All Points East: Alexis Taylor, Mattiel and Bjork shine

New London mega-festival All Points East at Victoria Park offered sparkling lineups: the first Sunday introduced slinky Texan outfit Khruangbin, followed by a dancey set from Alexis Taylor. Father John Misty offered lush vocals to a mellow early evening crowd before Bjork’s fantastical set ended the evening

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The best of festivals for 2017

Rejoice – festival season is just around the corner. So what’s in store for 2017?  There’s definitely a trend towards offering debates, talks and workshops. And kids are well catered for with high quality and original learning activities, take Bluedot’s Planetarium and Bearded Theory’s OFSTED approved school. But hey, let’s not get too serious about it all. Festivals primarily…

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Field Day festival 2016

I was tempted to call this piece “A Tale of Two Festivals”. Saturday at Field Day 2016 was primarily geared towards a mid-twenties crowd, with plenty of dance music and DJs on offer. The centre of the site featured the festival’s delightful Village Mentality area where games and general silliness were in full flow on the ‘village green’, complete with hay…

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Field Day curate a street-food feast

Field Day festival has built a reputation for intelligent curation and securing exclusives – this year PJ Harvey and James Blake are headlining, with artists such as Floating Points, Blossoms, Goat and Fat White Family as part of the eclectic lineup. I’ll always be grateful to Field Day for managing to entice the elusive Mazzy Star onto their stage in 2012. The team are working similar magic…

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Review: Field Day, Victoria Park 2012

I’ve been to a number of Wireless and assorted day festivals in Hyde Park but generally not been won over. Prefer to wander around the arena knowing my tent, a cup of tea and a snooze on a musty sleeping bag are only a stroll away. But Field Day in east London’s Victoria Park was a…

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