All Points East

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All Points East

Time Out says

Chemical Brothers, Christine and Bon Iver are among headliners at this ten-day event featuring music, comedy, film screenings, street food and much more

Returning for a second year after its successful 2018 launch, All Points East is an eclectic 10-day festival that takes over Victoria Park in late May and early June. The opening and closing three-day weekends are given over to music, with 2019 headliners including Christine and the Queens, The Chemical Brothers, Bon Iver and Bring Me the Horizon. In between there are four days of community-driven entertainment on the site, with comedy, film screenings, street food and much more. Those four days are free to enter, with some ticketed events inside. All in all then, a pretty epic event.

Line-up includes: 

Fri May 24: The Chemical Brothers, Hot Chip, Primal Scream, Spirtualized, Little Dragon, Danny Brown, Little Simz, Ibibio Sound Machine

Sun May 26: Christine and the Queens, Metronomy, Maribou State, Beach House, Honne, Kurt Vile and The Violators, Toro Y Moi, Ezra Collective, Baloji, Rina Sawayama, Cuco

Fri May 31: Bring Me The Horizon, Run The Jewels, Nothing But Thieves, Idles, Scarlxrd, Yonaka

Sun Jun 2: Bon Iver, Mac DeMarco, First Aid Kit, John Grant, The Tallest Man On Earth, Julien Baker, Snail Mail, KOKOKO!

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tastemaker

Fantastic line up and production, great facilities and layout. For a London festival it had a great crowd and felt like an escape, unlike some which still feel very urban and commercial. My only comment is that it lacked personality and identity, there was nothing unique about All Points East which would make me return, other than to see bands I like that happen to be playing there.

Tastemaker

For a new festival it was extremely well run! Excellent bands, facilities, crowd control, just everything went smoothly! I managed to go on the Friday and enjoyed every second!

tastemaker

I loved APE so much- the organisation was great, felt so safe and there was great selection of food and drink! There were a few teething problems at the entrance but this did not affect the overall experience of the day. I mean, I loved it so much I bought tickets again for the week after to watch Catfish and the Bottlemen, where all teething problems had been ironed out!

There was such a great line up throughout the weekend/week and if I wasn't working I would have definitely taken advantage of the free film screenings throughout the week.

Something I was particularly impressed with was the walk from mile end station, so many security/ushers, it seemed they had really thought about the residents, right down to the portoloos along the walk.

I really can't wait until next year, if this was their first year, I can't wait to see what they have in store!

tastemaker

Went on the second day and really enjoyed Lorde and the XX! The weather was perfect for the event. Organisation was superb and great security. Lots of pop ups with food and drinks with gregarious, friendly and fun Staff.

Lorde was a revelation on stage and it was easy to be charmed and dance with her even if you know only three songs. Her enthusiasm and sweetness are contagious.

The XX was on another level altogether. They remind you at the beginning that they were born and bred Londoners and proud to return and perform in their favourite city! They are Amazing live - the music was rearrange for live audience and the lighting show was breathtaking. There was also a magical moment when - and I swear they arranged this - they had the lightings dance to the sky that started to drizzle if ever so slightly to On Hold. And since this was East London, everyone in the audience were singing and dancing to their music. Brilliant setlist and spectacular performance.

I am looking forward to next year

tastemaker

All Points East was one of the most well-organised festivals I've ever attended in London! I was only there for the Sunday but the queues to get in moved pretty quickly, there were hardly any queues for the bar and the site itself was spacious. The lineup for the festival's debut year was absolutely incredible so I can't wait to see who is on the bill in the future editions! 

tastemaker

I was blown away by the size and line-up of All Points East, especially seeing as it's a brand new festival!


Although there are still some technicalities to be worked out at the entrance, once you're inside everything runs smoothly. A great line-up of food, from halloumi fries to deli bagels, and a vast amount of drink stations ensures you have a cracking time. And then of course there's the line-up - we were running between major names like Glass Animals, LCD Soundsysem, Phoenix and more. It was amazing.


There are also some fun attractions like a swing ride, and the setting makes you feel like you're on a film set - the front of drink stations recall wild west saloons and cute French riviera apartments. It's so cute.


The fact that I can just hop on the tube and feel like I'm at a proper festival 20 minutes later definitely makes me think I will be returning next year - especially if the line-up is anywhere near as good as this year. Thanks guys, keep up the great work!

tastemaker

Another cracking little festival taking over the wonderful Victoria Park (one of the best in London in my opinion). All Points East is in it's fetal year meaning I was expecting some teething problems, alas, it went off without a hitch! I've been to a few festivals in the same park in my time and all have been overpriced and a nightmare to get into. APE had neither of these issues, it was roughly £5.50 for a pint (very decent) and only took 30 mins to get in! The line up was great, the overall ticket price was very reasonable (around £60) and generally had a lot to offer (in terms of food/bars/activities).


I would 100% recommend and go back next year! 

tastemaker

Another festival to take over Victoria park this summer! While Citadel has changed homes, the much better set up and all around great show, All Points East took the opportunity to use the free space! Both Friday and Saturday shows featuring LCD Soundsystem, Lorde and the XX had a great atmosphere and an eclectic mix of people enjoying the music. The covered tents were a bit hard to pack into and overwhelmingly hot, but outside, you could enjoy the performers without a problem. Drinks are easy to get and reasonably priced (for a festival) but the walk back to the station, especially when you have to walk past it and then back on yourself, never gets easier.

tastemaker

This was a lovely festival. Super well organised, especially at the end of the night all the way back to the station. I was really impressed! The music was great and there was always something going on. I was really pleased to see lots of veggie and vegan food choices around. Overall, I had a lovely day at All Points East!

tastemaker

This was a really well organised festival compared to many I've attended over the years in London. There were plenty of stages with a variety of genres of music and the headline acts over the three days were awesome. Facilities were excellent - lots of toilets, loads of great food options (although a little on the expensive side), and best of all, the bar queues were small so no painful queuing! There was loads of space so overcrowding wasn't an issue at all, and exiting the venue was very well organised and calm. I will definitely be back next year - a great day out!

