As the name suggests, we trudged our way over to the deep east of London to catch the vibes of All Points East festival, showcasing an eclectic melting pot of artists on the Saturday; from Stefflon Don to The XX.
Photo by Jordan Curtis Hughes
It took us a while to get our bearings as the stages are so far apart from one another but we managed it, and around every corner was a new stage surprise!
Here’s our top three act rundown from the Saturday!
We kicked the day off with Stefflon Don who in our eyes set the pace for the day, she was vibrant, bold, forward and choreographed to perfection.
Announcing to the crowds that she was in fact a Hackney local, it seemed all the more poignant, and she absolutely stole the show despite the mixed audience and it being a late afternoon timing.
Photo by Jordan Curtis Hughes
Her dance squad elevated her high-impact, bounce around, catchy and female-forward set including 16 shots, Wobble and Hurtin’ Me.
We took a stroll over to Lorde later in the evening, not skipping the Halloumi Fries truck of course. The food was in general a tad on the pricey side but overall delicious and considerably gourmet.
Lorde delivered and completed an extensive set of most of her two albums, including the highlights Royals and Green Light, all done in a suitably edgy, curtain-esqe twinset dress and raincoat. Her gratitude towards the audience was palpable and she seemed to take it well when half of the audience stampeded towards the main-stage for The XX finisher.
Photo by Santiago Felipe
The XX was a pure love breeding ground with mass hugging and swaying in the audience and a surreal feel-good one big group vibe amongst the viewers as if reunited for the ultimate headliner.
As the thunder cracked throughout the sky, it did nothing but amplify the ambient, heartfelt, lazer show which The XX had fostered. Throwing in samplers from anthems got the crowds singing along in unison. We adored every spiritual second of the set, especially after they confirmed rightly so to us that London is in fact ‘the best city in the world’.
The Bristol DJ duo behind the label Banoffee Pies Records run us through tracks from some of their favourite artists playing this year’s Gottwood festival.
In just over a few days time, the salty coastal air on the Isle of Anglesey will once again be filled with the buzz and boom of thousands of revellers arriving for Gottwood festival.
Curating our warm-up playlist and interview, we have Ell, one half of the duo behind one of Bristol’s most exciting labels. While the name may make them harder to Google without getting a bunch of Mary Berry recipes, they are very much worth looking up. Their stream of consistently brilliant “Various Artists” releases are constantly cropping up as secret weapons in record bags across the land; each release eclectic in its selections, from minimal leftfield house and afro-disco groovers to lo-fi hip-hop and spacey ambient. With no signature sound pinning them down, their primary mission is just bloody good music by artists that need to be heard. Check out some of their mixes here:
Also known for running their own live parties in Bristol and beyond every so often, Banoffee Pies will once again be hosting our favourite Gottwood stage, the Walled Garden, for the Sunday shin dig this year – news we are over the moon about. Joining them will be Amsterdam’s finest Orpheu The Wizard and upcoming Female DJ duo, Kiara Scuro. We dropped Ell a line to get to know them a little better.
You and Gottwood seem to be really aligned; you take an anything goes approach and Gottwood really embodies that too. Would you agree with that?
BP: Yeah totally, to be honest there are some gigs we play it can go one way or another, if people rock up and they just want to hear one particular style they might not get it (our style) initially but I think a lot of people nowadays are open to whatever, but of course it’s very nice when the stars align and these woods are a place for that. We can play what we like at Gottwood and what we want without feeling like we are just filling a spot in the day’s line-up. It’s much more of a performance, which I think is the same now with a lot of festivals to some extent – anyone that comes down is walking around with an open mind. It’s great to then fit the mood of the music to that.
You’re right, the crowd that comes down to Gottwood are a very open-minded bunch. Do you have any standout Gottwood moments from your times there?
BP: I’ve gone to Gottwood for good few years now; friends and I have always attended and it’s always been somewhere we’ve loved as a festival. Obviously the landscape and the woods are so beautiful so it’s a pleasure to play there. It’s funny really because we played once the year before last on a smaller stage by the lake for a short 3 hour day-time set and then last year was the first time we’ve played or hosted the walled garden. It was nice to have a natural progression to what is our favourite stage on site and a larger audience.
We’ve been spotting your label’s releases in more and more record bags, during radio shows and live DJ sets. People have really taken to your “no signature sound” approach to releases.
