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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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Morrissey, Rita Ora, Tears For Fears, Flight Of The Conchords, Franz Ferdinand, All Points East Festival and more…

MORRISSEY

The former Smiths frontman, who will release ‘Low in High School’ on November 17, will call in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Dublin, Newcastle, Leeds, Birmingham, Brighton and London, where he is set to play shows at the Royal Albert Hall and Alexandra Palace, during February and March. Tickets go on sale at 10am on November 3, priced between £35.00 and £55.00 plus fees.

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RITA ORA

The pop vocalist, who recently put out Anywhere and Your Song, has now confirmed shows in Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, London and Bristol in May. Tickets go on sale at 10am on November 3, priced £26.50/£29.50 plus booking fees.

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TEARS FOR FEARS

Tears For Fears have announced a spring arena tour of the UK and Ireland. Tickets are on sale at 9am on November 3, priced £35.00/£45.00 plus fees.

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FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS

Flight of the Conchords have extended their UK and Ireland tour due to demand, with extra shows confirmed at Dublin’s 3Arena on April 2 and London’s O2 Arena on April 3 alongside new dates in Portsmouth, York and Milton Keynes. Tickets go on sale at 10am on November 3, priced £25.00 plus fees.

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FRANZ FERDINAND

The Glasgow quintet will release ‘Always Ascending’ on February 9 through Domino, with a UK and Ireland tour set to kick off the following day in Galway and conclude at the O2 Academy Brixton in London on February 24. Tickets go on sale at 9am on November 3, priced between £27.50 and £29.50 plus booking fees.

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ALL POINTS EAST Feat. LCD Soundsystem, The xx, Björk

LCD Soundsystem, The xx and Björk will headline a new London festival, All Points East. The 10 day event will take over Victoria Park between May 25 and June 3, opening with a three day music festival, followed by a four day community focused midweek event and culminating with three headline shows. Tickets on sale at 9am on November 3, priced from £59.95 plus fees.

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Also announced this week

The Vamps, Stereophonics, First Aid Kit, Sheridan Smith, A Perfect Circle, Kygo, The Temperance Movement, Trevor Noah, Isaac Gracie, Mo Gilligan, Baxter Dury, British Sea Power, Keywest, The Handsome Family, Frightened Rabbit, Black Label Society, Testament, Carnifex, Don Broco, Gnarwolves, Hed PE, Marmozets, Arcane Roots, The Wailers, Walking With Dinosaurs: Arena Spectacular, Big Business, Young Fathers, August Alsina, Ellie Goulding, Hollie Cook, Cassia, Big Thief, Gnarwolves, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Hookworms, The Selecter, The Beat feat. Ranking Roger, Dreadzone, Pinegrove, Alvarez Kings, Tyler Childers and more.

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

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Metallica At #1 On Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart For March

Thrash legends Metallica have hit #1 on March’s Hot Ticket Chart, bumping Ed Sheeran into second place. Following closely behind are Steps, who hit the road in November and December for the Party On The Dancefloor arena tour, Eminem, who will headline Reading and Leeds and perform as part of the Glasgow Summer Sessions at Bellahouston Park in August, and Little Mix, who will kick off their Summer Shout Out tour at the end of May and head out on their Glory Days arena run in September, October and November.

At the bottom of this month’s chart we have Ricky GervaisWireless FestivalEddie VedderThe xx and Elbow. Come back and see us next month to check if they’ve been able to cling on to their top 40 positions or if we’ll be waving them goodbye and welcoming some new blood.

1. Metallica
2. Ed Sheeran
3. Steps
4. Eminem
5. Little Mix
6. Jamiroquai
7. Bruno Mars
8. V Festival
9. Stormzy
10. Guns N’Roses
11. Michael Ball and Alfie Boe
12. Kasabian
13. Good Mourning Mrs Brown
14. U2
15. The Weeknd
16. Micky Flanagan
17. Iron Maiden
18. Catfish And The Bottlemen
19. HIM
20. Lady Antebellum
21. Drake
22. Olly Murs
23. Phil Collins
24. The Next Step
25. Happy Mondays
26. Gorillaz
27. J. Cole
28. Tom Jones
29. Coldplay
30. Hanson
31. Robbie Williams
32. UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey
33. James Arthur
34. Tory Lanez
35. Nashville In Concert
36. Ricky Gervais
37. Wireless Festival
38. Eddie Vedder
39. The xx
40. Elbow

On sale this week – can they break the top 40?

