We love to see the major player festivals giving space to a diverse selection of super new talent.
All Points East Festival 2021, taking place over August Bank Holiday, has announced The BMW Play Next Stage, bringing fresh names to the fore.
Friday night (August 27th) will be headlined by Glastonbury duo Sad Night Dynamite. Endorsed by Gorillaz, Pa Salieu andFKA twigs after releasing an acclaimed mixtape in February, they are as eclectic as the festival they grew up next to and come to All Points East armed with everything needed to stake a claim to future greatness.
Completing Friday’s line up are effortlessly sweet R&B singer Tyson, daughter of Neneh Cherry, sister of pop star Mabel but in a lane all of her own. Brazilian DJ and selector of South American and Caribbean vibes, Coco Maria, ethereal-electro singer songwriter Jodie Nicholson and blissful Welsh artist Ailsa Tully.
On Saturday, Alewya takes centre stage. A Londoner from a refugee family, she brings an exciting sound of the next generation of talent. There are Arabic sounds, London club culture, Afro-Caribbean influences – all summed up by dance floor favourite ‘Sweating’, released last year.
Also, appearing on Saturday will be brand new artist Chrissi, Tamil-Swiss R&B artist Priya Ragu (remixed by Honey Dijon, Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and Little Dragon), and East London’s own multi-instrumentalist Aziya.
Sunday at Play Next, as part of Field Day, sees Cardiff’s Elkka lead the way. The DJ and producer started London label and collective ‘femme culture’, promoting women in music culture and is forging a reputation for euphoric house tunes. Neo-soul pop chameleon Rosie Lowe also brings a DJ set to the stage.
And on Monday, South London’s SCORS head up the Play Next stage with their self-proclaimed “Subsonic Slinky Jangle Jazz From A Blue Room,” which just about captures their alternative indie sound.
Joining will be Edinburgh’s melodic, shoegazing indie kids Swim School, fresh with new material, they are ready to reintroduce their themselves.
Also on Monday is Peruvian-British artist Attawalpa – an indie guitar venture for Luis Felber, known for his time with Jamie T and as one of the founders of renowned label, Young Turks. Plus, Stooges-inspired rockers Ora Violet.
Play Next is a music discovery podcast that uncovers pioneering, innovative and groundbreaking music from the next generation of headliners. Presented by Edith Bowman and created in partnership with BMW, it features full tracks from some of the best breakthrough acts, artist interviews and conversations with people shaping the music industry.
Limited tickets for All Points East 2021 can be found via the link below.
This year’s festival headliners include London Grammar, Jorja Smith, Jamie xx, Kano, Foals and Bombay Bicycle Club.