Preview: Citadel Festival 2016


Citadel was born last year, as the brainchild of Wilderness Festival and Superfly creators who are also responsible for Bonnaroo and Outside Lands in America. It returns this year on the 17th July in Victoria Park, Hackney.

A laidback Sunday affair, Citadel pairs gorgeous chilled tunes with loads of other fun things to fill the day. Last year, clear skies allowed for mid-afternoon loungings with posh cheese toasties and alcoholic ice lollies to hand. The range of food outlets, as well as various other vintage clothing and nik nak stalls, mean that festival goers will never be short of something to see or explore.

This year, Caribou and Sigur Ros have been revealed as the headline acts – exciting for fans of theirs because of the scarcity of other UK dates for both acts. Sigur Ros are an Icelandic group famed for delicate, precise strings paired with ethereal, high vocals, definitely fitting the vibe for Citadel. Caribou’s tropical electro sound ensures the perfect fit for a summer’s evening but with enough edge to ensure a party atmosphere.

Indie label Communion, headed by Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons and Soundcrash promoters and tastemakers also provide their input by heading their own stages, presenting the latest and greatest in acoustic and electronic sounds respectively.

Lianne La Havas, Nathaniel Ratecliff and the Night Sweats, Matt Corby and Billie Marten are also featured names in the most recent line-up announcement, making for a soulful affair on the day.

The Cherry Cola Rock and Roller Skate rink is back this year, blasting disco and 50’s tunes, as well as the much-loved Sunday Sports Day activities – this year sees the introduction of Disco Dodgeball. All this, plus a Koppaberg pop-up forest tent, an Udderbelly comedy tent and Fabric DJ sessions promise the ideal summer’s day out for those who would prefer an idyllic afternoon with friends over a squished, sweaty rave.

Tickets are available to buy here for £54.45 including booking fees.



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