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Festival Spotlight: Citadel

Festival Spotlight: Citadel

Andrew Kemp | Features & Interviews

Aiming to showcase the creative forces that make London such an inspiring city, Citadel Festival will bring a phenomenal lineup to Victoria Park for a solitary summer Sunday, offering guests a wonderful array of activities. After magical sets from Bombay Bicycle Club and Sigur Ros in previous years, the festival is geared up for cloud nine musical experiences, and will deliver year after year if it keeps booking artists as big as 2017 headliners Foals.

Having only launched in 2015, Citadel is one of the newest festivals to adopt Victoria Park as its home, but is in good company with the likes of Field Day and Lovebox already well established there. Hoping to add strings to the bow of a very broad London scene, the festival provides a myriad of activities based around food, drink, well-being and education, offering workshops, family-orientated activities and boutique shopping to satisfy all the family.

If you’re looking to find out what’s going on outside of music, it might be quicker to ask what’s not going to be available; such is the extent of activities that Citadel boasts. With everything from ping pong tournaments through to robot demonstrations, sensory dating sessions or ‘Pimp My Pineapple’ classes, there’s more on offer than you could possibly squeeze into a single day, so boredom is nigh on impossible at the superb Sunday festival.

One to watch: Foals
Any band with the energy of Foals is going to be a good watch live, but with a back catalogue as extensive as theirs and some of the most talented individuals in any British indie bands, Foals were never going to be easy to match. Hailed by many as one of the absolute best bands to see live over the last decade or so, Foals have managed to strike a fine balance between maturing musically and retaining the youthful vigour that made debut album Antidotes such a captivating listen, and now find themselves at the very top of their game. Playing a UK festival exclusive set at Citadel, they’re more than worth their salt as the festival’s headline act.

One to watch: Oumou Sangaré
A star at Glastonbury’s West Holts Stage this summer, Malian pop star Oumou Sangaré will return to the UK to offer Victoria Park an entrance into the world of Wassoulou folk songs. Using her platform as an artist to raise awareness of issues such as women’s right, child marriage and polygamy, Sangaré fuses her dance-friendly music with a political edge, pouring her soul and emotion into each song to make them powerful even to those of us unable to understand her native tongue. Teaming with beautiful harmonies and intricate melodies, her music is exceptional on record and even more impressive in the flesh.

Photo courtesy of Citadel Festival

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