BP: It’s so important to me; I’ve listened to dance music and other genres since I was very young. I’ve never had a favourite genre in all the years I was growing up. When I eventually did want to start a label, I didn’t want to have a platform where we couldn’t play something amazing we’d just heard or not be able to celebrate an artist because we were stuck with one genre. I wanted it to be less of a label and more of a music platform to do what we want and support local talent.
When you look at a lot of labels there is such a trend to follow artists that are doing well rather than to just express yourselves for what music you’re into. You get a lot of random remixes to just sell more copies and that leans to commodifying music rather than sharing lots of different people’s stuff with the world. So it’s just nice to be able to not really care about what we release and hopefully people are alright with that!
I think it’s a challenge but you build a real trust and following this way, people come back to you for that. Discovering all that unheard talent!
BP: There is so much talent in Bristol alone, even just on my road! Bristol is a bit of a village to be honest – the majority of the music we put out is local artists, all probably living within about a few hundred meter radius from one another. It’s so nice to keep that family vibe going. Every now and again we will work with a slightly bigger artist – it’s nice to have them all on the same release, it removes that quality gap that people have in their heads that might not always be correct. For example on our beats series we’ve had FloFilz on the release and then a few friends on the other side! They’re all really happy to be on the same releases as each other so it works well for everyone.
You recently got back from a string of shows in Australia? I was really interested to know more about the differences in vibes down under in comparison to the UK?
BP: I mean it was the first time I’d travelled there – They absolutely love it to be honest and we played a lot of good gigs there, they get loose! Generally they were so up for it and a few really felt like some of the more memorable gigs we’ve played.
Can you tell me a bit about your new sister label, Tracy Island?
BP: When I was younger my Dad used to ‘make me’ (…well I’m sure I loved it but…) watch loads of Thunderbirds and I always had loads of figurines. Through Banoffee we haven’t released many Balearic records, it’s often more dance music or slightly electronic but nothing too “beach” based. So the name came about when I wanted to start a little side project on my own. Do you know Seahawks the band? Well worth checking out – the second Tracy Island release just out was by Beach Wizards and that’s just another alias of the Seahawks – they inspired me initially with that type of sound. The first release was with Mori Ra which was just all edits. It’s just kind of meant to be Balearic listening records to make you feel different. The island thing represents a sound that slides away from stress basically.
More importantly though did you have a favourite Thunderbirds machine or vehicle?
BP: Well it’s got to be Thunderbird Number 2.
Good choice, I really liked the little yellow submarine as well…
BP: Oh okay – what’s that again? Thunderbird 4 right? In that case, get dropped off by Number 2 into the ocean with Number 4 ideally haha!
We asked the Banoffee Pies boys to get us fired up by picking some top tracks by other artists playing at Gottwood this year. Here’s their selects.
Two Lone Swordsmen – Sticky BP: One of Andrew Weatheralls many aliases from the back catalog of quality production avenues – He’ll be back again this year for his annual Gottwood residency with another chuggy bone grinding set. CU there.
Binh – Yougo BP: Listen to the pigeons coooooh. One to lose your mind to. That pulsing electro stab is the best. Another Club rocket from Binh. Records on time passages and cabaret all worth a look. Hot.
Glowing Palms – Koh BP: First heard at Gottwood years ago – a real belter from the man Glowing Palms. Do get to know if you don’t. This one opens the floor, sensational head bucking device included.
Jagger Botchway Group – Moko Le Dzen (Ruf Dug Tight Disco Dub) BP: Had to mention Ruffy and GP above. Of course. Get to the ruf kutz tent for all vibes all weekend long, family feelings and strictly warm folk. If you know anything about what’s good for you – definitely the place to be.
Willow – Untitled A2 BP: For the post-Burial embracers of lo-fi recordings. Emo dance floors and dark bedrooms. Willow’s productions few and far between but always with the gems on Workshop.
Words by David March.
Read our preview for Gottwood 2018 HERE.
Buy tickets for Gottwood HERE.
Wilderness Festival are thrilled to announce JUSTICE as their fourth headline addition to this year’s already landmark music programme.
Alongside a plethora of the best artists and musicians the globe has to offer Justice sit alongside Chic Ft. Nile Rogers, Bastille, Jon Hopkins, Kamasi Washington, Baxter Dury and !!! (Chk Chk Chk) – diverse top-quality talent from a broad spectrum of the arts and music world cementing Wilderness’ position at the forefront of not-to-be missed festival experiences. Joining these headliners are the crème de la crème of up-and-coming stars, from IAMDDB, Mahalia, Joy Crookes, Dan Owen and Confidence Man – all with critically acclaimed new material.