Tastemaker

Another great festival in my local park. Even if you’re not local, it was really easy to get to the place as there were volunteers all the way from Bethnal Green showing the way. The queue experience was very smooth and I loved the facts that open water bottles were not confiscated, but their holders were made aware of the free water stations where they can use them.

The variety of food tracks, especially for vegans and vegetarians was amazing.

For those who came in a hurry there was a beauty station for make-up and hair makeover and generally fun activities if you needed to kill time in between the shows.

The gig I was most anticipating was Beck and I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve never seen him, but used to like him as a kid, so I was curious if his music can still do it to me. The gig was excellent, great sound, energy and wit. Sadly, mid performance half of the people started retracting to the East stage where Bjork was to play.

I had seen the Icelandic queen five times before, so I knew what to expect. But as much as I love her, they recent albums from which she mainly sang would have been experienced so much better in an intimate venue rather than at a mass event crowd with half of people completely not interested and talking all the time.

I was positively surprised how the area was utilised the next day during the 'In Neighbourhood' takeover. Apart from family activities, film screenings and crafts, there was an opportunity to see some young bands and try some circus tricks. The free events continued throughout the week, I think it was a great way  to say 'thank' you to the local community who had to put up with the noise for entire 10 days.

tastemaker

What a great start to the London Summer and Festival season!!! 


I headed off to the Saturday gig with The XX and Lorde as headliners. I have to say I really love seeing gigs at Victoria Park, theres so much space you don't feel nearly as claustrophobic..... unless your upfront at The XX hahaha 


There was around 5 different stages which means there was always different stuff going on. The food on offer was excellent (very little wait time - thank god!) and the drink selection was good but I have to say the bar staff were so so so so so so slow! I mean if you literally tap and go there shouldn't be a half hour line!!!! 


The atmosphere was super chilled out and happy vibes all round, the bands I saw were excellent and the dance tent for The XX was so much fun! 


I would highly rate this festival, extra bonus points for it being considerably less than others on offer! East London for the WWINNNNNN!!!! 

tastemaker

Highlight of my 2018 so far, seeing Lorde live! Last weekend, she graced London with her vocals and stage presence at All Points East Festival for a solid hour of pumping music. She's an amazing artist and I liked how she took time to speak to the crowds, which I think made us all feel more a part of her performance. With her backup dancers, they all put on quite a show! The finale was epic! Ending her set with her song, Green Light, there were neon green lights flashing on the stage followed by cannons popping out confetti, which were shaped in white stars with the golden lyrics of this song written on them: "That green light, I want it." 


I liked how large the venue was, Victoria Park is surrounded by a number of quaint restaurants, where my friend and I ate before Lorde's set. The festival itself also included several street food stalls, to keep everyone going through the day as well as several bars and ice cream vans! A perfect combination for the warm weather that Saturday! 

tastemaker

What a great way to kick off the London Summer Music Festival Season. Victoria Park is rated one of the best parks in London and All Points East might just be one of the best music festivals. The line-up was varied enough to appeal a variety of music aficionados, with LCD sound Systems, Lorde, The XX and Bjork. The permanent Despacio tent kept the groovers grooving and ravers raving. This festival should definitely be added to all festival lovers must-attend lists. 

Tastemaker

The festival was really well organised and I was pleased to see such a huge selection of food vendors inside, something for everyone! It was great having multiple stages that each had their own quirky design and theme. I didn't feel too crowded, if one bar was heaving with queues, we walked around the corner to another that was less busy. I think we were only a little unlucky with the timing of when we arrived, it seemed that everyone else had the same idea to turn up around 4:30/5PM and the queue through security was quite long, but there were absolutely no queues an hour later! I would recommend it, especially if your favourite music artists are in the line ups. 

tastemaker

We went on the Sunday, and had a great time all-round!

The festival as a whole was one of the better organised I've been to, and there was a decent selection of acts - Bjork and The Black Madonna on one day? Yes please! - so everyone we went with had something to keep them occupied.

The food and drink offerings were good, and there was a great party atmosphere, even though the line-up was a bit more of a chilled affair than the Friday or Saturday versions.

I would definitely go again, and look forward to this growing into an East London staple!

tastemaker

Hands down one of the best organised festivals I've been to - Victoria Park is an ideal urban (ish) setting for a gig of this scale and magnitude. Despite the large number of gig-goers, it felt not too overcrowded with lots of seating and chill-out areas. The bar queues were also kept to a minimum (although you had to pick your times for food, as some of the more popular food outlets just couldn't cope). The evening line-up on the Sunday evening was pretty good with Father John Misty, Beck, Friendly Fires (my personal highlight) plus the mighty Bjork, whose vociferous voice managed to keep a looming thunderstorm at bay (seriously!).  As a first time visitor to this particular festival, I'll definitely return next year - kudos to all those involved!

tastemaker

For a year one festival, I was really impressed to see how successful it became. To be honest, I wasn't expecting a large crowd on Friday, but I was proved wrong. Saturday was obviously more crowded.

I had an absolutely wonderful time. The line-up was not really my cup of tea. I didn't know many of the artists. But I enjoyed the performances I saw.

In terms of food, I was happy to see so many familiar traders and not just a random burger or hot dog stall. And it was great that a couple of vegan traders were there too.

Overall, it was a great experience and I hope for an even better line-up next year :p.