Festival Preview: What To Expect From All Points East

The festival market is HUGE. There are hundreds to choose from in the UK alone. So, taking a huge leap and starting a brand new one in the current landscape is a risky decision. How do you stand out?

Well, it helps to be backed by the organisers of Coachella, and to slot in at a venue that’s been part of the scene for a while. All Points East will take place in London’s Victoria Park this weekend, and it’s being pitched as a fest for discerning music fans.

It arrives complete with claims of the best sound the park has ever heard, along with the obligatory fairground rides and hipster street food vans. But the real answer to standing out? Same as it ever was. Get the right line up.

On paper, the All Points East bill is forward-thinking, eclectic, and most of all cool. Just like you, right? First up, comeback kings LCD Soundsystem take over the East Stage on Friday night. Last September saw the release of their critically acclaimed comeback ‘American Dream’, the first new material from the Brooklyn dance-punks since their 2011 Madison Square Garden sign off.

Frontman James Murphy will be hitting the decks throughout the weekend too, with his side project Despacio – a collaboration with David and Stephen Dewaele of Soulwax and 2manydjs.

The Saturday night headliners showcase smooth laid back beats, distinctive vocals, flawless productions skills and even a Mercury Prize – it could only be the XX. The idea will very much be to lose yourself in a concoction of Jamie XX, Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim’s vocal plaits, delicate reverb and ambient backgrounds.

Sunday’s headliner might be one of the most eclectic singers of a generation, and one of the few genuine legends we have left. Björk will draw a line under things with colourful art-pop and avant-garde everything. There’s a decent gender balance on the bill – no, it ain’t a 50/50 split, we’re a long way off that yet – but it is far more diverse than some.

Across the weekend, expect to see performances from genre-spanning giants like Sampha, the international-pop-band-of-the-moment Superorganism, the returning shimmering indie band Friendly Fires, as well as the hugely popular Lorde, Father John Misty, Glass Animals, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Stefflon Don, Soulwax… you get the picture.

Thankfully, there isn’t too much overlap in terms of stage clashes – a sticking point often met with disappointment from die-hard festival-goers. On this bill, the most difficult decision you’ll make will be between Flying Lotus 3D and Father John, or Rex Orange County and Laura Misch.  

Possibly one of the most interesting parts of All Points East is the accompanying side shows. They make the festival feel like more of a sprawl, with an eclectic list of big names set to step in. On June 1, indie types Catfish and the Bottlemen like will be joined by fellow indie types Blossoms and the Hunna, while the National take over on Saturday June 2 with their biggest headline show to date.

Support there comes from from the War On Drugs, Public Service Broadcasting, This Is The Kit and loads more, while Nick Cave and some particular Bad Seeds close the entire event – after sets from none other than Patti Smith, St. Vincent and Courtney Barnett – on June 3.

All Points East is an interesting proposition. It could be big, judging from the organisers and stellar line up. By the time Björk is done with us, it might be one of those events that elicits a response of jealousy and awe from your mates.

But it if it sounds like an overload of great bands all in one go, you’re also possibly on the money. Like most festivals it’ll likely be chaotic, expensive, and difficult to see past the tall guy in front of you while Matt Berninger does his thing or the many colours of Beck pass you by.

These are the risks, but early suggestions are that All Points East will hand you some of the best around on a historical-park-shaped platter.

 

When? May 25 – June 3

Where? Victoria Park, London

How much? £39.95 – £169.95

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Staff Picks: Huw Baines

Hello. My favourite thing about end of year lists is finding stuff that I missed out on the first time around. In that spirit, here’s a massive stack of records I enjoyed this year (and some wibble that I wrote about some of them) in no particular order.

I hope that this time next year my list will consist of a single album by Dillinger Four.