1. Queen + Adam Lambert

2. Paramore

3. Tori Amos

4. Royal Blood

5. Gary Numan

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Top Tours This Week!!

Kasabian

Kasabian will hit the road for an intimate UK and Ireland tour prior to the release of their new album, ‘For Cyring Out Loud’, which arrives on April 28. The band will call in Llandudno, Birmingham, Newport, Southend-on-Sea, London, where they’ll play three nights at the O2 Forum, and Dublin between April 12 and 22.
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Tickets go on general sale at 9am on March 24, priced £45.00/£49.50 plus fees.


Elvis In Concert

Elvis In Concert – Live On Screen, a show featuring the voice of Elvis Presley backed by music from the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, will return to UK arenas in November due to demand.
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Tickets are on general sale at 9am on March 24, priced between £45.55 and £52.50 plus fees.


Alison Moyet

Alison Moyet will support her new album, ‘Other’, with a UK tour kicking off in late October and continuing through November as part of a new world tour.
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Tickets are on general sale at 9am on March 24, priced £25.00/£35.00 plus fees.


The XX

The trio will perform at Glasgow’s SWG3 Galvanizers Yard on August 30 following dates in the United States, Canada and Europe.
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Tickets are on general sale at 10am on March 23 priced £32.50 plus fees.


Busted

Busted have lined up a summer show at Cardiff University Great Hall on July 7.
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Tickets go on general sale at 9am on March 24, priced £29.50 plus fees.


Boyce Avenue

Boyce Avenue have announced the UK and Ireland leg of their Be Somebody world tour, including shows in Manchester, Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow and Birmingham prior to their previously announced show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on November 8.
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Tickets go on general sale at 9am on March 24, priced £25.50/£26.00 plus fees.


Peter Hook & The Light

Peter Hook & the Light will perform both Joy Division and New Order’s ‘Substance’ records at shows in Limerick, Dublin, Belfast, Norwich, Salisbury, Bristol, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Wakefield between November 30 and December 16, prior to their previously confirmed date at London’s Roundhouse, where they’ll exclusively perform Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ and ‘Closer’.
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Tickets go on general sale at 10am on March 24, priced £22.50/£26.00 plus fees.


Somerset House Series

Goldfrapp, Norah Jones, Birdy and Warpaint are among the artists confirmed for the Somerset House Summer Series, which takes place between July 6 and 16. Damian Marley, Songhoy Blues, Foster The People, The Robert Glasper Experiment, The Cinematic Orchestra, Tom Misch and Mashrou’ Leila are also set to appear.
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Tickets are on general sale at 9am on March 24.


TLC

TLC have announced a show at London’s KOKO on May 9, the R&B band’s first date in the UK.
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Little Mix

Little Mix will perform within the grounds of the South of England Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex on September 1 before a stop at Earlham Park in Norwich two days later as part of their Summer Shout Out tour.
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Tickets are on general sale at 9am on March 25, priced £39.50 plus fees.


Also announced this week, so far

Hanson, Texas, Alexander O’Neal, The Jacksons, Greenwich Music Time, Steps, Young Guns, Chase And Status, The Sisters Of Mercy, With Confidence, Set It Off, Tom Grennan, Rex Orange County, Eyedress, London Grammar, Vukovi, Public Service Broadcasting, Alvarez Kings, Sinkane, Astrid S, Cheap Trick, Lucy Rose, Jason Donovan, Cigarettes After Sex, Gallops, Mogwai, BANFI, The Physics House Band, Sweet Baboo, Damien Dempsey, Pierce Brothers, Molly Burch, Jeff Rosenstock and more.

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Ed Sheeran Tops Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart For February

Ed Sheeran has done it, he’s knocked U2 off the top spot and all the way down to #16 on February’s Hot Ticket Chart. Following closely behind in second place is Celine Dion, who will return to the UK this summer for an arena tour. At #3 is J.Cole who brings his 4 Your Eyez Only world tour to the UK and Ireland this autumn,  while Drake, who will return to the UK next week for the final dates of the UK and Ireland leg of his Boy Meets World tour, has dropped one place from last month’s chart to fourth position and Ricky Gervais, who next week continues with the UK and Ireland leg of his Humanity world tour, finishes off the top five.

At the bottom of this month’s chart we have ElbowThe ChainsmokersEminem (Reading & Leeds Day Tickets)The xxSum 41 and Rag’n’Bone Man. Check back in with us next month to see if they’re able to hold on to their top 40 positions or if we’ll be bidding them adieu.

