Roxy Music Set to Rock Lovebox 2010 - Catch the Ferry for Groove Armada's Weekender

Posted: 24th February 2010
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Year in, year out the Lovebox Weekender, this year to be held in Hackney's Victoria Park from July 16th to 18th, goes from strength to strength with its line-up. I'm not even going to bore you with last year's line-up, rather I will just say how great this year's role-call is looking with 5 months to go.

Friday isn't such a shocker - Dizzee Rascal, who seems to be playing every festival, wedding, Barmitzvah, kid's magic show and probably lining up for England in the World Cup (Cole and Terry might need replacing), will bounce around with boundless enthusiasm and give the weekend an injection of fun and energy.

But it's Saturday when things get a bit more interesting with the newly-announced headline-act of Roxy Music. Lead singer and 70s style-icon Bryan Ferry will lead his troops (minus early member, Brian Eno) out to the London faithful for what should be a memorable blast through 'Virginia Plain', 'Do The Strand', 'Love Is The Drug' and 'Angel Eyes' as well as some new Ferry numbers (album soon cometh with Eno actually on it, apparently). If they play 'Same Old Scene' or Ferry's 'The Right Stuff', all the better.

Sunday sees the return of another legend, Grace Jones. After wowing the world with her amazing Meltdown 2008 appearance, she has been popping up at festivals and, well, enjoying herself all over again. Her last album, 'Hurricane', sold healthy volumes as word got around that she'd seriously nailed it again with Sly and Robbie back in the mix, just like in the days of her successful album triptych, 'Nightclubbing', 'Warm Leatherette' and 'Living My Life'. She hasn't toned down her act, nor her outrageous clothes either - what a woman! Not wishing to stir up the rumour-mill here but Grace Jones covered a Roxy tune ('Love Is The Drug') back in the 80s and Ferry is there on Saturday and, well, who's to say he won't roll up on Sunday to sing with Grace..... then again, I might be wrong. Just a wild guess!

Other sexy Loveboxers will include Chase and Status, Maccabees, Toddla T, Noisettes and DJ Zinc on fabulous Friday, Empire Of The Sun (1st London gig), Wild Beasts, Shy FX and Booka Shade on slinky Saturday and finally Hot Chip, Peaches, Cut Copy and Horse Meat Disco on swoonworthy Sunday.

Tickets are still available at £49.50 for Friday or Saturday, £45 for Sunday.

Paul Pledger