Skepta. N.E.R.D, Childish Gambino to headline Lovebox for debut year at  Gunnersbury Park
Skepta and Childish Gambino will help Lovebox settle into its new home this summer (Picture: REX/Shutterstock/Getty)

Skepta, Childish Gambino, N.E.R.D and more will head up Lovebox Festival as it moves to its new home of Gunnersbury Park.

After a 16 year run, the festival – originally set up by Groove Armada in 2002 and now run by MAMA Festivals – is upping sticks to West London. But in true style, it’s bringing a host of world-class names in tow.

Mercury prize winner and grime figurehead Skepta will headline Friday, while Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo’s N.E.R.D project will make a return to the stage for Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Star Wars actor Donald Glover – aka Childish Gambino – is also tipped to headline on the Saturday night.

Lovebox and Citadel festivals to move to Gunnersbury Park
Lovebox is moving from Victoria Park (Picture: Burak Cingi/Redferns)

There’s plenty more music from across the spectrum, including beats, house and techno from Kerri Chandler, Floorplan, Jackmaster, Motor City Drum Ensemble and Annie Mac.

Action Bronson, The Internet, Anderson.Paak, Vince Staples, UK emcee Dave and former Outkast member Big Boi will all represent hip-hop stylings.

It was announced last year that the two festivals would be moving on from their home in Victoria Park, with Brockwell Park thought to be the front runner. But bosses settled on west London’s Gunnersbury Park.

Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council said: ‘I am delighted to welcome the Lovebox and Citadel Festivals to the borough this summer.

‘Rightly recognised as among the very best anywhere across the capital and beyond, these festivals will boast acclaimed, international artists and a vibrant atmosphere for the many thousands of fans attending.’

Additional acts for the 2018 edition will be announced in the coming weeks.

Lovebox 2018 first line-up announcement

Skepta
Childish Gambino
N.E.R.D
SZA
Diplo
Annie Mac
ANDERSON PAAK & THE FREE NATIONALS
VINCE STAPLES
Mura Masa
Action Bronson
THE INTERNET
BIG BOI
DAVE
Bicep (live)
JACOB BANKS
KALI UCHIS
Jon Hopkins (DJ)
THE BLAZE
Loco Dice
Green Velvet
Jackmaster
UNDERGROUND KAOZ: 
Kerri Chandler X Jeremy Underground
Motor City Drum Ensemble
Floorplan
Shy FX
Solardo
BELLY
MHD
Denis Sulta
Peggy Gou
Mall Grab
B.Traits
CamelPhat
Mella Dee
Cashmere Cat
BLACKBEAR
MABEL
Tensnake
Mike Skinner & MURKAGE
Moxie
CASisDEAD
Krystal Klear
DJ Zinc B2B Special Request
D Double E
DJ Q
Preditah
MS BANKS
Jamz Supernova FT STUSH
STEEL BANGLEZ
BLACK PARTY
Happy Meals
JUST JAM TAKEOVER:
SKRAPZ
SUSPECT
K TRAP
M HUNCHO
BIG ZUU
Mowgli
Amy Becker
KENNY ALLSTAR
TIM & BARRY
Sian ANDERSON
Star.One
Andrew Hill
Saoirse
Jane Fitz
Cici

Lovebox takes place on 13th-14th July 2018.

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