The Guardian festival blog: All Points East review – blockbuster festival makes a muted return | Music


Once host to a plethora of summer festivals including Field Day and Lovebox, Victoria Park now hosts just one – the blockbuster All Points East, backed by Coachella super-promoters Goldenvoice. Its first run in 2018 offered weekday community events, a three-day weekend festival and headline shows. There are few changes to the formula this year, but the live music has doubled – expanding over two weekends.

As with its first edition, the festival doesn’t have a distinct identity as much as a series of loose themes: for its first weekend, Friday has a dance music bent with the Chemical Brothers headlining; the Strokes are the centrepiece of a more indie-centric Saturday that runs the gamut from Interpol’s laconic rock to Primal Scream’s sweaty anthems, while Christine and the Queens play alongside artful electropop acts including James Blake and Toro y Moi on the Sunday.

While continuity plays second fiddle to corporate…



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