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The beats from the east

After a hugely successful debut, The Chemical Brothers, The Strokes, and Christine & The Queens are among the headline acts for the second All Points East festival

11 April, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab

The Chemical Brothers will be at Victoria Park next month for this year’s All Points East

ALL Points East crashed into the London music festival scene last year and promptly set up home in Victoria Park with the confidence of one of its more seasoned competitors.

Attracting a strong line-up for its debut with the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The National, Bjork, The xx, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Beck, APE set the bar high for its return this year.

This year’s line-up demonstrates an intention to show that 2018 wasn’t a one-off, with a mixed roster of headliners including The Chemical Brothers, The Strokes, Christine & The Queens, Bring Me The Horizon, Mumford & Sons and Bon Iver, and an even more exciting programme of support acts.

Aside from the obvious main stage headliners, an edgy mix of established and emerging artists has been laid on at the JägerHaus stage with acts so far announced including the ever-intriguing Gruff Rhys, a rare live set from electronica act Gold Panda, warm leftfield electronic grooves from Romare, and tropical pop from reggae royalty Hollie Cook.

Christine and the Queens

Other names to have been revealed so far include Self Esteem, Gwenno, Gabe Gurnsey (live), Rosie Lowe, Cassia, Billy No Mates, Black Country New Road, Cola Boyy, Dirty Freud (live), Deep Deep Water, Gently Tender, Los Bitchos, Madison McFerrin, Miya Folick, Pregoblin, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Retiree, Rina Mushonga, The New Coast, VC Pines, Westerman, Zapatilla, Zuzu and Zdot Soundsystem (with Eyez, Capo Lee, Alika, Jafaris & Isaiah Dreads).

As with last year, APE has taken a leaf out of Hyde Park’s British Summer Time concerts and has also put together a mid-week half-term four-day programme of activities and entertainment – In the Neighbourhood, with free outdoor cinema, live music and entertainment and street food, pop-up bars, theatre, arts, sports and wellbeing, children’s activities and much more. The full line-up is as follows – although there are promises of many more names to be announced:

Friday, May 24

Chemical Brothers, Hot Chip, Primal Scream, Little Dragon, Danny Brown, Little Simz and Ibibio Sound Machine.

Saturday, May 25

The Strokes’ first UK performance in four years, The Raconteurs’ first UK performance since 2008, Interpol, Johnny Marr, Parquet Courts, former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, Connan Mockasin, Anna Calvi, The Nude Party and Viagra Boys.

Sunday, May 26

Christine & The Queens, whose 2016 debut album, Chaleur Humaine, sold 1.3 million records + Metronomy, Maribou State, Beach House, HONNE, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Toro Y Moi, Ezra Collective, Bali, Rina Sawayama and Cuco.

Midweek – In The Neighbourhood

A packed free programme of events with details to be announced.

Friday, May 31

Bring Me The Horizon – the band’s first-ever headlining festival set and only headlining show of 2019, Run The Jewels; Nothing But Thieves; Idles, Scarlxrd. JägerHaus stage: DIY Magazine take over for Jäger Curtain Call, delivering an incredible line-up of high-energy music from Warmduscher, Lady Bird, Girli, Squid, Heavy Lungs, 404 and DIY DJs.

Saturday, June 1

Mumford & Sons bring Gentlemen of the Road to APE, with Leon Bridges, Dizzee Rascal, The Vaccines, Dermot Kennedy, Sam Fender, Jade Bird, Gretta Ray and Dizzy.

Sunday, June 2

Double Grammy Award-winning Bon Iver playing their biggest headlining show ever with Chicago’s Ezra Furman, who recently provided the soundtrack to Netflix show Sex Education, atmospheric Australian musician Ry X, Alabama indie-folk artist Phosphorescent, talented flamenco guitarist Charlie Cunningham, Canadian songwriter Mac DeMarco, Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit, cult influential US singer-songwriter John Grant, Kristia Matsson – aka Tallest Man On Earth, songwriter Julien Baker, break-out indie stars Snail Mail and Congolese collective KOKOKO, who fuse their love of electronic music with African and Arabic sounds. There’s even more intrigue on the JägerHaus stage as Bill Ryder-Jones, Gwenno, Westerman, Black Country, New Road, Gently Tender, Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi (DJ Set), Drowned In Sound DJs and Los Bitchos will be keeping the music flowing all day.

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