NME Festival blog: Watch Bon Iver share two new songs at their All Points East headline set

by Anna Matheson
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Justin Vernon and co ended their Victoria Park gig by sharing two new videos with fans

Bon Iver ended their All Points East closing set by sharing videos of two new songs with fans.

The Wisconsin band took to the stage in London’s Victoria Park this evening (June 2) and played an emotional set featuring tracks from their three studio albums.

Leaving the stage after an encore of classic tracks ‘Holocene’ and ‘Creature Fear’, singer Justin Vernon thanked the crowd for coming out and told them two new tracks would be played as they left.

Following their departure, two videos for new songs were then shown on the stage’s screen. One of the tracks, seemingly titled, “Hey, ma”, featured Vernon’s unmistakable vocals against a backdrop of family footage. The second, a piano ballad, featured a backing choir.

Vernon confirmed the tracks will form part of a follow up to the band’s last album – 2016’s 22, A Million.

You can watch fan footage of the tracks below.

The videos ended with a website being flashed up on screen. The site –  icommai.com – contains animations, artwork and details of Bon Iver’s current collaborators.

The site also announces an addition to the group’s live line-up, with a message that reads, “To further the growing community, Jenn Wasner, of Wye Oak and Flock of Dimes, will join Justin Vernon, Sean Carey, Matthew McCaughan, Michael Lewis, and Andrew Fitzpatrick to form the Bon Iver live band.”

Bon Iver were the final band to headline, with Mumford and Sons, Bring Me The Horizon, The Strokes, The Chemical Brothers and Christine and the Queens all taking to the stage over the last two weekends.

On Friday, Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes declared “rock is still alive” during an emotional speech that brought him to tears, while Christine and the Queens delivered an epic rendition of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’.

Elsewhere, the festival addresses complaints of sound problems during The Strokes headline setwhich NME’s Dan Stubbs deemed “the freshest of nostalgia-fests.”


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