hmv.com presents… 10 acts to see at Lovebox Festival
Now recognised as one of the UK’s finest festivals, the eclectic melting pot of dance, electronica, indie and hip-hop that is Lovebox takes place this weekend. hmv.com will be down there across the weekend, but, to get you in the mood, we present a preview of the 10 finest acts playing the festival. Do not miss this bunch…
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If you see only one artist across the whole weekend, make sure it’s BANKS. The singer, perennially clad in black, has so far produced a series of stunning singles, each better than the last. Powered by jarring beats, icy cool electronics and BANKS’ remarkable voice, which is both striking and tender, tracks like ‘Brain’, ‘Drowning’ and ‘Waiting Game’ are among the best released this year. She’ll be previewing her debut album Goddess, which is out in September, do not miss her.
Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam returned to form with last year’s Matangi and is always a gripping watch live. She’ll be bringing her usual spectacular production and all her hits, like ‘Paper Planes’, ‘XXXO’ and ‘Bad Girls’. She can be brilliant, she can be standoffish, she’s always captivating.
They’ve been relatively quiet this summer, but the million-selling duo will be pulling out all the stops in their Lovebox headline show. ‘Blind Faith’, ‘Machine Gun’, ‘End Credits’, they’ve just got so many hits and so many big beats. Hackney will be shaken to its foundations when they hit the stage.
Any Nas show is worth seeing, but this one more than most, he’s doing his ground-breaking 1994 debut record Illmatic from beginning to end. ‘N.Y State Of Mind’, ‘The World Is Yours’ and ‘One Love’ are all guaranteed to come rocketing out of the mic, it’s going to be brilliant.
The singer cemented her reputation as one of the most fun and most accomplished singers in the UK with her second album Little Red and always scores a fantastic reaction at festivals. This will be a set full of bangers, with a few top notch ballads.
Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike’s days as a songwriting/production gun for hire for the likes of Little Mix and The Saturdays seems to be over as he’s now front and centre as MNEK. If his recent single ‘Every Little Word’ and his turn on Gorgon City’s ‘Ready For Your Love’ are anything to go by, this will be quite something.
A disciple of Chase & Status and a resident on their MTA record label, Kove’s euphoric beats and slick drum & bass are already filling dancefloors across the UK. Soon they’ll be filling fields too.
More wistful and sedate then most of the bill, these Parisian electro-pop types released an acclaimed debut album earlier this year and will sound wonderful with the sun high in the sky (let’s hope that’s where it is…).
Yoann Lemoine was best known for directing videos for the likes of Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey and Taylor Swift until he released his debut album The Golden Age last year. Now, his skitter beats, haunting vocals and epic samples have made him renowned in a whole new way. His live shows are always incredible too.
The acclaimed rapper’s 2013 debut Long Live A$AP turned out to be every bit as good as the hype around suggested it would be and his live shows continue to get better and better. Expect this to be a complete riot.