  • The Menzingers – After The Party [Listen] [Read]
  • Open City – Open City [Listen]
  • The New Lows – All Our Roads [Listen]
  • Priests – Nothing Feels Natural [Listen]
  • Craig Finn – We All Want The Same Things [Listen] [Read]
  • Lorde – Melodrama [Listen]
  • Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs – Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs [Listen]
  • Vacation – Southern Grass: The Continuation of Rock ‘n’ Roll Vol 1 & 2 [Listen]
  • Propagandhi – Victory Lap [Listen] [Read]
  • Worriers – Survival Pop [Listen] [Read]
  • Upper Wilds – Guitar Module 2017 [Listen]
  • Katie Von Schleicher – Shitty Hits [Listen] [Read]
  • AFI – The Blood Album [Listen]
  • Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory [Listen]
  • Daddy Issues – Deep Dream [Listen]
  • The Hold Steady – Entitlement Crew b​/​w A Snake In The Shower [Listen]
  • The Smith Street Band – More Scared of You Than You Are of Me [Listen] [Read]
  • Cayetana – New Kind of Normal [Listen]
  • SZA – CTRL [Listen]
  • Direct Hit/Pears – Human Movement [Listen]
  • The Dopamines – Tales of Interest [Listen]
  • Mobina Galore – Feeling Disconnected [Listen]
  • Crusades – This is a Sickness and Sickness Will End [Listen]
  • The Lillingtons – Stella Sapiente [Listen]
  • Daniel Romano – Modern Pressure [Listen]
  • The Eradicator – The Eradicator [Listen]
  • Starter Jackets – Preferred Stock 7” [Listen]
  • Pillow Queens – Calm Girls 7” [Listen] [Read]
  • Radiator Hospital – Play The Songs You Like [Listen]
  • Torres – Three Futures [Listen]
  • Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds From Another Planet [Listen]
  • Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm [Listen]
  • Sheer Mag – Need To Feel Your Love [Listen]
  • Perfume Genius – No Shape [Listen]
  • Thunder Dreamer – Capture [Listen]
  • Charly Bliss – Guppy [Listen] [Read]
  • Allison Crutchfield – Tourist in This Town [Listen]
  • Wax Bottles – Wax Bottles [Listen]
  • Algiers – The Underside of Power [Listen] [Read]
  • Kendrick Lamar – DAMN [Listen]
  • Big Thief – Capacity [Listen]
  • Princess Nokia – 1992 Deluxe [Listen]
  • White Reaper – The World’s Best American Band [Listen]
  • Onsind – We Wilt, We Bloom [Listen]
  • Alvvays – Antisocialites [Listen]
  • Great Grandpa – Plastic Cough [Listen]
  • The Flatliners – Inviting Light [Listen] [Read]
  • Converge – The Dusk in Us [Listen]
  • Julien Baker – Turn Out The Lights [Listen] [Read]
  • The Bronx – V [Listen] [Read]
  • Capitalist Kids – Brand Damage [Listen]
  • Katie Ellen – Cowgirl Blues [Listen]
  • Jessie Ware – Glasshouse [Listen]
  • Caves – Always Why [Listen]
  • The Preatures – Girlhood [Listen] [Read]
  • Girl Ray – Earl Grey [Listen] [Read]
  • Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms [Listen]
  • The National – Sleep Well, Beast [Listen]
  • Makthaverskan – III [Listen]
  • Wolf Parade – Cry Cry Cry [Listen]
  • A Giant Dog  -Toy [Listen]
  • The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding [Listen]
  • The Yawpers – Boy in a Well [Listen]
  • Feist – Pleasure [Listen]
  • The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions [Listen]
  • Aimee Mann – Mental Illness [Listen]
  • Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked At Me [Listen]
  • Hurray For The Riff Raff – The Navigator [Listen]
  • The Shins – Heartworms [Listen]
  • Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone [Listen]
  • Career Suicide – Machine Response [Listen]
  • Tim Darcy – Saturday Night [Listen]
  • Telethon – The Grand Spontanean [Listen]
  • Future Virgins – Dirty Smiles 7″ Anthology [Listen]
  • Needles // Pins – Good Night, Tomorrow [Listen]
  • Lemuria – Recreational Hate [Listen]

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Tour Of The Week: Lorde

Lorde has announced UK shows as part of her Melodrama world tour. Lorde tickets are on sale now, priced £32.50 plus fees.

