Best for: The best London festival line-up in the history of London festivals.
Location: Victoria Park, London
Date: 25th – 27th May
Age: Not even 1 yet – 2018 is All Points East first year, and what a way to kick it off. You know most festivals start small, right?
Exclusives: DJ sets from Detroit’s Omar-S, Chicago’s The Black Madonna and Bristol’s (why does it never sound as good when it’s a UK place?) Shanti Celeste. PLUS, Despacio (a collaboration between James Murphy and David & Stephen Dewaele (Soulwax, 2manydjs), will deliver vinyl-only sets across the entire weekend.
The music: For those who’d usually head to Glastonbury (alas, we face a fallow year this time) and focus on the acts with some electronic experience under their belts, All Points East may well have concocted what that line-up might have looked like. LCD Soundystem, The XX and Björk headline, the latter a particularly impressive booking. Beneath them, each day reads like a who’s who of icons covering the entire electro spectrum; from the legends to those crawling onto their first festival stage. Friday sees Lo Moon bring their brooding beats following support slots earlier this with London Grammar, Confidence Man offering assistance to the unconfident with their super bouncy, Right Said Fred-for-millennials instructional offerings, 8-piece multi-cultural art-poppers Superorganism with sounds *ideal* for sweating with cider in the sunshine, Phoenix and their French art/pop anthems, and a rare UK appearance from Yeah Yeah Yeahs following last year’s reissue of Fever To Tell. On Saturday Iranian, industrial R&B songstress Sevdaliza offers trip-hop inspired tracks in the style of Portishead and FKA Twigs, BRIT School alumni and Tyler, The Creator collaborate Rex Orange County will be on hand with a new, soulful, festival ready catalogue, Toronto instrumentalists BADBADNOTGOOD – famed for collaborations with acts including Kendrick Lamar and Samuel T. Herring – are set to perform (but who from their black book will appear with them?), Lykke Li‘s back with a set that should be equal parts sad and sexy, and Lorde‘s sophistipop will no doubt allow for mass dance breakouts when Green Light drops. On the final day, Hot Chip‘s Alexis Taylor goes solo as his sweet vocals showcase recent, more experimental dance release, Beautiful Thing, the nation’s sudden favourite Aussie indie/disco sweethearts Parcels bring the funk from the other side of the globe, Django Django play Tic Tac Toe and get all up In Your Beat, as well as a few of older smash hits, Friendly Fires return takes them to the festival stage where frontman Ed Macfarlane‘s liquid hips belong, Father John Misty reads the news and his views over his music, and Beck‘s often forgotten long-list of anthems get given the greatest hits set treatment, hopefully with a heavy helping of last year’s Colours.
The rest: In between All Points East and APE Presents, In The Neighbourhood keeps Victoria Park visitors pointed towards culture, entertainment and, natually, delicious festival food stalls. There’s FREE outdoor cinema, with The Breakfast Club, Moana and Moulin Rouge! being shown, FREE sets from local bands – with a big focus on the brass (DAT BRASS and Hackney Colliery Band make appearances), FREE workshops including yoga, aerial circus performance and football, and, yes, lots more FREE stuff. Kicking things off on the Monday, All Points Equal will celebrate 100 years of votes for (some) women with film screening and a Q&A featuring Helen Pankhurst.
Tickets: 1, 2 and 3 day tickets are available from the official site, here. And with a line-up like this, surely they’re going to sell out pretty soon.
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