Special treats and surprises are in store as Floripa go all-out during the Lovebox Weekend when we will party non-stop with our very own arena at Lovebox Festival in Victoria Park. Presenting more than 20 diverse musical acts and activities over three days and four nights in two locations, Floripa invites you to enjoy the best that the UK and Brazil have to offer in our weekend festival of tropical fun and frolics.
Thursday 14th June:
CLUB POPOZUDA *** 6pm-1am – at FLORIPA, Shoreditch – £5 after 9pm ***
Kicking things off in the evening, Club Popozuda present their unique blend of global bootyshaking beats with Gato Preto flying in from Germany to perform live their debut UK show. Fusing Afro-Brazilian influences of baile funk-kuduro-moombahton, Gato Preto are considered one of the most exciting electronic dance music acts in Europe and are often compared to Buraka Som Sistema. Flashing Lights, the more well-travelled alter-ego of DJ Khalil of notorious hip hop crew Livin’ Proof, plays your favourite party classics alongside tropical treats. And João Brasil rounds things off with live MPC wizardry in true baile funk style, plus tecnobrega and bootleg mashups for some cheesy tropical fun. The star of Brazilian national TV commercials for orange juice, Nike and and Coca-Cola, João is Fatboy Slim’s fave Brazilian DJ and an inspiration to Madonna (yep, true story). You’ll smile, you’ll dance, you’ll think you’re on a beach in Brazil.
Friday 15th June:
GLOBAL BOOTY BEATS *** 1pm-9.30pm – at The Floripa Fiesta Arena, LOVEBOX Festival, Victoria Park ***
Club Popozuda are back with Gato Preto, Flashing Lights and João Brasil joined by dance music legend Feral Is Kinky performing live – you’ll recognize her distinctive ragga vocals from a certain 90s chart hit and dance anthem as she MCs over original moombahton and electro with her own backing dancers. Renowned producer and resident DJ The Bumps plays baile funk, dancehall, juke and more in an eclectic global bass set designed to inspire hip-thrusting and winding low. Also with the vibrant and funky 7-piece Paper Tiger performing live hip hop and breaks and a set from Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45s) playing Latin, Afrobeats and danceable tropical treats.
BATMACUMBA *** 6pm-2am – at FLORIPA, Shoreditch – £5 after 10pm, £10 after 11pm ***
In the evening at Floripa, Batmacumba present spectacular batucada from Eri Okan, a 20-piece percussive ensemble fusing original street culture from London with Afro block rhythms from Brazil plus DJ Cliffy playing badasss sambas, batucadas, classic Rio breaks and some lost Brazilian gems. It’s a carnival for cariocas and cockneys alike.
Saturday 16th June:
B-BOYS and BATUCADA*** 1pm-9.30pm – at The Floripa Fiesta Arena, LOVEBOX Festival, Victoria Park ***
Refreshing and highly original Bev Lee Harling performs a soulful blend of retro jazz-pop with household-items-turned-music-instruments and the eccentric and magical Kirsty Almeida sings folk, jazz and soul with plenty of charm. Multi-instrumentalist Scrimshire defies genres and standing still with immensely danceable electro-tinged jazz and funky, tribal folk that drips with sunshine. Don’t miss the spectacular breakdance battles as 24 bboys and bgirls compete as a live band provides the beats in the Floor Rippers competition finals, hosted by the enigmatic MC R-Qi-Tek and Little T with extra performances from the golden girl of funk Gizelle Smith. Throughout the day Floripa resident and founding father Ross Clarke provides a much-loved musical blend known fondly as “sambafunkhopstupidity” and a colourful assortment of DJs from Wah Wah play Afrobeats, Latin beats and tropical disco treats.
KIRSTY ALMEIDA LIVE with RADIO FLORIPA DJs *** 6pm-4am (special late license) – at FLORIPA , Shoreditch – £5 after 9pm, £10 after 11pm ***
In the evening at Floripa, enjoy more from Kirsty Almeida with support from Ross Clarke plus guests on the decks until the early hours with a special late license to keep you moving.
Sunday 17th June:
THE WAH WAH / FLORIPA EXPERIENCE – BINGO, BRASS and BRITANNIA*** 1pm-9.30pm – at The Floripa Fiesta Arena, LOVEBOX Festival, Victoria Park ***
Fun and games in the park but put your balls away for Jess Indeedy’s Musical Bingo offers surprises and prizes as DJ Helix challenges your musical prowess. The spectacular brass-heavy nine-piece Hackney Colliery Band perform their foot-stomping covers of classics alongside original music in a diverse and dizzying blend of funk, hip hop, ska, jazz, Balkan and more all live and very loud. Texan singer-songwriter Shea Seger sings good old Rock n Roll and country music to make you dance till the sweat drips off your back. Quirky, crazed disco punk band Folie Ordinaire bring their synth and rock lovin’ brand of hip thrusting sexual rebellion to the party. The immensely powerful dub and reggae 8-piece band The Resonators will make you feel the summertime vibe whatever the weather, with their positive, uplifting and forward-thinking music that has gained support from such luminaries David Rodigan and Mark Lamarr. The Wah Wah DJs fill in the gaps and round things off with their expertly crafted blend of fun-filled, dancefloor-filling eclectic beats.
THE JAZZ MEET *** 1pm-12am – at Floripa, Shoreditch – free all day ***
Meanwhile all day at Floripa there will be Brazilian Sunday Roast and live jazz at The Jazz Meet from 5pm from saxophonist, producer and composer Max Grunhard and his quartet. With resident DJs Sid Ford and Jake Telford Rice rounding things off with more jazz, bossa, samba and laid-back grooves.
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