The tour shares its name with the alt-pop star’s new LP, out now, and takes in stops in Manchester, London, Brighton, Birmingham and Glasgow in September and October.

Lorde Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Tue September 26 2017 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Wed September 27 2017 – LONDON Alexandra Palace
Sat September 30 2017 – BRIGHTON Centre
Sun October 01 2017 – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham
Mon October 02 2017 – GLASGOW O2 Academy Glasgow

Click here to compare & buy Lorde Tickets at Stereoboard.com.

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This Week’s New Releases: Lorde, Royal Blood And Beth Ditto

This week is bonkers! You’ve got Lorde finally releasing the follow up to 2013’s ‘Pure Heroine’, Royal Blood returning with a sophomore LP and former Gossip vocalist Beth Ditto putting out her debut solo album. There’s also new records from Ride, Big Boi, Fleet Foxes and 2 Chainz.

But if none of that is up your street there’s a lot more on offer below.

2 Chainz – ‘Pretty Girls Like Trap Music’ (Def Jam)

Alison Moyet – ‘Other’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Beth Ditto – ‘Fake Sugar’ (Virgin EMI)

Big Boi – ‘Boomiverse’ (Sony)

Young Thug – ‘Beautiful Thugger Girls’

Broadside – ‘Paradise’ (Victory)

Com Truise – ‘Iteration’ (Ghostly International)

The Drums – ‘Abysmal Thoughts’ (Anti-)

Fleet Foxes – ‘Crack-Up’ (Nonesuch)

Hey Violet – ‘From The Outside’ (Virgin EMI)

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit – ‘The Nashville Sound’ (Southeastern/Thirty Tigers)

Kevin Morby – ‘City Music’ (Dead Oceans)

Lorde – ‘Melodrama’ (Virgin)

Matthew Sweet – ‘Tomorrow Forever’ (Honeycomb Hideout)

Nickelback – ‘Feed The Machine’ (BMG)

Oh Wonder – ‘Ultralife’ (Island)

Portugal. The Man – ‘Woodstock’ (Warner)

Ride – ‘Weather Diaries’ (Wichita)

Royal Blood – ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’ (Warner Bros)

Royal Trux – ‘Platinum Tips And Ice Cream’ (Domino)

Steve Earle – ‘So You Wannabe An Outlaw’ (Warner Bros)

The Strypes – ‘Spitting Image’ (Virgin EMI)

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Top Tours This Week: Harry Styles, Lorde, The Libertines, Wolf Alice, Mastodon, Alter Bridge, Nelly, The Vamps and more…

Harry Styles

Harry Styles has extended his world tour into 2018 with 56 new shows, including five UK arena dates in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and two nights at the O2 Arena in London between April 7 and 16.
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Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 16, prices start at £45.00 plus fees.


Lorde

Lorde has announced UK dates as part of her Melodrama world tour with stops planned in Manchester, London, Brighton, Birmingham and Glasgow this autumn. The run shares its name from the alt-pop star’s new LP, which is out on June 16.
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Tickets are on sale at 10am on June 16, priced at £32.50 plus fees.


The Libertines

The Libertines will bring their …Tiddely Om Pom Pom tour to seaside venues, including stops in Blackpool, Hull, Plymouth, Scarborough, Lowestoft and Brighton, alongside a set at Margate’s By the Sea festival, this autumn.
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Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 16, priced £30.00/£35.00 plus fees. Click here for pre-sale tickets.


Mastodon

Following their set at Download festival over the weekend, the Georgia metallers have confirmed plans to head to Cardiff, Wolverhampton, Nottingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester and London in December.
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Tickets are on sale at 10am on June 16, prices start at £27.50/£29.50 plus booking fees. Click here for pre-sale tickets.


