The only thing better than a music festival is two music festivals rolled into one, and that’s basically what is coming up in east London this August.
It’s always one of the biggest events in London’s summer calendar, and this year looks to be no different. Here’s what you need to know...
When and where are All Points East and Field Day?
Victoria Park in east London is the home of both festivals, with six days booked out, starting on August 19 and closing on August 28.
Field Day is sandwiched in between the All Points East action, taking place on Saturday August 20.
Who’s on the All Points East and Field Day line-ups?
Friday August 19
Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz will headline the opening day, with Bristol punks Idles and US hardcore favourites Turnstile among the other top-billed acts. Elsewhere things are pretty eclectic (as is the case on other days), with rap titan Pusha T, pop experimentalist Yves Tumour and the Mercury Prize-nominated Self Esteem standing out.
Ibibio Sound Machine
Saturday August 20
This first Saturday welcomes Field Day, which is very much the dance music-focused part of proceedings. Two legends of electronic music — The Chemical Brothers and Kraftwerk — are co-headliners, but there are some top-tier names throughout: Peggy Gou, Moodymann, Floating Points, Squarepusher and more.
The Chemical Brothers
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Thursday August 25
Aussie psych-rocker Tame Impala is top of the bill on the Thursday installment, with one of the festival’s tighter line-ups in support: be sure to catch US indie-pop artist Caroline Polachek, Yorkshire synth-wielders Working Men’s Club and LA musician Sudan Archives.
Working Men’s Club
Friday August 26
Rock music is the presiding force here, with The National headlining. Fleet Foxes and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are the two other biggest names, but we’ll certainly be making our way to see the ever innovative Low and art-pop artist Perfume Genius beforehand.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Saturday August 27
Aside from Field Day, this is probably the danciest line up of the lot, with Disclosure as headliners, the and the likes of Fred again.., Joy Orbison and Sherelle dropping in for some floor-filling sets. James Blake and Charli XCX are the other two biggest names of the day.
Sunday August 28
Closing the festival are the always magnetic Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, who are making their only UK festival appearance of the year. Michael Kiwanuka will bring his soulful sounds to the main stage, and there will also be the chance to see The Smile — aka Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and Tom Skinner — in one of their first festival outings as a trio.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Joan as Police Woman
Hurray for the Riff Raff
How to get tickets for All Points East
Tickets are sold separately for each day, and there is space remaining for each one. Currently, prices start at £68, with the exception of Field Day, which begins at £79.50.
Head here to buy yours.
How to travel to Victoria Park for All Points East and Field Day
As always with a London festival, public transport is the way to go — organisers have confirmed that there will be no parking on-site or in the immediate vicinity of Victoria Park.
Mile End on the District, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines, and Bethnal Green on the Central line are the two best options for travelling via the Tube — both are around 10 to 15 minutes away on foot. On the Overground, Cambridge Heath is your best bet.
For the bus, 8, 277, 309, 339, 388, D3, D6 are the nearby routes, but there may be route diversions on the day. Check the TfL website for more information closer to the time.
There will also be a designated taxi pick-up spot, with signs at the event directing attendees to that area. And if you want to cycle, there is dedicated bike parking at Victoria Park, although you’ll need to bring your own lock.