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 A Day at Citadel Festival, Victoria Park

As a fervent lover of Lovebox, having frequented the festival’s fields of love and good vibes for two years running, when I heard about its new one-day addition to the weekend I had to check it out.

Although the park remained the same, with the familiar flags and vans of funky food, a much more chilled-out, laid-back vibe floated around the fields of Citadel. Instead of pulsing tents of house music competing to be heard, there’s the soulful sound of Bear’s Dens’ acoustics drifting through the trees, or the soft babble of laughter coming from the comedy tent.

It was a perfect way to spend a warm Sunday afternoon; even better after a hardcore weekend at Lovebox. Here’s what a day in the park looks like.

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Grab a superfood-stuffed Buddha Bowl of soya chunks, carrots, leafy greens and rice covered in a creamy curry sauce. Then find a spot in the shade to watch skateboarders flip and fly from the dizzying heights of the skate ramp.

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After filling up on some wholesome goodness, wander over to the Wick Market and sift through the garish patterned shirts, faded denim and soft suede. Become part of the festival crowd and pick up some temporary flash tattoos to embellish your outfit.

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Pop into the art studio to see what arts and crafts are happening, then head over to the Sunday Papers Live tent to catch up on current affairs or listen to reporters’ views on what’s happening in the world.

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If you need a break from the all the buzz, search out the cocktail bar and sip an elderflower and gin on the grass under the colourful flags. For even more R&R, disappear into the massage tent and take five from the hubbub outside.
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The music scene should be well under way by now, so make your way over to the Communion stage to watch up-and-coming artists, or head to the Main Stage to see the headline acts.

This year’s highlights included Bear’s Den, the former Portico Quartet member Nick Mulvey and the fantastic Bombay Bicycle Club. But by far my personal highlight was listening to the hauntingly beautiful music of Ben Howard’s band as the sun set and darkness fell upon the crowds.

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