Alter Bridge

Alter Bridge will be accompanied by the 52-piece Parallax Orchestra for their first shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall on October 2 and 3.
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Tickets are on general sale at 10am on June 16, prices start at £40.00 plus fees.


Wolf Alice

The indie quartet will put out ‘Visions of a Life’ on September 29, with November shows to follow in Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Nottingham, Birmingham, Norwich, Leeds, Brighton, Southampton, London, Belfast and Dublin.
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Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 16, priced £19.00/£22.00 plus fees.


Nelly

The American rapper will play shows in Southampton, Oxford, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dublin, Belfast, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Norwich, Bexhill On Sea, Nottingham, Cambridge and Southend On Sea between November 13 and December 5.
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Tickets will go on general sale at 9am on June 16, priced £27.50/£32.50 plus fees.


The Vamps

The boyband will head out in July, calling in Birmingham and Manchester, where they will play matinee and evening dates, plus Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle, Sheffield and London as part of their Night & Day – Up Close and Personal tour.
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Tickets are on sale at 10am on June 17, priced £12.00/£16.00/£18.00 plus fees.


Also announced this week, so far

Toto, Good Charlotte, Motionless In White, Rise Against, Opeth, The Cadillac Three, Five Finger Death Punch, Anathema, Leftfield, Bright Light Bright Light, Tower of Power, The Sherlocks, Emily Barker, SikTh, The Wedding Present, Run The Jewels, Papa Roach, Airbourne, Andrew W.K, Future Horizons, Wesley Gonzalez, DMA’s, Manchester Orchestra, King King, The Strypes, Plan B, Trailer Trash Tracys, Martine McCuthcheon, Julia Jacklin, Milburn, King No-One, Marika Hackman, Paul Weller, Little Dragon, The Doobie Brothers, Gun, Eliza And The Bear, Fozzy, Hardcore Superstar, Van Morrison, Angus And Julia Stone, Charly Bliss, Timber Timbre, Band Of Skulls, Harlem Globetrotters, Bayside, Nerina Pallot, Sarah Close, Beans On Toast, Skinny Lister, Joss Stone and more!

For more information and to find your tickets visit: http://www.stereoboard.com/ticket-news

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On This Day In Music: Happy Birthday Joni Mitchell, Lorde, Tinie Tempah and Neil Hannon!

On November 7, 1943 Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell was born. She shares her birthday with Lorde, Tinie Tempah, Neil Hannon of Divine Comedy and Texas vocalist Sharleen Spiteri. Happy birthday all!

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List It: The Best Live Shows Of 2014

Best Live 2014

December is rapidly slipping through the hourglass and, before you know it, Santa will be turning up for his annual bout of home invasions. Our year end lists are being pruned and primped (some great stuff heading your way soon) but here, as an amuse-bouche of sorts, our scribblers have chimed in with their live highlights of 2014.

Get on the old Twitter or Facebook to let us know which shows knocked you for six in the last 12 months, you lovely people, you.

Lorde – O2 Academy Brixton, London – June 6, 2014

The sort of show that restores your faith in pop music. One of two relatively low-key London dates, this was a visceral look at one of the most intriguing artists currently operating and a joyous occasion, one where Team, complete with a costume change and a pulsing light show, threatened to lift the roof clean off one of the country’s most famous venues. – Huw Baines

Andrew W.K. – The Haunt, Brighton – July 20, 2014

Quite possibly the funnest thing since Call Of Duty marathons were invented. Andrew W.K. caused complete carnage here with nothing but his keyboard and a hairy-shouldered hype-man. Fans swarmed the stage, human lemmings launched themselves from ledges and security were pooing their pants as Party Hard was unleashed. Indeed, Brighton partied hard. – Alec Chillingworth

Wolf Eyes – Cafe OTO, London – August 2, 2014

Contending gigs range from 65daysofstatic to Neutral Milk Hotel to Swans, but the visceral thrill of Wolf Eyes cannot be matched. Messrs Bajo, Olson and Young stalked the floor with their own distinctive brand of menace and London’s top avant-garde venue erupted in the face of the trio’s splintering noise. – Ben Bland

