Nas To Perform ‘Illmatic’ 20th Anniversary At Lovebox 2014 | Music News


Hip-Hop legend Nas has been added to the line-up for this year’s Lovebox Festival as co-headliner alongside M.I.A for Saturday’s (July 19) schedule. The Harlem native will be performing his seminal debut album Illmatic in full to celebrate its 20th anniversary. In addition to Nas, the likes of Benji B, Norman Jay, Soul II Soul and Woodkid have also been added to the line-up for this year’s Lovebox Festival. Tickets for the 2-day festival can be purchased here.


“Earlier this month Lovebox unveiled one of its most lauded line-ups to date. Now they’re back with another huge installment of artist additions and Lovebox 2014 is looking better than ever. We’re hugely excited to announce a UK exclusive performance for Lovebox this year: seminal hip-hop figure Nas will be joining M.I.A. to co-headline Saturday’s proceedings. With a career spanning over twenty years, he’ll be performing iconic debut album ‘Illmatic’ which celebrates its 20th Anniversary and re-release this year.


We welcome London-institution Norman Jay MBE to this year’s festival, who helped redefine the boundaries of partying in the 90s, appealing to the very essence of Lovebox. Another crucial piece of British musical history, Jazzie B and his renowned nineties band Soul II Soul will be playing. Speaking about Lovebox Jazzie says, “Lovebox always has such a great vibe. Looking forward to it, happy faces and thumping bass!” We’re also proud to announce that filmmaker turned songwriter Yoann Lemoine, also known as Woodkid, will be headlining Saturday’s Noisey Presents stage, and unveiling intensely gripping offerings from his debut album ‘The Golden Age’.


Lovebox 2014’s DJ line-up is stronger and more eclectic than ever before, and those with an appetite for house, techno and everything in between are going to be well fed beyond belief. Swedish techno don and Drumcode head-honcho Adam Beyer will be headlining the Crack Magazine and Krankbrother Stage, and we welcome London’s finest living garage legend DJ EZ for some true London flavours. Disco purveyors Maxxi Soundsystem and PBR Streetgang will be enticing the masses with their warming house and nu-disco grooves.


Fast-rising producer Adesse Versions hot off the success of his ‘Pressured’ EP will be mixing it up for crowds, as will Citizen, Melbourne’s Mic Newman and London boy Dolan Bergin. Amsterdam’s freshest face of future house Tom Trago will be tearing up the dancefloor, as will Radio 1 and Rinse golden girl Monki, and Kid Fiesta. We also have a performance from songstress of the moment Jess Glynne to look forward to.


Back for another year at Lovebox is Red Bull Music Academy. A world-travelling series of music workshops and festivals, RBMA is a platform for those who make a difference in today’s musical landscape. Over the course of the weekend the Red Bull Music Academy Stage will house a non-stop party hosted by some of the biggest names in electronic music. Expect historic sets from Deviation top dog Benji B and veteran junglist Randall, and unmissable energy from The Gaslamp Killer. Kenny Dope will unleash his renowned Disco Fever set and there’ll be magic from nu-disco maestro Tensnake, Horse Meat Disco and eclectic Boston boys Soul Clap. Expect the unexpected from London producer Throwing Snow along with house grooves courtesy of rising star Doc Daneeka.


This year everyone is invited to come and share a glass of Italy’s favourite libation at the Aperol Spritz Social with the likes of Craig Charles and The Reflex on the decks Friday, whilst Norman Jay and sassy lady DJ, Monki head up the Saturday. There will be dancing on the decking, relaxing and taking in the views from the balcony and of course sipping on the iconic Aperol Spritz. The Social will be playing host to top DJs all day long, creating an intimate party atmosphere to dance with old friends and meet new ones with soulful grooves, rare disco cuts and bumpin’ house all weekend long.


Lovebox’s VIP area, The Pavilion Gardens, will transport VIP’s into an opulent world of Regency-era Brighton. Adorned with vibrant dome-roofed tents and exquisite furnishings, head to the Pavilion Gardens to catch sets from 2020Vision busman Ralph Lawson, Ben Pearce, Son of Sun (Live), Pete Herbert, Normski, and many more throughout the weekend. Be sure not to miss tickets for what is shaping up to be biggest two-day celebration of dance music and international talent in London, let alone the UK.”



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