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Chips, chaps and tunes: Here’s why Citadel is our new favourite London festival


Citadel is one of London’s newest festivals, and after heading down to see what it’s all about last weekend, we’re sure it’s here to stay. The family-friendly event has an eclectic range of music, entertainment and activities, plus an amazing array of food and a welcoming atmosphere that made us forget we were even in the capital.

Here are our top five reasons you need to check out Citadel next year…

1. The music

Citadel Festival may not be the place to see the current artists topping the charts, but don’t let that put you off. Every performer who is invited to perform is super talented and creative. Our favourites included Norwegian electro artist Susanne Sundfør, swoon-worthy soul singer Lianne La Havas and up-and-coming pop chick Dagny, but everyone sounded beautiful in the sun and we discovered some new favourites that we’d have never normally listened to.

Thank you Citadel, it was a blast ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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2. And so much more!

It may have been the music artists headlining the event, but there were plenty of different types of entertainment to suit all tastes at Citadel. This ranged from talks and theatre to dance and comedy, with popular acts including the Chaps Choir and Les Femmes Circus. All you had to do was wander around from tent to tent, and you’d find something cool and unique that you’d never see at your regular old festival.

#TBT @chapschoir charming the Park Bandstand…#Citadel16

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3. Fun activities

Citadel isn’t just about sitting back and watching talented performers. It’s totally interactive, with loads of activities for festival-goers to get involved with. There was a sports area with disco dodgeball and yoga, art and crafts workshops, and quirky dance classes such as the Hoop Hop hula class. There was also some impressive action on the Bump rollerskating rink.

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4. Tasty food

You’ll never get hungry at Citadel as long as you’ve got cash in your pocket! The festival site was packed full of street food trucks serving delicious snacks, drinks and meals, from pulled pork rolls to churros and vegan burritos to refreshing smoothies. The extremely cheesy chips we had for dinner from Pimp My Fries were the perfect finale to a day filled with treats.

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5. The lovely atmosphere

A festival can have an incredible line-up, but it’s still no fun if the atmosphere’s all wrong. That’s not the case at all with Citadel, which everyone we spoke to agreed was the most relaxed and friendly festival they’d been to in London. It was the perfect vibe for a sunny Sunday. We hope you’ll have us back again next year, Citadel!

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