Review: All Points East 🎶
East London's newest music and community festival is a right corker
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A brand new, 10 day event in east London's lovely Victoria Park, All Points East is a three day music festival... and then some.
Though some critics have pointed to a lack of identity in terms of the genre of artists performing at APE, the line-up was IMO at least, pretty incredible... but then maybe that's because I listen to BBC Radio 6 on an almost constant loop? Either way, considering this was APE's first event, it was impressive.
Friday saw LCD Soundsystem, the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Phoenix, Glass Animals, and Young Fathers take to the stage, and Saturday was another lightening-lit corker with an atmospheric, especially electrified headliner from The xx (which I couldn't make in the end - cry, cry, cry) as well as Lorde, Lykke Li, Rhye, and more.
Sunday however, I did manage to get along to and boy, oh, boy was it a lovely one...
A few snaps from the AMAZE @allpointseastuk festival this weekend. Fave bits being queen @bjork, naturally 🦋🦋🦋 @beck and his fantastique backing band, and lots lots more @FriendlyFires, @thedjangos, @SylvanEsso 🌞 #musicfestival #london #queenofqueer pic.twitter.com/vHCgZGSyEz— Danielle Mustarde (@daniellejournal) 29 May 2018
Arriving at the festival early afternoon, we started off by taking a wander around the site which nestles neatly into the beautiful Victoria Park. With plenty of people of all ages and genders buzzing around, but enough space to not feel squeezed in, the festival had a real welcoming and relaxed vibe to it - with a big turn out from the queer community.
Performance-wise, first off, we checked out American electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso - otherwise known as Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn - in the under-cover, West Arena. Going from the sunny outdoors to the dark, laser light filled arena was surreal, but pretty damn awesome and the crowd were incredibly enthusiastic for 4pm on a Sunday afternoon.
After that, we decided to make the most of the afternoon sun checking out Django, Django, Tom Misch, Friendly Fires, and Father John Misty, before grabbing a "dirty vegan burger" at one of the many commercial and independent food stops on site. (Crucial side note: We also grabbed a peanut butter brownie from the brownie stand and it was truly fantastique).
After swinging by the Firestone stage for a couple of temporary tattoos - how could you not? - we made our way to the very, very lively and incredibly fun set by Beck and his top-notch backing band on the North Stage, before nipping into Jagermeister's on-site #JagerHaus for a couple of jager-soaked cocktails, making our way to the main, East Stage for Sunday's headliner and Icelandic queen of all that's mystical and queer, Björk.
She didn't disappoint. With a live band, incredible light show and dreamy, nature-inspired visuals to boot, Björk's pop-opera was pretty damn mesmerising - and that's not to mention the full moon glowing to the right of the stage as the sky darkened towards the end of her etheral, botanically-infused set.
As well as playing stuff from her newest album, Utopia (2017), she pulled out a couple of classics - think Human Behaviour - that had the crowd energised until the suitably mystical, queer-feeling finale to the end of the festival's first weekend.
All in all, newcomer to the festival circuit, All Points East has proved itself worthy of competing with many of the more well-established festivals taking place across the country this summer season.
On top of that, the APE festival grounds have now turned into the community hub, All Points East: In The Neighbourhood, a week full of free events including outdoor cinema, live music, street food, pop up bars, theatre, arts, sports and wellbeing, and stuff to do with the wee ones, ending with their APE Presents special gigs next weekend.
Whoever the line-up next year, (as we're sure there'll be a round two) here at DIVA we vote for an extra dollop of gender-diverse, queer, and BAME artists at next year's All Points East Festival to build upon the very LGBTQ+ welcoming foundations already laid at this year's community fest.
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