Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Lovebox weekender 2009

Gary Numan on the main stage

Gary Numan on the main stage

the Groove Armada finale on main stage

Main stage saturday avo

The slide sunday avo. A lot less peeps during the day on sunday

The slide landing strip

Gaymers cider tree house

Noah & the Whale, Gaymers stage on sunday

Ladyhawke, main stage sunday

Ladyhawke, main stage sunday

Gaymers cider tree house

Gaymers stage sunday avo

Frankmusik, Gaymers stage sunday

Florence & the machine, main stage, saturday

Florence & the machine, main stage, saturday

Duran Duran, Main stage, saturday

Mr Le bon, Bond Le Bon, Duran Duran main stage saturday final act

Not sure if this was Bombay Bicycle Club or Datarock?

Crowd scene, saturday

Main stage for Florence & the machine, saturday avo

Bombay Bicycle Club, Gaymers stage, sunday

Well, that time of year again - time for Lovebox. Another goodie, my third in as many years, and this one was as good as they always are. Great line-up of new acts, up and coming acts, and acts of gargantuan nostalgic proportions.

Previous 'mature' line-ups have included Debby Harry & Blondie, B52s (the first ever international gig I went to back in the early 80s), The Human League, The Flaming Lips, Soul 2 Soul, Sly & the Family Stone etc. This years blasts from the past were the pioneer of electronic music Gary Numan and poptastic legend Duran Duran. Absolutely classic.

Weather was a real mixed bag this year, but the great bands, good friends and up for it crowd eclipsed all that. Stand out performance for me was re-living my 80s introduction to electronica at Gary Numan on the main stage, and dancing my tits off to Tom Maddicot's very dirty and bass-heavy dj set in the Relentless zone.

I haven't sorted out through the photos yet, and I know Yorick's got some great photos and vid, especially from the Groove Armada finale, but I'll sort all that out later. Here's some to get you in the mood in the mean time.

Special thanks to Russell Smith, Brixton Dave, Justin Ng, Huckle 26, Justin Brice, Luguber, Carsten Windhorst, idrewuk and Emily from flickr.com for help with this set of pics.

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