After dark at Wilderness, The Valley comes alive. And this year Wilderness blends the legendary Groove Armada, with one of the Berlin scene’s newest stars Peggy Gou. Korean DJ Peggy Gou will rouse the crowds with her own mix of kinetic, dark pulsing house and techno. Whilst Groove Armada will drop their finest mix of sophisticated house that never disappoints. This is the ultimate party in the forest, with The Valley a natural amphitheatre beneath the trees.
This year there will be lots of opportunities to follow your curious nose and explore, seek out hidden camps and secret bars, discover piano lock ins at The Skilamalink and other after parties. Wilderness has never been so secretive.
Over 40 boats setting sail on the Adriatic coast for Outlook Festival’s heavy boat agenda; Exit Records, Subdub, Drum & Bass Arena, Swamp 81, Metalheadz, Deep Medi, Bandulu, LEVELZ and more all on hosting duties.
Renowned as the world’s biggest, baddest bass music event, Outlook has a well-earned reputation as an unmissable party in the calendar for bass aficionados looking for a low frequency fix. A vital part of the experience is Outlook’s boat parties; with over 40 boats to choose from featuring labels, clubs and promoters alike all aboard for 2018, featuring Exit Records, Subdub, Rinse, Swamp 81, Deep Medi, Bandulu, Metalheadz, Levelz and many more. Setting sail from midday Thursday to Sunday evening, over 10 boats per day will be riding the Adriatic waves for with some of undergrounds finest DJs and MCs on board. Available only with an Outlook Festival ticket at 20euro per boat party, tickets never stick around for long. Buy now to avoid missing the chance to take part.
CAT POWER // PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING // BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE // SPOON // AMBER RUN // THIS IS THE KIT AND ROSTAM JOIN THE NATIONAL // THE WAR ON DRUGS // FUTURE ISLANDS // WARPAINT AND THE DISTRICTS
Having announced a UK exclusive appearance from headliners The National as well as a supporting lineup including special guests The War On Drugs, Future Islands, Warpaint and The Districts, now even more names have been added to the Saturday bill of APE Presents… as part of the second weekend of the inaugural All Points East.
With a new album on the horizon, Chan Marshall will be bringing the intensely emotional songwriting of her Cat Power monicker to London’s Victoria Park alongside musical collage creators Public Service Broadcasting and Canadian indie rock legends Broken Social Scene. Adored texan heroes Spoon, British rising stars Amber Run, indie folkers This Is The Kit and ex-Vampire Weekend man Rostam also join the lineup.
Critical darlings, global megastars and now UK Album Chart toppers, The National have spent the past two decades creating some of the most memorable indie rock albums in history. From the underground breakthrough of ‘Alligator’ through to their triumphant recent full length ‘Sleep Well Beast’ the Ohio band, comprised of the brothers Dessner and Devendorf alongside livewire frontman Matt Berninger, have achieved a rare emotional connection with their music. They will play their largest headline show to date at APE Presents… as a UK Exclusive.
The new ten-day event All Points East encompasses a diverse three-day music festival including headliners LCD Soundsystem, The xx and Bjork followed by a 4-day community-focused midweek programme of comedy, food, outdoor cinema and more to reflect the vibrancy of the park’s surrounding area. The event culminates in three huge APE Presents… shows with Catfish and the Bottlemen topping the bill on Friday 1st June, The National headlining Saturday the 2nd June and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds headlining the event on Sunday 3rd June.
All Points East is a brand new ten day event taking place from 25th May to 3 June 2018 in East London’s beautiful Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets. Kicking off on the May bank holiday will be a three day music festival with a thrillingly diverse line up of some of the coolest names in music. Following the opening weekend, APE In The Neighbourhood a 4-day community focused midweek event will deliver an entertainment programme of comedy, food, outdoor cinema and more to reflect the vibrancy of its surrounding area. The bank holiday Monday will deliver All Points Equal, celebrating 100 years of of votes for (some) women. This day will include cinema, live panels, immersive rallies, banner making, live music, spoken word, street food, children’s activities and so much more. These mid week events culminate the following weekend with three huge standalone APE Presents… headline shows with some of the most exciting acts around.
