FESTIVAL PREVIEW: All Points East Festival @ Victoria Park London, 25-27/05/18

The Verse’s Tom Evans previews the newly established All Points East Festival, taking place at Victoria Park London on 25th-27th May 2018

In a crowded festival market All Points East is a new festival coming to Victoria Park, that had previously been home to Field Day. The brains behind this new festival are the organisers of Primavera, so those of you with a discerning music taste would probably have an idea of the type of acts on offer here.

Although it is billed as a three-day festival it really is 3 individual days coming together over the weekend. There is no camping, so, unfortunately, this means when the music stops, that is the end of your night. However, this does mean that after each day of music you go and sleep in an actual bed and have access to showers etc.

All Points East is offering a vast amount of music over the weekend – roughly 25 acts each day spread over 4 stages.

Friday, 25th May, Day One, will be headlined by the recently reformed LCD Soundsystem. After “retiring” the group, James Murphy reformed LCD Soundsystem and returned last year with American Dream. It didn’t feel like they had been away at all. While they’re good on record, on stage they really do create a party atmosphere.

Chet Faker and Hercules and Love Afair continue the dance theme to the day. But the band I am most interested in, perhaps even more than the headliner is Yeah Yeah Yeah’s. They don’t have much recent output, but the potential to hear classics such as Date With The Night and Heads Will Roll is very exciting indeed!

The first band announced for the festival was actually Saturday 26th headliner: The XX. If you have never seen them live, they are unmissable. They manage to bring an audience of any size along with them, even making stadium and festival gigs seem intimate. The tales of love and heartbreak sang by Roma and Oliver backed by Jamie’s beat meld together perfectly. Off the back of touring their third album I See You, we can expect to hear plenty of that, as well as songs from their first two albums.

Lorde will be headlining the second stage on Saturday 26th, so hopefully the line-up will be scheduled so that they don’t clash. Particularly as she doesn’t tour the UK very often! The third stage offers talent such as Justice and Lykke Li. Justice will probably have the best light show of the weekend, and that’s before you talk about their infectiously danceable sound. Lykke Li could be a standout act if you like your female vocalists Melancholic backed by 60’s-esque Phil Spector wall of sound and Europop beats. (I certainly do!)

What is there to say about the Sunday 27th headliner – Bjork? A fitting act to close the festival, she is real, unique talent who has released amazing and diverse music for over twenty years. From the more straightforward pop of Debut to the more interesting electronica of recent albums like Biophilia and Utopia. Although she will be touring her recent releases, it would also be great if she played a set featuring older tracks, like Hyperballad.

Also performing on Sunday 27th is an artist with innovation close to Bjork: Flying Lotus, who is playing a 3D show. Although I am not entirely sure how 3D concerts work, it would certainly be interesting to find out. The award for best/most enthusiastic dancer will surely go to Ed the singer from Friendly Fires. Depending on your outlook in life in life it will either be some of the best or worse dancing you’ll see all weekend. It’s always made me happy every time I’ve seen them.

It is tricky to know what the festival will be like, as it doesn’t have the history of others, like Glastonbury. However, the organisers do appear to have actually made an effort to think about the lineup. And not just thrown a load of bands together. For me personally, this is definitely one of the stand-out festival line-ups of the summer.

More information and tickets here: https://www.allpointseastfestival.com/homepage

The Verse Staff

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