Lovebox - Rizla Invisible Players

David Shrigley, Jazzie B, Annie Nightingale...
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The Invisible Players Tour hit the capital for Lovebox Weekender taking over a wooded area in the middle of the site. The arena looked as if it had been there for years set amongst large trees with hanging branches. And due to popular demand, the arena was increased in size to allow more people to join in the party and enjoy the fun.

David Shrigley got the speakers warmed up on Saturday enticing festival-goers as they arrived and explored the site. The party crowd took up their places in the arena relaxing on the oversized beanbags, but quickly coaxed up on to their feet as Heavenly Jukebox and Man Like Me upped the tempo with a house and party tunes vibe. The arena was at full capacity by 2pm, and stayed that way for the rest of the weekend. London based Lowlife DJs took up the controls and kept the happy party vibe going in warm conditions.

Crowd favourites, Idjut Boys hyped the folks waiting to get in before X-Press 2 dropped a massive set, rounding off with their huge track, 'Lazy' featuring David Byrne.

Sunday got underway with Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals playing an eclectic mix of vinyl, much to the delight of the clued-up music crowd that had turned up early to see the welsh wizard’s record collection. The Arena quickly started to fill out as the Hip Hop Karaoke crew got set up, with a small stage assembled in front of the van for the would be MC’s to showcase their Hip Hop prowess. A mix of laughter, applause and genuine respect greeted the various levels of talent as the packed arena rose to the MC throw-down.

The queue swarmed in anticipation of one of last years Invisible Players, Annie Nightingale, who cranked her classic up tempo breaks set, showing off the Funktion One sound system to its full potential.

London favourite, Jazzie B arrived and showed exactly why he is such a legend and why he has been such a popular Invisible Player this year. Playing to a lively crowd (and about 2,000 people outside!) he breezed through a range of soul, classic house and modern dance anthems.

The biggest name of the weekend in the Rizla arena was reserved for the Sunday headline slot; legendary US Hip Hop producer/ DJ Diplo, who played the standout set of the weekend - an intense upbeat electronic beat 90 minutes that got the crowd jumping right up until the close.

It was a great weekend for all involved, with many festival-goers, media and event organisers reckoning the arena was the place to be all weekend.

Next Stop Big Chill….with an even bigger line-up sorted.

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View a photo gallery featuring the Rizla Invisible Players at Lovebox HERE.

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