I always love when a day or night out with friends falls perfectly into place with no effort just pure spontaneity. Friday 24th of May at All Points East was the instigator for this exact happening. Victoria Park is a great setting for this two week festival and with a bottle of bubbles in toe we walked from Bethnal Green Tube to Victoria Park through the back streets of East London. You could feel the buzz in the air, sun shining and tagging along with another trail of excited and smiling festival heads. The great thing about All Points East is the location and the speed of getting through security. This two weekend festival is the makings of Coachella super-promoters Golden Voice and Outside Organisation.
The gates opened with the rich sounds of Moloko. There is no other singer like Roisin Murphey and just before sunset her rich, hypnotic tones lured a huge crowd to the main stage. A piercing bullet filled with electronica, dance and trip hop being shot right at us. Mark Brydon’s magic is spilled out in every song and this duo from Sheffield are the perfect dynamics for such an enriched sound. We were treated to all the favourites “The Time Is Now”, “Sing it Back”. Her whole set had us completely spellbound as Roisin strutted her stuff and draped herself over a speaker singing to the gods.
Primal Scream is a band I had never seen live and believe me they shook the bones out of everyone in the whole park. Everybody was jumping in an indie frenzy. Walking on stage in a shocking pink suit Bobby Gillespie was exuding every element of rock star! We were all taken down a music history road of all of their hits “Movin’ On Up”, “Loaded” and Country Girl”.
Primal Scream are the perfect festival band. They still continue to shine bright throughout the whole indie explosion. These fantastic musicians were like cats to cream. Each tune made you move. It was like being put directly under the feel good shower and being drenched with quality sounds and pure indie rock gold.
Chemical Brothers what more can one say? Last time I saw these talented brothers was at Alexandra Palace and that for me is a night that goes down in history as one of the best gigs ever. They brought that same energy to All Points East and the place was stomping!
“Go”, “Free Yourself” and “Chemical Beats” opened their dramatic set with amazing projections and electronic visuals. The Chemical Brothers are now a huge visual spectacular show and their throbbing beats are the mastermind to this exclusive musical supernova. They played a lot of my favourites “Elektrobank”, “Wide Open” “Hey Boy Hey Girl” and “Galvanise”. Tom Rowlands amd Ed Simons are originally from Manchester. These musical pioneers began in 1989. From secret parties in Brixton to headlining all over the world its no wonder they are at the top of their ladder and rightly so!
Rizer’s photographer Jeff Moh was there to cover all of the three days (I had to blooming work) so here are the top pics from weekend one of All Points East.
Ibibo Sound Machine
Amy And The Sniffers
Fat White Family
Kurt Vile And The Violators
Toro Y Moi
Christine And The Queens
Words Celine Hispiche
Photo’s Jeff Moh