Review - Lovebox (Sunday) in Victoria Park

Snoop Dogg may have drawn the crowds on the Saturday – but it was Sunday’s loud and proud gay day that really raised the spirit of this year’s Lovebox music festival.

Mud-coated platform heels, sodden dress hems and blurred makeup was the dress code for men and women alike at the final day of the popular East End boutique festival in Victoria Park.

Festival-goers are rarely put off by a bit of drizzle, but dancing in the downpours was well underway by lunchtime. Synthpop music group Monarchy provided a fitting introduction, getting umbrellas bouncing and welly boots stomping in the puddles. Other highlights of the afternoon were Mark Almond’s rendition of tainted love, Beth Ditto’s trademark nudity and horizontal rain.

Music on the main stage peaked early with the arrival of Blondie, interestingly billed third from the top. They are among an increasing number of classic bands returning to the festival scene, with varying success. It can be better to keep the memory intact. But this was certainly not the case here, largely thanks to the band’s sparkling back catalogue and Debbie Harry’s fierce and energetic performance (aged 66). Scissor Sisters, once the camp queens of disco, found it a hard act to follow, with their party anthems sounding slow and rather middle-aged in comparison.

Miniature Swedish pop singer Robyn was barely visible bouncing around as she headlined the second stage, but remixes of her hits made for a very original set. And if you had any more energy left, dance music duo 2ManyDJs on the main stage made sure you did not any more.

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