. If one person shoves into someone, the whole crowd is coming down with you. It sounds horrible, but with a couple of drinks down you, this is actually quite entertaining. It’s a miracle no one was hurt! (to my knowledge anyway). I would definitely recommend some good shoes to protect your feet. I wore my Doc Martins and I was absolutely fine.
Saying that, this wasn’t like that for every act. When Childish Gambino was performing, its like the whole crowd just relaxed. Even though everyone was excited. His act gave me and everyone around me the most amazing feeling – and no this was not because I had had alcohol in my system. I wasn’t sure if it was just me getting this vibe, or if the whole crowd could feel it. When I spoke to a friend later that night, they explained the exact same feeling to me. It sounds kind of cringe, but it’s like the music took over everyone and made them feel this ineradicable excitement. If you ever get the chance to go see Gambino live, I really recommend it.
Some of my favourite acts included Childish Gamino (obvs), Skepta, SZA, Annie Mac and Mura Masa. I did witnessed more, but I didn’t really pay attention to who they where. Those acts where the ones that stood out to me the most.
After seeing all these artists perform live, then listening back to their songs on my playlist – really takes me back to being stood in the crowd watching them live . It brings back that same amazing feeling I had when I where there!
Till next year LoveBox.