New Lon­don mega-fes­ti­val All Points East had its inau­gu­ra­tion week­end over the Bank Hol­i­day. The 10-day event has tak­en over Vic­to­ria Park, up till now the home each sum­mer to Love­box and a per­son­al favourite, Field Day. We head­ed to All Points East on the Sun­day, with Bjork set to headline.

Once through secu­ri­ty and enjoy­ing a first laze in the sun wait­ing for Khru­ang­bin, we were intrigued to notice a run of shops flank­ing the main stage: the Here­ford Brew­ing Com­pa­ny – sounds intrigu­ing! A vinyl shop, well why not! And a bar­bers! On clos­er inspec­tion all became clear, the sig­nage was mere dec­o­ra­tion, above what was in fact a very long bar, sell­ing Red Stripe and not much else. Once over the ini­tial dis­ap­point­ment, we drank.. er, Red Stripe and rose (at £13 for a half bottle). 

If you want to lie on the grass soak­ing up the sun, Texas 3‑piece Khru­ang­bin (pho­to at top) deliv­er just the right musi­cal back­drop: a sen­su­al­ly flow­ing Latin /global mix with a film sound­track qual­i­ty. But there are also touch­es of The Grate­ful Dead and Love, hints of some­thing more sul­try which give this band an extra edge. Khru­ang­bin may suit sun­bathing ses­sions in the park but then again, they would be per­fect to accom­pa­ny that last drink in a late night bar. 

Lay­out-wise, APE did­n’t seem to have come up with any­thing dif­fer­ent from Field Day: there’s the same wind­ing route from one major stage to the oth­er, set­ting the food stalls in the mid­dle, plus All Points East have added a giant spi­der-like dome for DJs.

Part of the rea­son for head­ing to APE was to catch the first UK appear­ance of Mat­tiel. The Geor­gia native appeared on the tee­ny Fire­stone stage (stage sizes at APE were either huge or toy­town sized, noth­ing in between). She appeared ner­vous and com­ment­ed on the heat but as the set got going, the crowds grew, the applause increased and Mat­tiel relaxed, even tak­ing off her boots and socks half way through, to strut bare­foot around the stage. Her mate­r­i­al is a mix of rock­a­bil­ly, south­ern rock and Amer­i­cana, with high­light tracks Whites of Their Eyes and cur­rent sin­gle Count your Bless­ings. Recent­ly being picked up by the Heav­en­ly label hope­ful­ly means she’ll return to these shores. Her only oth­er appear­ance in the UK is at The Lex­ing­ton this week and has long been sold out.


Alex­is Tay­lor deliv­ered a shim­mer­ing, stand­out set in the after­noon, with a few num­bers from Beau­ti­ful Thing, the title track, Sus­pi­cious of Me and Oh Baby. The sound was impec­ca­ble and the set was uplift­ing and upbeat. Next up on the same stage were Djan­go Djan­go: for some rea­son their sound was muf­fled. Rebec­ca Tay­lor, now per­form­ing solo as Self Esteem, joined them on stage for the catchy Sur­face to Air, which she sings on their most recent album Mar­ble Skies

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Father John Misty was the per­fect ear­ly-evening main-stage choice, and he attract­ed an ador­ing crowd as he deliv­ered a ‘hits heavy’ set, com­plete with orches­tra. The main attrac­tion of the night was Bjork: this was a pow­er­ful and beau­ti­ful set, a dream­like piece of the­atre into which you could almost dive head­long. Bjork’s voice soared over an orches­tral accom­pa­ni­ment of elvish fig­ures. How­ev­er it was not nec­es­sar­i­ly the best way to end a fes­ti­val: much of the tired, woozy and sun-soz­zled crowd seemed more inter­est­ed in chat­ting. Despite the dra­mat­ic out­door set­ting, with light­ning send­ing puls­ing waves through the clouds for added effect, the show would be much bet­ter suit­ed to an indoor seat­ed venue.

Father John Misty
Father John Misty

All Points East was smooth run­ning – from the brisk air­port-style secu­ri­ty to the mega-effi­cient queue-free bars and clean toi­lets. There was an ade­quate if not imag­i­na­tive choice of food plus free water points. All the stages were out­doors so there’s no shel­ter in case it rains. The event was a bit thin on music choic­es through­out the late after­noon – I could see a case for adding an extra stage – maybe some­thing a bit more exper­i­men­tal, but on the whole, this was a promis­ing start to a new addi­tion to Lon­don’s day festivals.

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Did you attend All Points East? What did you think?

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