1. Ed Sheeran
2. Celine Dion
3. J.Cole
4. Drake
5. Ricky Gervais
6. Little Mix
7. Nashville In Concert
8. John Mayer
9. Stormzy
10. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
11. The Weeknd
12. Lady Gaga
13. Rod Stewart
14. Jamiroquai
15. Bruno Mars
16. U2
17. Michael Ball and Alfie Boe
18. Neil Diamond
19. Wireless Festival
20. Ryan Adams
21. Olly Murs
22. Guns N’Roses
23. Leftfield
24. Micky Flanagan
25. Green Day
26. Kehlani
27. Giggs
28. James Arthur
29. Bob Dylan
30. Robbie Williams
31. Adele
32. TRNSMT
33. Kings of Leon
34. PVRIS
35. Elbow
36. The Chainsmokers
37. Eminem (Reading & Leeds Day Tickets)
38. The xx
39. Sum 41
40. Rag’n’Bone Man

On sale this week – can they break the top 40?

1. Shed Seven

2. Steps

3. Tom Jones

4. Happy Mondays

5. Penn and Teller

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U2 Hit #1 On Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart For January

It’s a new year so we thought we’d give you a new chart. For the next few months we’ll be bringing you monthly instalments listing not just our top 20 best selling acts, but a whopping 40!

Kicking things off at #1 are Irish rockers U2, who have soared to the top spot with The Joshua Tree tourFollowing closely behind are  Little Mix who have lined up a Summer Shout Out tour and autumn Glory Days tour. Making up the rest of the top five is Drake , who is currently on the road in the UK for the Boy Meets World tour, Neil Diamond, who will bring his 50th anniversary tour to the UK and Ireland in October and Bruno Mars, who will bring his 24K Magic World Tour to arenas around the UK and Ireland in April and May.

At the bottom of the chart we have The Stone RosesBonoboShawn MendesStrictly Come Dancing and Tory Lanez. Come back and see us next month to see if they’re able to hold on to their top 40 positions or if we’ll be waving them goodbye.

1. U2
2. Little Mix
3. Drake
4. Neil Diamond
5. Bruno Mars
6. Coldplay
7. Adele
8. Micky Flanagan
9. The Killers
10. Robbie Williams
11. Guns N’Roses
12. The Weeknd
13. Phil Collins
14. Black Sabbath
15. Kings of Leon
16. Green Day
17. Olly Murs
18. Depeche Mode
19. Jack Whitehall
20. James Arthur
21. The xx
22. Run The Jewels
23. Elbow
24. Two Door Cinema Club
25. Bryan Adams
26. James Blunt
27. The Chainsmokers
28. Good Mourning Mrs Brown
29. The Tenderloins
30. Evanescence
31. Michael Ball and Alfie Boe
32. Ariana Grande
33. Paul Weller
34. Jeff Lynne’s ELO
35. The Kooks
36. Tory Lanez
37. Strictly Come Dancing
38. Shawn Mendes
39. Bonobo
40.The Stone Roses

On sale in the next week – can they break the top 40?

1. Lady Gaga

2. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

3. The Cribs

4. The Cranberries

5. Little Big Town

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This Week’s New Releases: The xx, The Flaming Lips And Code Orange

It’s only the second week of the new year and already things are back in full swing. The xx have released the long-awaited follow up to 2012’s ‘Coexist’, the Flaming Lips have put out ‘Oczy Mlody’ and Code Orange have offered up LP #3.

If none of that is to your taste, make sure to check out the rest of this week’s new releases below.

Alessi – ‘Wives’

Bonobo – ‘Migration’ (Ninja Tune)

Brandon Can’t Dance – ‘Graveyard Of Good Times’ (Lucky Number)

Code Orange – ‘Forever’ (Roadrunner Records)

Colony House – ‘Only The Lonely’ (Descendant Records/RCA Records)

Danny Gokey – ‘Rise’ (Ada)

Julie Byrne – ‘Not Even Happiness’ (Basin Rock)

Sepultura – ‘Machine Messiah’ (Nuclear Blast)

SOHN – ‘Rennen’ (4AD)

The Band of Heathens – ‘Duende’ (Blue Rose Records)

The Flaming Lips – ‘Oczy Mlody’ (Bella Union)

The Infamous Stringdusters – ‘Laws Of Gravity’ (Compass Records)

The xx – I See You (Young Turks)

Wiley – ‘Godfather’ (CTA Records)

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Staff Picks: Liam Turner

TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2016

The 1975 – ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’

‘I Like It When You Sleep…’ is an overproduced, overwrought and overindulgent mishmash of a thing. So, just how Matt Healey and co. have managed to take such inauspicious ingredients and turn them into the musical equivalent of a moreish Eton mess is all the more mind boggling. Indie-pop has never had it quite so good.

