Ealing and Hounslow councils have reached an agreement with Festival Republic to host the annual Lovebox and Citadel Festivals in Gunnersbury Park.
Lovebox will take place on Friday, 13 and Saturday, 14 July with Citadel following on Sunday, 15 July. Lovebox will be announcing their first wave of talent on Tuesday, 13 February, and Citadel will announce their headliner on Tuesday, 6 February.
Ccouncil leader Julian Bell 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. It is a venue with an excellent record of hosting large public events including the London Mela, which has attracted more than 90,000 visitors in the past.
“Gunnersbury Park is currently undergoing a hugely positive transition which will see brand new sports facilities and wonderful historical buildings opening their doors in the near future. Hosting these festivals is another huge boost for the park and it also underlines our reputation as a place to see great live events.”
Councillor Samia Chaudhary, Hounslow Council’s cabinet member for green policy and leisure, said: “It’s fantastic to have this major weekend of festivals coming to west London. Ealing and Hounslow have a long history with diverse cultural and musical achievements, and this move into festivals brings an exciting new opportunity for all to enjoy.”
Melvin Benn from Festival Republic said: “Gunnersbury Park has undergone a phenomenal transformation in recent years and I have no doubt that this move for Lovebox and Citadel 2018, will be a great success.”
Gunnersbury Park is entering a new era as ambitious plans for new sports facilities and painstakingly restored heritage are nearing fruition.