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FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Citadel 2017

Lovebox’s artier sibling looks set to give it serious run for its money.

Adding a third notch to its belt, Victoria Park welcomes the return of Citadel Festival on Sunday 16th July. Following on from last year’s majestic headline performance from Sigur Ros, London’s one-day Sunday festival looks likely to impress again.

This year’s Main Stage headliners need no introduction, having stormed the last decade with one critically acclaimed record after another. Number one on the bill is the world’s most loved Oxford quintet, the infamously good live act Foals. If that wasn’t special enough, their performance is a UK festival exclusive. The last five years have seen Foals reach stadium-status after the release of their two most recent albums ‘Holy Fire’ (2013) and ‘What Went Down’ (2015). We await with anticipation for the breakdown of ‘Two Steps Twice’ to see what madness frontman Yannis reveals.

In addition to Foals, the Main Stage will also play home to the delicately produced and intricate electronica of Bonobo. Gracing London’s crowd in the wake of his masterful sixth album ‘Migration’, this is a man who via a whirlwind of tours, singles, remixes and more has cemented his name as one of the best electronic producers currently in the game. Both headliners are supported on the Main Stage by the likes of indie rockers Wild Beasts, folk singer-songwriter Laura Marling and Pharrell-endorsed Maggie Rogers.

This year’s Communion stage also exhibits an array of exciting material. Riding off the worldwide success of last year’s ‘Love & Hate’ album, soulman Michael Kiwanuka headlines the stage. He’s supported by the electro-folk fusion act Sylvan Esso and one of the UK’s brightest indie-pop lights, Dan Croll.

Clash and Last.FM also jointly host a stage that has garnered particular interest. This is largely due to the appearance of a band named A Blaze Of Feather. Since news spread of the group’s inception, they have become the centre-point for speculation, with one Twitter user surmising “Undoubtedly Ben Howard, and undoubtedly incredible”. Now unmasked in the light of day as a six-piece, led by Mickey Smith – a long-time collaborator of Ben Howard – the excitement all seems well and truly founded. We will await the unveiling of their live set with sweet anticipation. In addition, the stage will be supported by a series of world acts including masterful guitarist Bombino and established Wassoulou singer Oumou Sangaré.

As well as the music, the day will also include a vast array of debate, installations, comedy, food stalls and more. Check out the Citadel Instagram for more imagery and artwork to get you in the mood.

For ticket information and further news updates, visit Citadel’s official website here.

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