With so many festivals popping up in London in recent years it takes something pretty special to stand out from the crowd. Citadel, which pitches up in East London’s Victoria Park the day after Lovebox vacates the capital’s favourite festival spot, promises to be exactly that.
Citadel isn’t billing itself as a music festival per se but the line-up is replete with some of the summer’s most appealing sounds: folk favourite Ben Howard and top indie band Bombay Bicycle Club share top billing and the likes of Kurt Vile, Anna Calvi, Nick Mulveym Roots Manuva and Neneh Cherry fill out a thoroughly eclectic musical programme.
The team behind Citadel – the same people who brought you Lovebox, Wilderness and stateside festival fave Bonnaroo – are intent on presenting a Sunday spread that mingles music with an intriguing array of less familiar amusements. The festival’s gently esoteric offerings also includes Sunday Papers Live, which promises to bring the broadsheets to life with the assistance of poets, comedians, politicians and commentators, and a host of other unique attractions, covering everything from comedy to gastronomy, with a spot of yoga and a brass band thrown in for good measure!