Featuring headliners LCD Soundsystem , The xx and Bjork alongside an incredible supporting lineup including Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, Lorde, Justice, Sampha, Beck, Father John Misty, Friendly Fires and Flying Lotus 3D ; the three day festival will showcase a huge, varied lineup on some of the world’s most exciting new staging concepts. The X Stage is an ambitious, new ‘in the round’ festival experience placing the finest electronic talent in the heart of the action and enveloping the crowd in sound from all angles. The stage will host performances from huge names including The Black Madonna, Omar-S, Hunee, Mr G, Roman Fluge l and DJ Tennis.
APE In The Neighbourhood will host a programme of free activities in Victoria Park over four days between the All Points East Festival and APE Presents… shows. With a focus on community involvement, activities will be run by incredible local organisations and suppliers. Activities include free outdoor cinema, live music & entertainment, street food, pop up bars, theatre, arts, sports & wellbeing, children’s activities and much more. As part of a dedicated drive to provide free content for local residents and the wider community and to support local businesses, the weekday programme takes place during half term and on the Bank Holiday making this an ideal destination for families as well as fun loving Londoners.
The event culminates in three huge APE Presents… shows with Catfish and the Bottlemen headlining the event on Friday 1st June 2018, the Saturday headlined by Ohio indie rockers The National and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds headlining on Sunday 3rd.
A truly unique festival environment, an excellence in production, facilities, hospitality and customer service unlike anything seen before in Victoria Park will underpin the entirety of the 10 day event.
Here’s why taking talent from across the musical spectrum and showcasing it on the Croatian coast has maintained Dimensions as one of the best festivals in Europe.
Many of Europe’s most special festival experiences hold a defining gem of character that makes people return year-on-year. For some it’s a constantly cutting edge line-up like Dekmantel or a memorable location like the steel megastructures of Germany’s Melt! Festival. When it comes to this analysis, though, it can seem like Dimensions is playing with a hand full of aces.
19th century fort, check. Matching Roman amphitheatre, check. Heavyweight sound systems, check. Lazy recovery days by the turquoise coastline, check.On top of all this, the Dimensions line-up curation is in a league of its own. Broad in its scope, from rising names to peak time legends, you’ll have a hard time trying to think of anyone they have forgotten. It’s an embarrassment of choice in the best way possible. We have selected some of the names we are most excited about, big and small, to get you fired up and booking those economy return flights and a crate of factor 50 suncream. Leave the bucket hat at home, mate.
There isn’t a more fitting way to open an electronic music festival than with Kraftwerk. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to frame the coming days musical journeys with the band that started it all. From hip hop to techno, it can all be traced back to the four robots from Dusseldorf.
Detroit In Effect/Central Processing Unit/The Exaltics/Volruptus
DJ Stingray and Helena Hauff may be the selectors bringing electro into the limelight right now but the records they are playing were made by these guys. We’re looking forward to hearing some space age weapons get the big soundsystem treatment.
There is something about the combination of hot summer days and nights with minimal house and techno. Heady and infectious, you can find yourself still sweating at 7am to the hypnotic bass. Few do it as well as Margaret Dygas.
Children Of Zeus
Manchester’s underground music community is such a melting pot of exciting new talent, from LEVELZ Crew to IAMDDB. Bringing some soul to the streets are Children of Zeus, the combination of Tyler Daley and KonnyKon. This is perfect beachside vibes.
We were lucky enough to catch Bjarki at London’s Printworks earlier last year as part of a трип label showcase by Nina Kraviz. He played a set of absolute insanity, flipping from throbbing techno to breaks then into gabber and more. We got a taste for it and we need more…
EASTERN ELECTRICS FESTIVAL || 4th – 5th AUGUST 2018
Eastern Electrics proudly present the DogEE Club! With the sun finally coming out, we hit the pub and the park with Eastern Electrics All-Stars, and their best fluffy friends! Recruited for walkies, Skream, D Double E, Bradley Gunn Raver, Sam Divine, Royal T and Citizenn introduced us to their pooch pals, telling stories of raving and more. Whether it’s grime and garage or house and techno, our pups love to party. Watch the film to hear how EE’s superstar DJs met their masters, and for a taste of the mischief that’s to come at this year’s all out weekender in Morden Park. Join our artists and their canine companions this summer 4-5 August, in leafy Morden Park.
Striding into their seventh year, Love Saves The Day, Bristol’s once best kept secret now performs on a national stage, reveal artists that will be joining the legendary Fatboy Slim and the soulful sounds of Sampha on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May 2018.
Loves Saves The Day 2018 sees a host of brand new stages showcasing an even more diverse range of genres and music styles throughout the weekend.