Against Me! – Bierkeller, Bristol – November 13, 2014

The first show of their first UK headline tour since the release of ‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues’. Read sweaty, screaming fans grabbing each other to sing along to hits old and new. I ended up covered in beer and smiling. Ideal. – Laura Johnson

James – O2 Academy Brixton, London – November 21, 2014

James remain an enthralling live act, from Tim Booth’s erratic dancing to Andy Diagram’s trumpet. Brixton welcomed them like the legends they are and they produced a riveting set, with Booth’s infectious presence enough to lift even the most despondent of souls. – Graeme Marsh

Kasabian – O2 Academy Brixton, London – December 1, 2014

The old songs sounded fresh and revitalised, the new songs slotted in seamlessly for a stream of hit after hit. Tom and Serge are the perfect double act and their arrogant ‘swag’ only adds to the show. That the amazing Maccabees tagged along as support serveed as the cherry on the cake. – Katie Territt

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This Week’s New Releases: One Direction v Savages & Bo Ningen v Lorde And Friends

It’s a new week and those new releases just keep on coming. This time we’ve got a collection of pop songs from Savages and Bo Ningen and an experimental, long form piece from One Direction. Wait…maybe that’s the wrong way around. There’s also lots of famous people on one disc in honour of some film that’s apparently kinda a big deal.

One Direction – ‘Four’ (Syco)

Savages & Bo Ningen – ‘Words To The Blind’ (Stolen/Pop Noire)

Various Artists – ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 OST’ (Virgin EMI)

TV On The Radio – ‘Seeds’ (Virgin)

The New Basement Tapes – ‘Lost On The River’ (Electromagnetic/Island/Harvest)

Bryan Ferry – ‘Avonmore’ (BMG Rights)

Ariel Pink – ‘Pom Pom’ (4AD)

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Things We Love This Week

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Hi all, super busy here this week. Really tired, if I’m honest. It appears that 29 is the age at which I can no longer cope with less than eight hours sleep a night. I must investigate further.

Anyway, here are the things we love this week…

Lorde – Yellow Flicker Beat

Loved this when it first arrived, love it even more now it’s been paired with some crazy dancing.

The Sidekicks – Deer

It’s been a big week for this lot, who last surfaced with ‘Awkward Breeds’ a couple of years ago. They’ve signed to Epitaph and will release ‘Runners In The Nerved World’ on January 20. Deer is the first song to emerge from it, and it’s ace.

Pacer – Hammers

Pacer’s new album, ‘Mechanical’, is out on November 17 through Everything Sucks and this is a prime example of them at their best. Anthemic, raw-throated goodness.

Have a nice weekend, folks. @huw_baines

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Things We Love This Week

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It’s (almost) Friday night. I might dance on tabletops/take too many shots/max my credit card/get kicked out of the bar/hit the boulevard (or road)/streak in the park/skinny dip in the dark/have a ménage à trois. But might stay in. Haven’t decided yet.

Anyway, as you’re looking for something to read while the clock ticks agonisingly towards five o’clock, here are the things that we thought were tidy this week.

Lorde – Yellow Flicker Beat

As Lorde is now an established pop powerhouse, further potshots will soon begin to fly. Yellow Flicker Beat, which has been lifted from the soundtrack to the new Hunger Games film, will deflect them with some ease. Another brooding melodic hit.

Chumped – Songs About Boats

These Brooklynites will release their debut full-length, ‘Teenage Retirement’, in November through Anchorless Records. Their self-titled EP – which you can check out here – was awesome and this should be too.

Matt Freeman Getting A Verse On A New Rancid Tune

He’s criminally under-used as a vocalist, so his spot behind the mic on Honor Is All We Know is very welcome indeed. And, these new songs sound like they’re part of a bit of a return to form. Colour us interested.

Cheers. @huw_baines

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