TWO OF the capital’s largest festivals, Lovebox (cap. 30,000) and Citadel (25,000), will be held at Gunnersbury Park in west London, after organisers reached agreement with site owner Ealing and Hounslow Councils.
The Live Nation Entertainment-promoted events were forced to move from Victoria Park, after rival AEG Presents signed an exclusive five-year contract with Tower Hamlets Council (see LIVE UK issue 214) for use of the park, where it will stage All Points East (40,000).
It had been expected the festivals would switch to Brockwell Park in Brixton, but this plan was opposed by residents group Friends of Brockwell Park (FOBP).
“The park just does not have the capacity to host such gigantic events,” said FOBP chair Peter Bradley. “We oppose them utterly.”
Melvin Benn, MD of LNE subsidiary Festival Republic, which runs the events, says, “Gunnersbury Park has undergone a phenomenal transformation in recent years and I have no doubt that this move will be a great success.”
The company declined to comment further.
Lovebox will be staged on 13-14 July, with Citadel following a day later. Headliners are due to be announced later this month.
Meanwhile, Field Day (25,000), which had been held at Victoria Park for 11 years, will be held at Brockwell Park from 1-2 June.