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Lovebox 2012: Hot Chip, Emeli Sande and Friendly Fires among first acts

Lovebox 2012

Story by Jack Foley

THE first acts have been announced for Lovebox 2012 in Hackney, East London, taking place between June 15 and 17, 2012.

This year’s festival celebrates 10 years of the event and has sought to bring together some of the most iconic names in dubstep, hip-hop, drum & bass, house, techno and indie for the three-day weekender.

Proceedings open early on Friday with Hot Chip, Magnetic Man, Sub Focus Live, and Crystal Castles throwing down the gauntlet alongside a selection of arena hosts that include the return of East London’s radio station, Rinse 106.8FM -and all for a recession busting price of less than £30.

Saturday then rolls out an all-encompassing sonic mash-up featuring hip rockers Friendly Fires, Brit Awards Critics’ Choice winner Emeli Sande, Swedish electro hipsters Little Dragon and New York City’s Azealia Banks and Kelis.

The main stages are set against the bone shaking soundscape of drum & bass’ number one club night and record label, Hospital Records, plus house and techno institution Warm and international mad-hatters Crosstown Rebels who will be throwing a notorious Rebel Rave.

On Sunday, Lovebox’s incredibly successful polysexual ‘Out and Out Fierce’ party takes over proceedings with hi-energy disco and electro sounds dominating the site.

Holly Johnson will also take to the main stage to deliver a ‘greatest hits’ set spanning his days with Frankie Goes to Hollywood through to his solo career.

Described by the NME as ‘the most influential dance act in the world right now’ Azari & iii return to Lovebox after their hit performance last year and there is a debut performance from BBC Sound of 2012 nominee’s Niki & The Dove as well as performances from The Rapture and Patrick Wolf on the Sunday Superstore Live stage.

Stay tuned for further talent announcements as they come in.