This weekend will see the return of the hugely successful All Points East festival to London’s Victoria Park for its sophomore year. The weather is on the turn, the pollen count is climbing and summer is undoubtedly around the corner. A stellar lineup will be gracing London’s oldest public park over a whopping 6 days of headline acts, with a 4-day programme of free community events running between the two weekends.
Perhaps more so than most other festivals, APE seems set on delivering a distinct genre for each day of the festival, with all of Friday’s acts fitting more-or-less into the indie-electronic bracket. Rightly so the party will start big, with electronica legends the Chemical Brothers headlining the first night – their brand-new album ‘No Geography’ fresh off the press. Also on the roster for Friday are the delightfully effervescent Hot Chip – also with a new album on the way, and the seemingly-born-for-the-festival Primal Scream.
One artist that should be on everyone’s radar for Friday is the deliciously groovy afro-funk band Ibibio Sound Machine, who fuse lavish soul and disco sounds with African rhythms and melodies. Formed in London in 2013 and fronted by London-born Nigerian Eno Williams, the band already has two albums under their belt, with more exciting work on the way.
Also unmissable is the inimitable Peggy Gou, a fantastic Korean artist who over the past few years has experienced a meteoric and worldwide rise to fame. Bringing together elements of techno, house and abstracted melodies, Peggy Gou is bringing something fresh and exciting to the electronic music scene and her set at APE will undoubtedly deliver.
John Hopkins and Elder Island will both bring something a little more stripped back, but no less enjoyable to the festival, and Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano will no doubt be bringing some of her signature fire. What’s certain is that with this line-up, Londoners won’t be able to resist dancing, and with everything going on in the world right now, we could all certainly afford to cut loose for a day or two.