21/07/08

Manu Chao brings Lovebox day one to colourful close

Manu Chao brings Lovebox day one to colourful close

Pic: PA Photos

Pic: PA Photos

Groove Armada also thrill at festival they founded

Manu Chao and founders of Lovebox Festival, Groove Armada, closed day one of the event last night (July 19) in a flurry of confetti and ping pong balls being fired into the crowd and firework displays.

Lovebox regulars since they came up with the idea for the event, Groove Armada played the penultimate set on the Main Stage including hits ‘Song for Mutya’ and ‘I See You Baby’.

They were joined on stage by carnival dancers and confetti, ping pong balls and giant balloons were fired into the audience while fireworks were set off from the roof during their ten song set.

Headliner Manu Chao and his band Radio Bemba previewed material from his new album ‘La Radiolina’ during a triumphant 19 song performance to huge crowds which proved how big his UK following has become.

Audience favourite ‘Bongo Bong’ saw fans waving balloons and Brazilian flags as the sun set over Victoria Park in London.

He finished his performance with a single song encore to close the festival before announcing to the crowd: « We will always come back , always, thank you very much! »