If you’re following us on Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr, you will know that summer (named by season, not the weather) has been popping off here in London and it keeps getting better it seems.

Legendary footwear and apparel brand, Converse have just announced the line up for their summer series ‘Represent’ which will run from July 30th to August 10th at the iconic 100 club. The likes of Nas, Plan B, Santigold, Yuna, SBTRKT, Rudimental, Paul Weller, Friends, Kano and so many more. Perfect line up to soak in those Olympic summer evenings in.

For your chance to win tickets, head over to the Converse website.

Celebrating a decade of LoveBoxing, after a week of fully recovering from wellie time, we can say it was a smash and are ready to tell the tale.

Venturing into the muddy Victoria Park Friday afternoon, we quickly got acquainted with the pop up village that was created. We wandered around and visited our friends at the RBMA stage, the Arts Against Knives clan and met up with friends along the way. Highlight of Friday definitely has to be the blisfful electro soul against a 130bpm sunkissed beat provided by our favourite producer duo, Disclosure.

Saturday was definitely a turn down Commercial Street, with the likes of Emeli Sande, Maverick Sabre, Friendly Fires and a pop up House tent. Something about the day didn’t weigh up right. Possibly it was the combination of premier pop acts alongside established and credible DJ’s such as David Rodigan and Norman Jay? Maybe it was the distinct division between bronzed orange, hair extension, glammed up young teenage girls and hardcore nu age ravers? Quite possibly could of just been the gushes of wind as I watched Roc Nation darling Rita Ora and danced along to Kelis’s back catalogue and her..ahem drumming. It was an interesting day to say the least.

Come Sunday, we were weary, but determined to head over to Victoria Park one last time for the evening’s headline acts. By 5pm, mainstage was packed with the pink pound brigade, flamboyant guys and girls, extravagent styles and 2.4 families cosied together as Chic gave us disco classics and 70’s groove. Warming us up nicely for Chaka Khan, who was glamorously toned in a catsuit, hair blowing in the wind and a smorgasbord of classic tunes. From “Through The Fire” to “Every Woman”, the hits kept on coming. Before the original diva, thanked the crowd to a rapture of applause and we awaited Grace Jones.

With the sun setting over what turned out to be a great celebration of dance music, pop mentality and it’s sub genres, a decade of LoveBox couldn’t have been closed by anyone greater than the epitome of all of the above – Grace Jones. The 64 year old gave us an array of spectacular hats, breaking all the rules and setting them again, as she showcased her risque, daring nature. Hula hooping, revealing her fit figure and belting out tune after tune, the Sunday evening audience left uplifted and ready for the next 10 years of LoveBoxing.

We’re in full of festival spirit and already looking forward to the next big one – this year’s Wireless 3-dayer! And with MTV now an official sponsor, those unable to attend will also be able to enjoy the action online come 6th-8th July.

This years line up is immense – The Weeknd, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Drake, The Roots, J. Cole and loads more. In addition, you’ll also be able to connect with our friends at Starwood who’ll not only have a VIP pod on site (all about those rockstar naps!), but who are also offering one lucky winner a trip to London for the Hard Rock Calling gig, headlined by the boss himself – Bruce Springsteen on 14th July.

The Starwood Hotels & Resorts have launched the Rockstar Yourself competition site to promote their partnership with Live Nation and to show their SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) exclusive access to music events. All you’d need to do is upload an image of yourself and add some rockstar accessories – the results will then be posted on their Hall Of Fame and on Facebook after which the winner will be announced. Get involved!

A breezy Saturday afternoon in East London’s historic Victoria Park was the setting for the PinBoard crew’s venture into our first festival of the summer. Field Day – the urban festival, come village fête, heavily seeped in electronic, alternative, bass and ultimately purveyors of fresh future music, Field Day is right up our street. With just celebrating their sixth year running, they definitely  look like they are not planning to go anywhere anytime soon.

Scheduling in the one dayer a month or so earlier than usual, we happily danced along to the sounds of Hudson Mohawke, Julio Bashmore, Metronomy, SBTRKT, The Internet throughout the day. With frequent visits to the RBMA stage too, who were hosting some of their own graduates and stars set to shine and are currently soaring.

We checked out the likes of alumni and veteren on the decks, Kidkanevil, as well as Brixton songstress Jessie Ware who smashed the stage. Very proud moments to see the audience singing back the ‘Running’ chorus to her. Sunless ’97, Mr Beatnik and Chairlift also kept spirits up throughout the day.

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It’s the month London has been waiting for. No not the Olympics. No not the Queen’s Jubliee either. It’s the month when The all powerful The Weeknd decides to grace our city’s presence with his first solo show. It’s going to be a biggy.

That aside, there are festivals warming us up for the summer months, A$AP Rocky and his mob is back, plus The Internet will also be headlining at our homies Deviation 53rd  night. Check out @PinBoardLive to win free tickets to the show too. We also see out the month with Ms Badu doing what she does best at the Hammersmith Apollo.

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After the announcement of his participation at Wireless this year fans have been waiting on bated breathe to see whether or not Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd was going to play a solo show in the city or not. Thankfully prayers have been answered as the Toronto hailing enigma has just confirmed his debut show at Wiltons Music Hall on June 7th.

Tickets go on sale May 28th at 9am. See you there…?

May in the city brings the goliaths also known as  The Throne for a full 4 day takeover of the O2. It will also see the return of the reclusive band The XX who will play a string of exclusive dates. And if towering soul is more your thing, ears should be pricked for the sounds of Robert Glasper’s Experiment which is coming to town too. It’s a mammoth month. Get into it over the jump.

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Positioning themselves as an annual affair to look forward to, Lovebox has firmly established themselves as the most revered dance and cross genre festival that many look forward to each year. From the birth of Groove Armada’s idea and over the decade of taking over Victoria Park in Hackney for 3 days of festivities, they have had the likes of Grace Jones, Jamiroquai, N.E.R.D, Diplo, Friendly Fires et al on their weekend loving stages.

In celebration of their “decade of love”, this year Lovebox will host Magnetic Man, Azari and III, 2 Bears, Pearson Sound among the long list in the dance forum. Hackney will also see the likes of  Emeli Sande, Little Dragon, Azealia Banks, Lana Del Rey as well as Rinse FM and good friends RBMA hosting stages too. Whether the sun is shining or not, grab your tickets and see you there!

BluesFest is a 2 week long music festival spanning London and Manchester. The event, which takes place in various venues across both cities will see shows from the likes of George Benson, Ronnie Wood, Van Morrison, Charles Bradly, Brand New Heavies, Tom Jones and as just announced – Erykah Badu.

Badu who traditionally performs at Brixton Academy whenever she’s in London, will this time take to the stage at the Hammersmith Apollo on June 27th.

Tickets (£27.50 / £55) for the show are on sale now. Full line-up & dates can be found after the jump. More info here.

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Monday night saw a world music double header at the Barbican. Buena Vista Social Club prodigy and Havana Cultura star Roberto Fonseca accompanied by full band, coupled with London’s own Ayanna Witter-Johnson as support, made for a truly complete evening. Read my review after the jump.

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