Bon Iver – ‘22, A Million’

Cryptic and convoluted, Bon Iver’s third full-length release may have lacked appeal on paper. However, on ‘22, A Million’ mainman Justin Vernon does what he does best by distilling raw human emotion into a delicate, finely crafted musical experience. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what the bloody hell he’s on about, only that you feel what it is that he’s saying.

Conor Oberst – ‘Ruminations’

Featuring just a guitar, harmonica, piano and, of course, Oberst’s voice, ‘Ruminations’ is easily one of the most sparse records of 2016. Such minimalism completely works in the record’s favour, though, as we are truly able to focus on the carefully-woven tales of heartbreak and tragedy that Oberst so plaintively tells. Sometimes the simplest music really is the best.

Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Love & Hate’

From the epic grandiosity of opener Cold Little Heart, you know you’re in for a treat with Kiwanuka’s second full-length LP. The album certainly doesn’t hold back in terms of its scope, with pretty much everything but the kitchen sink thrown in. But rather than its scale, its Kiwanuka’s increasing ability to blend sentiment with soul that truly sets ‘Love & Hate’ apart.

David Bowie – ‘Blackstar’

A swansong like no other, ‘Blackstar’ is Bowie’s final gift to the world.The record represents the singer’s unparalleled ability to turn even the most lamentable of circumstances into something worth celebrating, while simultaneously bookending what is an incredibly vast and varied body of work. An artist in the true sense of the word.

Honourable mentions: Radiohead – ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’, Teleman – ‘Brilliant Sanity’, Metronomy – ‘Summer 08’, Green Day – ‘Revolution Radio’, C Duncan – ‘The Midnight Sun’.

TOP 5 SINGLES OF 2016

Francis and the Lights – Friends (feat. Bon Iver)

The 1975 – Somebody Else

Two Door Cinema Club – Bad Decisions

Warpaint – New Song

Christine and the Queens – Tilted

Honourable mentions: The xx – On Hold, VANT – PEACE & LOVE, Blossoms – Charlemagne, Mystery Jets – Bubblegum, Creeper – Suzanne

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Bruno Mars Tops Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart

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We’re a little late with it, but below is Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart for November 21 to 27.

Bruno Mars has risen to #1 and knocked Cockney comedian Micky Flanagan down into second place. Following closely behind to make up the rest of the top five are The xxUB40 Featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey and The Kooks.

Meanwhile, Robbie Williams has gone from #3 to #6, Coldplay are up three places, Phil Collins is holding strong at #8 and James Arthur has dropped eight places. Little Mix have also done well to protect a top 20 position, going from last place on the last chart to #17 this week.

There are a shedload of shows going on sale soon, including tickets for Adele at Wembley, KISS‘ UK arena shows, Olly Murs‘ summer tour, new Bryan Adams dates and Richard Ashcroft‘s spring UK arena run. Check back in with us later this week to see if any of them have bumped Bruno off the top spot.

1. Bruno Mars
2. Micky Flanagan
3. The xx
4. UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey
5. The Kooks
6. Robbie Williams
7. Coldplay
8. Phil Collins
9. Drake
10. WWE Live
11. Still Game
12. Justin Bieber
13. Craig David
14. Strictly Come Dancing
15. Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott
16. Rod Stewart
17. Little Mix
18. Good Mourning Mrs Brown
19. Jeff Lynne’s ELO
20. James Arthur

On sale in the next week – can they break the top 20?

1. Adele

2. KISS

3. Olly Murs

4. Bryan Adams

5. Richard Ashcroft

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Tour Of The Week: The XX

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The xx will return to the road in spring next year. The xx tickets are on sale now, prices start at £26.50/£30.75 plus fees.

The trio have lined up shows in March, including seven nights at the O2 Academy Brixton, as part of their I See You European tour behind their upcoming album of the same name which is due to arrive on January 13 through Young Turks.

Meanwhile, the band have just released a video for their new track, Hold On.

The XX Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Sat March 04 2017 – NOTTINGHAM Motorpoint Arena
Sun March 05 2017 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Mon March 06 2017 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Wed March 08 2017 – LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
Thu March 09 2017 – LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
Fri March 10 2017 – LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
Sat March 11 2017 – LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
Mon March 13 2017 – LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
Tue March 14 2017 – LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
Wed March 15 2017 – LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
Fri March 17 2017 – CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena

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