Lovebox & Citadel Public Meetings at Gunnersbury Park

Click here to read latest updates and this year’s line-ups.

Without consultation with any stakeholders, Gunnersbury Park’s events organiser, The Event Umbrella, on behalf of David Bowler, CEO of Gunnersbury Park CIC, has organised public meetings to occur once a month before the Lovebox and Citadel festivals are due to happen over the summer.

Meetings clash with Ealing Council’s meetings making councillor attendance difficult.

The letter to be distributed to residents on Monday 11th February, is as follows:


Dear Resident,

Following the Gunnersbury Estate (2026) CIC’s decision to host Lovebox and Citadel Festivals in Gunnersbury Park on 12, 13 and 14 July 2019 this year, I am writing to invite you to the public meetings to discuss these events.
There will be a series of monthly meetings leading up to the events, so that residents will have more than one opportunity to attend public meetings and to receive updates from the festival organisers.
The meetings will be held in the Rothschild Dining Room in the Gunnersbury Museum on the following dates:

Monday 25 Feb at 18:00 and 20:00
Monday 25 March at 18:00 and 20:00
Monday 29 April at 18:00 and 20:00
Monday 27 May at 18:00 and 20:00
now Tuesday 28 May at 18:00 and 20:00
Monday 24 June at 18:00 and 20:00

The meetings will begin with a presentation by the festival organisers, which will include their plans for event delivery. This will be followed by questions from the floor. Each meeting should last no longer than 90 minutes.
NB: In order to comply with fire regulations, there is limited capacity in the museum. As such, the meetings will be ticketed, so please do book a free ticket as per the instructions below as we will only be able to admit people who have booked in advance. There will be a maximum of 60 places at each meeting.

To reserve your place at a meeting, please visit our booking page via the following link: You will receive a response confirming your booking via an email from Eventbrite.
The Gunnersbury Museum is a fully accessible venue. If you would like any further information about our access provisions, please email us on and we will be happy to help.
If you are unable to attend, and would still like to provide feedback relating to the festival weekend, you can do so by writing to:
Lovebox and Citadel Feedback Festivals and Events
(1/SW/4) Perceval House, 14-16 Uxbridge Road London W5 2HL

Consultation on Future Event Proposals:
We recently contacted you by post and asked if you would like to be included in our mailing list so we can keep you informed of events that are proposed to take place in Gunnersbury Park.
If you would like to continue to receive information about event proposals for Gunnersbury Park, please email us at so that we can add you to the mailing list.
If you do not have an email address, please write to inform us that you still wish to receive consultation letters by post, to Gunnersbury Park Museum, Gunnersbury Park House, Popes Lane, London W5 4NH; or phone us on 020 8993 8809.

We commit to storing your data securely. This will only be used by Ealing Council representatives acting on the Council’s behalf and representatives of the Gunnersbury Estate 2026 Community Interest Company. We will not pass your information on to a third party outside of those listed above. If at any time, you do not want to receive any further emails or post from us you may opt out by communicating your request using those channels listed above.

Yours sincerely,

David G Bowler Gunnersbury CIC

Source: Original Letter to Residents

UPDATE: Cllr Joanna Dabrowska attended both resident meetings on Monday night  (25th February) and raised various questions including extending the stewarding up Gunnersbury Avenue as the festival organisers have added Ealing Broadway as an additional entry/egress station as well as extending the stewarding hours past midnight.

Additionally, Cllr Dabrowska raised questions regarding the taxi rank location, the setting up and de-rigging period, any special bus/coach transport, waste clearance of nearby streets.

Residents in a catchment area will be offered 800 pairs of tickets (250, 250 and 300 pairs for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively).

The presentation from the first meeting will be uploaded on this website when it becomes available.

To contact the Festivals Organiser & Community Liaison, Jools Butterfield*, via, telephone number to be confirmed.

* UPDATE – 12th March 2019 – as of 0637 this morning, Cllr Joanna Dabrowska received an email from Jools Butterfield, the festival organiser’s community manager, that he has left his job, and it seems, of immediate effect, despite promising at the February residents’ meeting that he is/will be the community liaison for the festivals.

For those residents who are interested in this year’s line up: