Top Acts to see at All Points East
After having great success in its inaugural year All Points East returns in 2019 brighter, louder and even more diverse, with a selection of bands and DJs at the very top of their game. Whether headline live electronic and guitar acts are your thing, or your ear is constantly locked into the underground up and comers on the cusp of blowing up, there is something for everyone. A running theme evident in the artists playing the festival are that many are not possible to pigeon hole under one genre and all offer plenty of originality.
Based in the heart of London at Victoria Park and taking place across not one, but two full weekends between Friday 24th May – Sunday 2nd June, All Points East is now one of the bigger festivals on the circuit to firmly jump out on the calendar. Alongside the outstanding household names on offer and digging deeper into the festival menu, exclusive stage curations and community activities will be on offer throughout the ten days.
To ease your planning headache for the weekend, we picked out some of our highlights from the wide range of artists that are playing across the stages who we recommend that you take the time to watch.
The Chemical Brothers
Fresh off the back of their ninth, yes ninth studio album and showing no signs of slowing down, the mighty Chemical Brothers headline the first night of the festival, with their monumental live show. A duo who have always been at the forefront of pioneering dance music that has made its way into pop culture, but has never lost its authenticity, you will be sure to hear plenty of their classic tunes alongside some lesser known, however equally awe-inspiring gems. On their new album they have once again reinvented themselves by using some of their old studio gear and creating new styles with fantastic emerging vocalists. The strobes, lasers and images of their live show will be a treat for the senses.
The dance crossover heavy hitters continue with Jon Hopkins bringing his mesmerizing musical palette of lush melodies, explosive bass heavy beats and ambient reflective moments to create a live experience that is cinematic in nature and incomparable. His most recent album ‘Singularity’ demonstrated this unique quality of his. Special moments will be created, and he is definitely not one to be missed.
If you were anywhere near a radio or club last summer there is no doubt that you will have heard Peggy Gou’s ‘It Makes You Forget’, the freshness and vibrancy of her classic house inspired productions combined with her own native Korean vocals has travelled around the world and is propelling her at an exceptional rate to being one of dance music’s biggest stars. Her new release ‘Starry Night’ proves that it wasn’t a one off, she is firmly here to stay and will provide a sense of fun and a feel-good atmosphere on her Peggy Gou presents ‘Gou Talk’ stage also featuring the likes of Optimo and DMX Krew.
From the post-dubstep era to global stardom, James Blake’s journey has been fascinating. He has developed his early UK bass influenced emotive electronic productions into glistening, emotive pop music with substance. After both collaborating and touring with some of the biggest US artists and following the release of ‘Assume Form’, his latest LP, he has taken his work to the next level. A set that will display the softer, quieter sounds during the festival, but will be equally as absorbing and powerful as anything else on offer.
Andrew Weatherall is a King of the electronic underground in the UK. With a career that has spanned almost 40 years, he is a DJ and producer that has stayed genuine to his craft throughout, a true selector with a musical knowledge that most would not become educated with in two lifetimes on the planet. Alongside some of his more well-known work remixing high profile guitar bands, he also has a penchant for slow outer space dance floor chuggers, dub and classic post-punk frenzy, as those who listen to his regular NTS radio show will know. Expect the unexpected, but whatever you hear it will no doubt be something you’re trying to find out the ID of post-festival. It’ll be well worth heading to the official after party at the Hangar venue on the Sunday evening, where Weatherall will be headlining, to finish off the first weekend in style.
The enigmatic Yves Tumor will be showcasing his full band live show featuring tracks that move through styles never definable but constantly intriguing. He will be creating a dark, trance-like mood through field recordings, obscure hypnotic rhythms and tender periods. Presenting himself equally as abstractly and fluid as the music he creates, be prepared for a captivating, gripping adventure with Sean Bowie.
For house music with deep thought and emotion put into its creation, Octo Octa will be found on the Moxie Presents stage. The Brooklyn based artist was brought up on a diet of breakbeat and jungle and these influences can still be heard throughout her work which includes plenty of charming piano melodies and warm basslines. Releasing on labels including 100% silk, Honey Soundsystem and most recently Ninja Tune offshoot Technicolour, forward thinking sounds to make you dance will be on display in abundance.
All Points East Festival takes 24 May – 02 June 2019, Victoria Park, London, E3.
Tickets available from here