As the summer of 2019 begins and festivals are blooming, we started our festival season with London’s best, All Points East. For the ones who’ve never heard it before, All Points East is a 6-day city festival consisting of 2 weekends. It takes place at the Victoria Park in London on the last two weeks of May. The festival hosts hottest artists from various genres of music at its 4 different stages: the main stage East Stage, the second biggest one called North Stage, and the rest of the 2 stages named after the sponsors of that year. This year those stages were named after the mighty Jagerhouse and Firestone.

       This year the park was reserved from 24th May to 2nd of June, giving us space to release some tension by dancing and moshing. All of the line-ups were irresistible and compelling to anyone who were looking for a warm-up to upcoming festivals. For us, our eyes and ears were on the 31st May line-up including Bring Me The Horizon, Nothing But Thieves, Architects, Alice Glass and Vukovi. But first, let’s start from the first week.

       The festival opened its gates to a massive dance party led by The Chemical Brothers, Hot Chip, Jon Hopkins and Primal Scream on Friday the 24th. From our perspective, All Points East was mostly focused on indie/alternative/rock acts. So, adding stars from the electronic music scene to the bill reflected London’s diverse music taste well!

       The second day welcomed one of the most awaited bands of the festival, The Strokes. They have broken their silence in the UK after 4 years. The American band performed a sold-out gig to people who did not only go to see them by public transportation but also attracted ones from other countries such as Germany. Saturday the 25th was a parade of indie/alternative rock, blessed by Interpol, Courtney Barnett, Fat White Family, Dream Wife, Viagra Boys, Demob Happy and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets.

       Sadly, there were some complications with the sound system that shadows the greatness of the closure. While The Strokes were on stage, most of the audience reported that they couldn’t hear anything at all. That created a huge disappointment for those who travelled a long way to listen to their favourite bands. Apparently, the sound was on and a lucky few had a chance to hear their performance as they were standing at the very front of the stage. The festival management then released a statement saying:

“The sound quality at our shows has been of a consistently high standard since we started All Points East in 2018 and we were disappointed to learn that there was a sound issue in some areas of the site during The Strokes’ set. The sound engineers worked hard to address the problem as quickly as possible and, whilst it improved, we regret that a section of the audience didn’t have the audio experience that we expect for them.”

Well, hopefully The Strokes won’t leave us without their presence for another 4 years and we’ll have yet another fantastic set banging through the ceilings in London.

       On Sunday 26th, Christine and the Queens proved that they are coming after our hearts. Héloïse Letissier put out a magnificent show. She was the only female headliner of the 6-day festival! Before everyone was locked under her charm, James Blake, Maribou State, Ezra Collective and Princess Nokia showed what they’ve got. As Christine and the Queens performed their last song, the festival closed its gates until the following Friday to keep delivering performances that are not to miss!

Christine at the North Stage. Credit: Riot Magazine
Christine at the North Stage. Credit: Riot Magazine

Author: Simge Uncular

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