10 Acts We Loved At All Points East Festival
The inaugural All Points East festival kicked off our festival season here in London last weekend so we thought we'd round up our fave acts for you...
Last weekend saw thousands of festival goers descend upon London’s Victoria Park for the inaugural All Points East, a festival spectacular playing host to ground-breaking performances from some of the world’s biggest artists – and we were there to see what all the fuss was about.
The new festival embraced fans looking to kick off their summer of festivals in style, all while bathed in the glorious bank holiday weekend sunshine. We saw as much live music as we possibly could over the three days, including stunning headline sets from LCD Soundsystem, The xx and Björk, so we thought we’d round up some of the other acts on the line-up that we loved…
If you’re not aware of the powerhouse that is Superorganism yet then you must have been living under a rock for the past 12 months. The hype around this 8-piece collective hailing from Lancashire, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand has been real and we can see why.
They’re intriguing and cool but also making insanely catchy and relatable psychedelic pop and their live set reflects this perfectly with highlights being ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D’ and ‘Everybody Wants To Be Famous’.
One of the first acts we saw were Young Fathers and they set the standard very high. We’ve had their latest release Cocoa Sugar on repeat since its release earlier this year and it was SO good to hear of load of these tracks being performed live.
The Scottish hip-hop trio have been impressing fans and critics since they made waves winning the mercury prize back in 2011, beating the likes of Damon Albarn to take the coveted prize.
! EPIC NEW BAND ALERT ! We’ve been desperate to see Yonaka since they bounded onto the scene last year and their set on the Firestone stage at APE did not disappoint.
The Brighton four piece are killing it at the moment with their unique blend of metal, rock and hip-hop and we were bopping, and often head-banging, along with them during their set. Highlights came from their new track ‘F**king With The Boss’ and ‘Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya’ – if you see these guys on festival line-ups this summer, do not miss it!
Oxford quartet Glass Animals were made to perform in a field to hundreds of festival-goers and their set at All Points East gave us the perfect reason to be happy.
Name a more festival appropriate band, we’ll wait (armed with our pineapples)...
Oh how we love seeing MTV Brand New alum succeed, and Stefflon Don who was featured on our 2017 list is absolutely killing it right now.
Steff’s live show was one of the most energetic we saw all weekend, both on stage and getting the crowd going. Everyone collectively lost their sh*t when she played ’16 Shots’ and one of the biggest singalongs of the weekend was when she performed her hit single ‘Hurtin’ Me’.
Lorde is still riding that ‘Green Light’ wave and we’re SO glad she chose to perform at APE 2018. The 21-year-old has already taken the world by storm and she won over the huge London crowds last weekend too.
She’s been taking her sophomore album ‘Melodrama’ on the road for the last 12 months performing tracks such as ‘Homemade Dynamite’ and the heart-wrenching ‘Liability’ and her set at APE was one of the best we saw all weekend.
Arguably our favourite act from the whole weekend had to be French electronic music legends, Justice.
They took to the West Stage (a tent that was definitely the right environment for the weekend’s dance acts) fit with a purpose built light rig and played hit after hit to thousands of fans.
It’s no secret that here at MTV we’re Rex Orange County superfans so we jumped at the chance to see him perform at All Points East.
With the sun shining over Victoria Park, Rex’s set was the perfect match. Performing tracks from his various mixtapes/EPs (he’s yet to release an actual debut album but there is still plenty of material for us hardcore fans to play on repeat) such as ‘Best Friend’, ‘Sunflower’ and of course, ‘Loving Is Easy’ we were in heaven.
Since releasing their third album Marble Skies back in January we’ve had our love for Django Django reignited.
The London based quartet took to the North Stage at APE and we bopped along to their ever-unique indie rock. They performed loads of tracks from their latest release as well as classic (and our personal favourite track of theirs) ‘Default’.
Another band that went hand in hand with the glorious bank holiday weekend sunshine were St Alban’s trio Friendly Fires. They’ve just dropped the music video for their comeback single ‘Love Like Waves’ and it’s giving us ALL the summer vibes.
Their set at All Points East was AMAZING – they performed all the hits from their first two albums as well as two new tracks, and to top it all off they fired rainbow confetti into the crowd during their set closer ‘Kiss Of Life’. We’re SO glad to have Friendly Fires back in our lives and on festival line ups this summer and we can’t wait to be dancing in a field to them again very soon.
CHECK OUT ALL THE PICS FROM THE FESTIVAL HERE:
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