BEST OF THE FESTIVALS: APE PRESENTS

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Best for: Those who want to see their icons, and the acts they inspired.

Location: Victoria Park, London

Date: 1st, 2nd & 3rd June

Age: 0. This is the first year, hopefully of many.

Exclusives: It’s The National‘s only 2018 UK show, and their biggest to date.

The music: While All Points East almost melds to become one actual weekender festival, just without the camping, APE Presents are stand alone dates celebrating three huge acts, with a whole day of programming complimenting their indivudal sounds. On Friday, Catfish And The Bottlemen head up a day celebrating the best of indie/rock from the last few years. Joining them are Stockport’s finest Blossoms, hot on the heels of their second LP, The Hunna and, currently the only act not from the UK, The Neighbourhood. There are more acts to be announed, and judging by the pattern if you’re favourite band is a “The ______” band you’ve got a good chance of seeing them. The (there we go again) National top the bill on Saturday, which seems to be celebrating the more experimental side of alternative acts from the U.S. Synth-soaring acts The War On Drugs and Future Islands are present, alongside the dreamy Warpaint and the evolutionary Cat Power. Doing it for the Brits are spoken word sound samplers Public Service Broadcasting and folk-rock favourite This Is The Kit, with more to be announced. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds closes the inaugral APE double weekender on Sunday, supported by thinkers, poets, and activists Patti Smith, Courtney Barnett and Nadine Shah, alongside 2018 rock act to watch, Shame.

The rest: APE Presents is the sequel, in a way, to All Points East Festival. Find out about that, and what to expect from In The Neighbourhood in the days between the two, right here.

Tickets: Available here, but hurry – you do *not* want to risk a last minute disappointment.

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