LIVE REVIEW + PHOTOS: Citadel Festival 2019

With previous headliners such as Foals and Tame Impala, Citadel had a lot to live up to this year. Described on the website as being ‘the perfect soundtrack to your Sunday’, there sure was a lot planned for this year’s festival.

The 10 stages across the site boasted a variety of acts and entertainment – not just the main attraction of music – from yoga classes to DJ sets, dance parties and many space-themed activities, giving you a huge choice of things to do and ensuring there was something for everyone. This range of entertainment combined with the strong music lineup is what has made this festival stand out from the other day ones this year and will keep people coming back.

The music bill itself was stacked with amazing artists across the three music stages – Inhaler, Dream Wife, Fontaines D.C. and Catfish & the Bottlemen to name a few. Each one played incredible sets which received positive responses from the crowd with Bastille’s one in particular standing out. Their amazing stage set up and presence put on one hell of a show and it was clear the fans were impressed, as were anyone who were new to them.

Headliner Welsh indie-rockers Catfish & the Bottlemen closed off such a wonderful day, with a setlist packed full of hits from across their 3 albums (The Balcony, The Ride, and latest addition The Balance). The mixing of the vocals and instruments as well as the energy radiating off the band made this one of the best performances they have done yet, with the crowd bouncing off the energy. With this being the third year in a row the boys have headlined a London day festival, they can only go up from this.

However, despite all this, a let down was the lack of female artists on the line up. This was especially noticeable with other festivals this year working towards the 50:50 pledge to increase female artists on festival line-ups. Rakel Mjoll, lead singer of Dream Wife, airing her frustration over this matter on her Instagram, saying “The lack of woman artists on today’s festival bill is a joke,” and “This baffles me. Everyone loses. Representation is important. It’s 2019. It’s just weird.”

Besides this, Citadel is a festival you should not miss. For only £50, you are provided with a huge choice of incredible entertainment and music that suits everyone and ensures an outstanding day out. Perfect for music lovers.

★★★★☆

Full gallery of pictures below. All pictures taken by Indy Brewer (@indyebrewer).

DMA’S (@dmasmusic)

Fontaines D.C. (@fontainesband)

Jade Bird (@jadebirdmusic)

Bastille (@bastilledan)

Bear’s Den (@bearsdenmusic)

Catfish & the Bottlemen (@catfishandthebottlemen)

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