Monumental thunderstorms and immense sunsets hit London’s skyline over the weekend while Godlike artists graced Victoria Park for All Points East.
All Points East 2018 will be remembered for many things: a diverse line up, glorious sunshine, and East London at its best. On Friday afternoon, Young Fathers bring their genre-bending set to the East Stage. Glass Animals showcase pineapple mania. Hot Chip create disco vibes in the Jägerhaus. Yonaka shut down the Firestone stage with their ferocious alt-rock. And Nick Murphy, FKA Chet Faker, steals hearts with his dark electronic pop.
The festival attracts an older, middle-class, music-loving crowd. In comparison to Lovebox, All Points East feels safer, calmer and cleaner – albeit less busy and more corporate. Highlights of Friday evening include a nostalgic, glittering performance from Yeah Yeah Yeahs – playing in London for the first time in five years. They are followed by LCD Soundsystem, who deliver a flawless set featuring classic dance hits ‘I Can Change’, ‘Tribulations’ and ‘All My Friends’.
On Saturday afternoon the good vibes continue, and it’s all about the girls. Lady Leshurr makes a guest appearance during Popcaan’s set; Lykke Li offers her unique blend of indie pop and electronica; Stefflon Don proves there is a place for her in the male-dominated rap world; and Shanti Celeste brings her sunny uplifting house music to the X Stage.
“All the stages and the stars, I turn all of it, to just a supercut.” Grammy-winner Lorde steals the show on Saturday night, despite being relegated to the festival’s second stage. An odd move from the same organisers behind US festival Coachella – where in 2017 Lorde took full advantage of her prime sub-headline slot. A diamond in the flesh. No one comes close to stealing Lorde’s crown.
The xx’s performance relied on the thunder and lightening and the audience’s singing – it was French electronic duo Justice who deserved the closing spot on Saturday’s main stage. Permitting the lively festival crowd to blow off some steam before heading off into the night, Justice served a dance-heavy set which included their remix of MGMT ‘Electric Feel’; ‘Safe and Sound’, and ‘D. A. N. C. E.’
Balmy temperatures continued on Sunday, and the return of Beck and Björk meant that history was about to go down. The magic of All Points East is that you feel local vibes and a strong sense of community; mixed with the glamour and excitement of huge headline artists. APE is a festival that Londoners from East to West can be proud of.