All Points East 2019: Beyond The Headliners

All Points East 2019

All Points East 2019

London, Vereinigtes Königreich


East London's choice expanse of greenery for hazy summer frolics, Victoria Park, will welcome All Points East for the second time in the coming days, having proved their mettle last year as a major city festival with an imperious lineup featuring modern greats like Nick Cave, Björk, and The xx.

The relative newbie has once again assembled a virtuous lineup of huge headline acts including The Chemical BrothersThe StrokesChristine & The QueensBring Me The HorizonMumford & Sons, and Bon Iver, but what differs noticeably this year is that the roster for each day feels tailored to compliment headliners, making it a near-certainty that you'll vibe most of the artists on the bill from top to bottom on each day. 

So whilst you may (and rightly so) be drawn to the promise of a stellar finale with each headlining artist, there's a glut of contemporary talent sewn into the lineup that can't be overlooked. Here are ten artists we've picked out that all warrant your attention, and which day to catch them:


Ibibio Sound Machine

 

Led by the ever-effusive Eno Williams, the afro-disco collective merge influences from each band member's musical heritage whether it's electronica, West African funk, or unrelenting post-punk. What they've created is an exuberant, beat-driven, and borderless myriad of sounds; a most danceable way to ease yourself into the weekend.

Which day? Friday, 24th May


David August

 

Classically trained musicians often dabble in the realm of organic electronica, and Hamburg-born David August is among the aforementioned. Rooted in human experience and emotion, August's brand of kaleidoscopic electronic music is expansive, complex, and borderline transcendental.

Which day? Friday, 24th May


Yak

 

Signed to Third Man Records (who's founder Jack White will be playing the same day with recently reformed The Raconteurs) for 2019's Pursuit Of Momentary Happiness, Yak possess the white-knuckle rawness of polymath Ty Segall and the swagger that 70s-era Rolling Stones boasted; in other words, their live shows are a royal fracas. 

Which day? Saturday, 25th May


Connan Mockasin

 

There's a wave of Antipodean artists making names for themselves globally, but Connan Mockasin was arguably one of the first. Well, from New Zealand at least. Mysterious, semi-reclusive, and loveably odd, Mockasin's languid, soulful oeuvre bridges the gap between Prince's sluttiness, and Mac DeMarco's comic nature. A freakish, but a sensual psychedelic treat.

Which day? Saturday, 25th May


Octo Octa

 

Brooklyn-based but Chicago-born, Maya Bouldry Morrison (aka Octo Octa) had a fertile, and maybe inescapable platform to produce dance music. Her dusky take on experimental house exudes both her anxieties and newfound confidence, yet, is unquestionably bound to the dancefloor.

Which day? Sunday, 26th May


Rina Sawayama

 

As a London resident, I'm positive Rina Sawayama's '90s-inspired pop/R'n'B will be warmly embraced by the home crowd. Whilst her aesthetic and sound are both tinged with TLC/Aaliyah nostalgia, Sawayama has one foot firmly in the future.

Which day? Sunday, 26th May


Yonaka

 

Fierce and heavy whilst championing infectious pop sensibilities, four-piece Yonaka borne of Brighton's south coast scene create powerfully emotive tracks that lie in the Venn diagram between polished metal and empowered pop. Embraced by publications like Kerrang!, and having previously toured with headliners Bring Me The Horizon, Yonaka are odds on to be the next female-led phenomenon mainstream rock music has been crying out for.

Which day? Friday, 31st May


IDLES

 

Quickly building a reputation for ferocious, sweat-laden shows, the socially-conscious progressive thinkers are currently one of the buzziest bands in Britain. If you haven't already heard of them, then shame on you. Check them out at All Points East, and I can guarantee, you'll get swept up in the abrasive punk whirlwind that is IDLES.

Which day? Friday, 31st May


The Staves

 

With harmonies so intrinsically in-tune and so rich, you'd think the trio had been practising since they were children. Well, considering they're siblings, this may be the case. Befriending Justin Vernon throughout the recording of If I Was and its subsequent tour, there's also a possibility that they'll be joining Bon Iver on stage, but don't use this as a deterrent to bask in their warm, graceful folk the day before.

Which day? Saturday, 1st June


Gwenno

 

While not all Welsh musicians have an affinity with the earthy psychedelia of yore, it seems to come so naturally to them; Gwenno typifies this, channelling both retrospective pop and sanguine folk aesthetics. She wrote her last album entirely in Cornish (and the one before that in Welsh), so though you may not understand her blissful, dazed chants, it won't matter one bit.

Which day? Sunday, 2nd June


All Points East 2019 takes place in London, England from 24 May - 2 June. Book your tickets and accommodation on our shop, and take a look at our guide for further info. 

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