The stars all shined at Lovebox 2018, but who shined the brightest?
Words by Jason Sewald
Photos by Chloe Newman
Lovebox weekend has just ended and with that, it ended one of my favourite experiences of all time. Lovebox, for those who don’t know, is a huge two-day music festival where artist from all corners of the world come to London, to show the attendants what they’ve got. I for one, have been lucky to be there for one of the days.
Starting off with the general atmosphere, I got to say it was brilliant. Whether it was the beautiful summers day or the fact I was going to see my favourite artists, the general vibe and atmosphere of the day was through the roof. Everyone who went there enjoyed themselves without a care in the world. I got to see a host of artists on the Lovebox main stage…but which was the best?
5. Kali Uchis
Kali Uchis is one of my favourite emerging artists and by the looks of it, she’s enjoying a fantastic 2018 with her debut album being very well received by music fans and critics alike. I’ve followed her since I first heard her on Tyler, The Creator’s ‘Cherry Bomb’ and instantly fell in love with her vocals. However, despite all the praise I give her I quite frankly did not enjoy her performance as much as I anticipated. During her performance, I sometimes found her to be a little weak on her vocals and the band would overpower her singing especially on “Nuestro Planeta”. That was the only negative I have although it’s a major one. Kali decided to bring out Steve Lacy from The Internet and Jorja Smith for each of their respective songs they collaborated on (Just a Stranger and Tyrant) and I will say that on stage she had great chemistry with the both of them and you could hear the energy in her voice when performing with them but again despite all that out of all the performers I have seen she was the weakest.
4. LD (67)
As some who is not at all a fan of Drill music, it was a huge surprise for me to enjoy his performance as much as I did. Despite all that, he managed to get me and the crowd hyped as hell. Even though I can’t pinpoint exactly what made him that enjoyable I think that speaks for itself. If you just enjoy something without being able to put it into words then he truly must be doing something right.
3. The Internet
Another act I was extremely looking forward to and I gotta say they delivered a strong performance. Much of The Internet’s discography could be described as “vibes” and “laid back music” but they brought a lot of energy and the band’s lead singer Syd is a better singer than I gave her credit for. Of course, performing tracks from the Grammy-nominated Ego Death, but the fans got more than what they wished for because upcoming star Steve Lacy sang solo songs from his Steve Lacy EP, such as “Dark Red” and the band premiered some new material too.
What more can be said about the members of N.E.R.D that hasn’t been said before? At the age of 45, Pharrell still has the same energy he did as if it was 15 years ago. He really is a true icon to the music industry and I cannot imagine music without himself and N.E.R.D as a whole. Playing their biggest songs such as the classic “She Wants To Move” and Rihanna assisted “Lemon” they had the crowd jumping, moshing and dancing and because of that, it lands at number 2 for me.
1. Childish Gambino
To be completely honest, out of the people I saw today no one really would’ve taken the top spot for me even if they put in the performance of their lives. Donald Glover aka Young Lando from Star Wars aka Earn from Atlanta aka Childish Gambino blew them all out of the water. His performance was definitely a euphoric experience because I have never been to a concert and knew every word to every song (but I guess that what it means to see your all-time favourite artist). He started his set off with Me and Your Mama; the perfect song to come out to because of the dreamy instrumentals, then the sudden transition to Blues Rock is something to truly hype for any Gambino fan that was in the crowd. Playing songs mostly from his latest album “Awaken My Love!” he also played throwbacks such as Worldstar, Sweatpants and 3005 from his 2013 album “Because The Internet” as well as “Feels Like Summer” and “Summertime Magic” – the two new songs he released a few days before Lovebox. Ending with one of the biggest songs of 2018, “This Is America” Gambino had the crowd engaged the whole hour or so he was on with his dancing, monologues and just overall charisma and with that he ended a great performance to a really great festival day.