Last weekend saw the launch of the first ever Citadel Festival, a one-day music extravaganza hosted in London’s Victoria Park. As the dust settled (just about) from Lovebox before it, Sunday saw the leafy space open the gates to an entirely different festival experience. Created by the award-winning Wilderness Festival and Superfly, Citadel is all about celebrating every type of fun to be had on a Sunday afternoon, from music and art to shopping, wellbeing and even sports.
On the day, Bombay Bicycle Club and Ben Howard took to the main stage as headliners. BBC got the crowd going with a huge catalogue of catchy hits that got everyone dancing on the band’s own home turf, while Ben Howard’s moving songs and quietly intense stage presence captivated all those watching.
It wasn’t just the headline acts who brought their A-game; the sound of Bear’s Den reverberated through the entire park when they played, as Dave Croll’s sound inspired depth and joy in equal measure and singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey proved why he’s getting so much hype right now. Elsewhere, live performances from Ghostwriters and discussions from the Sunday Papers Live set proved popular, contributing to Citadel’s impressively varied roster that crammed activity and performance into a single day.
Some of our fave highlights included watching an award-winning street poet play the guitar in a chandelier-bedecked circus tent, along with a hot ‘n’ sweaty Hula Hoop class in the grounds of a cardboard castle and sitting down to a five-course gourmet feast at long tables served up by some of the UK’s most exciting culinary talent. In fact, there was so much to do, we found it difficult to know where to turn our attention to next! It was hugely refreshing and exciting to see so many creative ideas and activities in one place.
Roll on Citadel 2016 – see you there!