Alongside Fatboy Slim, Saturday’s Main Stage welcomes men of the moment Bicep who will be playing their renowned Live show, which will be showcasing the brighting gems from their lauded debut album from last year. Tom Misch will be performing brand new material from his much anticipated debut album ‘Geography’, whilst South London singer songwriter Raye, George FitzGerald’s dreamy electronica, and the uplifting sounds of the House Gospel Choir warm up the afternoon – with some huge acts yet to be announced.
Following the release of his latest album ‘New Energy’, Love Saves The Day proudly present Four Tet. Universally acknowledged as the best producer of the past twenty years, worshipped equally within clubland, classical and ambient circles, he’ll be heading up the Crack Magazine stage. Joining will be Floating Points, one of techno’s finest, L_U_C_Y and recent XL signees Smerz bringing their wonky pop to intoxicate and beguile in equal measure. Having had a meteoric rise thanks to debut ‘Unsigned’ and summer-ready banger ‘Supersoaker’, Hardy Caprio will be in the mood to celebrate, along with Octavian, Hak Baker, Chelou and Avelino.
My Nu Leng, who have been a major part of Bristol’s electronic dance sphere for the last half a decade, following the release of their Fabric Live CD and BBC Essential mix last year, they’re now firmly on the map. South London’s Krept & Konan will bring their wit, grit and authenticity to The Blast stage, they’ll be flanked by the grime, garage, hip-hop sounds of Flava D, young bassline producer Skepsis plus Shadow Demon Coalition, Jus Now x Roska & Serocee and The Blast DJs.
Heading up the Futureboogie stage will be DJ’s DJ Gerd Janson, joined by acid house duo Paranoid London, DJ Solar, Me Me Me Records boss Man Power, plus Futureboogie’s Austin Ato, Dave Harvey and Christophe.
Having debuted in 2017, The Lost Gardens stage is back by popular demand; a forgotten land where festival goers will encounter a lost civilisation devoted to dance, with an epic All Day Long set from Horse Meat Disco.
On a brand new concept stage, The Centre Stage, build by the designers of The Temple in Glastonbury’s Common, master selector and Numbers founder Jackmaster will be bringing the vibes with his diverse, spirited selections, heading up the Jackmaster x Numbers Presents stage.
Paying alongside Sampha on Love Saves The Day Sunday’s Main Stage will be Mercury Prize Award-nominated rapper Loyle Carner. Over the last couple of years, the Croydon-born musician has gone from unknown newcomer to bona fide rising star, via supporting Kate Tempest and Nas, and a killer debut album that more than lives up to the hype surrounding him.
In celebration of his 40 years in the industry, DJ and broadcasting titan David Rodigan links up with The Outlook Orchestra to retread his musical journey through reggae, taking in associated genres like ska and dancehall to blistering jungle and dubstep. MoStack brings his scatter gun flow and hip-hop, grime and afropop hybrid to the Main Stage in a thrilling live show, alongside Nightmares On Wax and Sip The Juice DJ’s.
It’s of little surprise that London’s self-confessed “nomadic boogie crew” have locked in an array of killer names for their Percolate stage. The Black Madonna, Ben UFO and Joy Orbison are undoubtedly three of electronic music’s biggest heavyweights, revered for their genre-spanning sets around the world, and Shanti Celeste has the air of a DJ following in their footsteps, stopping by in a 2018 that is guaranteed to be huge.
After an electrifying set in 2017, Shy FX returns to treat us with more of the muscular bass and hammering breakbeats we’ve come to expect but with added spectacle, provided by his Soundsystem moniker that results in a truly immersive live experience. Flanked by Mungos Hifi, Digital Mystikz, heavyweights Pinch b2b Joker, the Hold Tight Records stage also plays host to Kreed ft JMan & Eva Lazarus, Samson Sounds and their very own Hold Tight Collective, which should ensure that the positive dancefloor vibration they strive for will be felt across the festival site.
Picking up the pace on the Knee Deep In Sound stage, Hot Since 82 leads a breathtaking roster of selectors, from his own unique taste in house, techno and everything in between, to the guaranteed exhilaration of Patrick Topping, Butch, Heidi and Matthias Meyer sets in an electrifying quadruple bill.
Over on the The Lost Gardens stage and gifted a suitably mammoth set time, Artwork is electronic music’s ever-present and purveyor of sublime selections and infectious grooves.
RAM Records co-founder and drum and bass behemoth, Andy C will unleash his arsenal of thundering beats on the Run stage in a set known for its meticulous craft and bruising delights.