When Barclays Cycle Hire offered Cloak & Swagger two tickets to Lovebox on the premise that we cycled there on a Barclays Bike, I’m not going to lie, I felt pretty nervous. I have a reputation for falling off bikes but I’ve also always assumed that the cycle scheme looks… well… like quite a lot of effort. All that docking in and docking out.
But I put my doubts to one side, donned my finest cycling outfit (red cape and comedy sun glasses) and headed out to my closest cycle dock. Despite a couple of near misses with my fellow cyclist, a cape in chain incident and a sweaty back, we arrived at Victoria Park in good time and in high spirits.
As we were cycling through the park, looking for the nearest docking station, we encountered a handful of other festival goers who clearly had the same idea. As an arrival, it felt pretty epic. The boys in blue, advancing through Victoria Park all with the same aim: to get our groove on and dance in the sun.
That’s exactly what we did: partied and danced in the sun. I won’t bore you with all the details about the festival, as I’m sure you’ve read all the reviews and know all about Kelis bringing the house down with her back catalogue of classic tracks, Lil Kim cancelling and Goldfrapp’s atmospheric ending to yet another one of London’s summer festivals.
We were sensible and got the bus home but I’ve changed my mind about Barclay’s Bikes. They’re a quick and easy way to get around London – and unlike hopping on the bus, they add a bit of adventure to any festival in town.