The Guardian festival blog: All Points East review – Björk brings life to corporate festival newcomer | Music

Late last year, All Points East sent shockwaves through the London festival circuit. Hosted by Coachella promoters Goldenvoice and its parent company AEG (founded by controversial Republican donor Philip Anschutz), the bumper 10-day event was set to oust long-term residents Field Day, Lovebox and Citadel from east London’s Victoria Park. Really, this wasn’t a straightforward case of imperious corporate giant v the little guys – Lovebox for one is owned by promoter behemoth Live Nation – but that hasn’t prevented APE from acquiring the air of a bland business venture.

It’s difficult to detect any specific identity among the branded displays and colossal Pizza Express concessions, and while its displaced forebears all have distinct party lines – Field Day continues to act as a hipster haven, Lovebox has doubled down on rap and R&B and Citadel focuses on indie and extra-musical entertainment – the All Points East…


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