All Points East returns for 2022, with an epic line up of world class headliners, guests and some big exclusives. Today one of the country’s most heralded acts Gorillaz announce the complete line up for their huge UK festival exclusive show on Friday 19 August, with a host of special guests including Turnstile, Knucks, Ibeyi, Ibibio Sound Machine, Nia Archives, Willow Kayne and Kills Birds. They join previously announced guests IDLES, Yves Tumor, Self Esteem, Femi Kuti, Obongjayar, NewDad, Remi Wolf and Gabriels.
Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s spectacular crew of virtual misfits lands in Victoria Park to open All Points East this summer, fresh from the success of acclaimed album Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez and recent EP Meanwhile. 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Russel Hobbs and guitar prodigy Noodle burst onto the global stage in 2000, following a collision of mishaps, meetings and pure luck to blow up a pre-digital world with their colourful backstory, ground-breaking musical innovation and thrilling live performance, and the biggest virtual band on the planet is bigger than ever.
Joining previously announced Bristolian 5 piece IDLES as special guests are Turnstile, the Stateside hardcore punks are coming to London off the back of their European tour. Recent record Glow On hit the No.1 spot on the US Hard Rock charts, following their first major label release, 2018’s Time & Space, being named one of the ‘Best Albums That Shaped the 2010s’ by GQ.
London’s own Knucks also joins the line-up, after making a name for himself with his West African-inspired skits and unorthodox style. Selling out show after show and after supporting Not3s and Wretch 32 on tour, with his new project Alpha Place dropping on 6th May expect big things from this rapper-on-the-rise when he performs in Victoria Park.
Sisters Ibeyi head to All Points East after the long-awaited release of their upcoming album Spell 31, their first in five years. The Afro-French Cuban duo, Lisa and Naomi, sing in multiple languages including Yoruba, a language spoken by their ancestors back in the 1700s. With their new album, a recent track with Pa Salieu and a song with Jorja Smith on the horizon, their performance in August is bound to be unforgettable.
Also on the bill are electronic afro-funk band Ibibio Sound Machine, DIY spirited and visual artist Nia Archives, hip-hop duo Paris Texas, pop provocateur Willow Kayne and American rockers, Kills Birds.
Gorillaz headline as a UK festival exclusive on Friday 19 August, opening two huge weekends for All Points East. APE Presents: Field Day returns on Saturday 20 August with a jaw dropping double headliner featuring two of electronic music’s biggest ever names, The Chemical Brothers and Kraftwerk. The following weekend sees the highly anticipated Tame Impala (Thursday 25 August), the welcome return of The National (Friday 26 August), essential UK dance duo Disclosure (Saturday 27 August) and one of the greatest live acts performing today, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (Sunday 28 August).
Remaining in August but reverting to its double weekends format, All Points East 2022 takes place on Friday August 19 and Saturday August 20th and then the whole August bank holiday weekend from Thursday August 25th to Sunday August 28th. Once again, the festival is the place to experience the greatest nights of music from the world’s best live acts and discover your new favourite bands.
Jim King, CEO of European Festivals at AEG Presents, says “We’re so excited to head back to Victoria Park this August and open up our 2022 event with Gorillaz. Today we have added some fantastic new artists to Gorillaz’ only UK festival show this year. Turnstiles, Knucks and Ibibio Sound Machine join an already great bill for what we know will be an amazing show this summer.”
2021 saw All Points East return after the pandemic had brought live music to a halt. For 4 joyous days, fans were treated to a celebration led by London Grammar and Jorja Smith, Jamie xx and Kano, Bicep (at APE Presents: Field Day) and Foals and Bombay Bicycle Club.
The quality of artists ran very deep across the days with established names and those on the cusp of stardom entertaining crowds – Caribou, Gang Of Youths, Maisie Peters, Holly Humberstone, Nadine Shah, Loyle Carner, Celeste, Mahalia, Floating Points, Kojey Radical, Sons Of Kemet, Tom Misch, Slowthai, Little Simz, Arlo Parks, Nubya Garcia, Pa Salieu were just some of the acts who appeared in Victoria Park. BBC Radio 6 Music hosted the X Stage, with stunning line ups curated by their DJs, Tom Ravenscroft, Gilles Peterson and Mary Anne Hobbs.
The festival has been recognised as one of the summer’s essential events since its inception in 2019.
Q Magazine awarded All Points East 2019 ‘Festival Of The Year’. In May 2019, All Points East won the award for ‘Best Festival’ at the Music Week Awards. The year before, 2018’s debut established this essential new event as one of the best festivals in the UK. Winning ‘Festival Of The Year’ at the Music Week Awards and ‘Line-Up of the Year’ at the UK Festival Awards, All Points East 2018 boasted headline sets from LCD Soundsystem, The xx, Björk, Catfish & The Bottlemen, The National and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
East London’s beautiful Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets also hosts a hugely popular community focused event each year. In The Neighbourhood, in collaboration with Tower Hamlets Council, hosts a vibrant programme of activities and entertainment, working with the local community, businesses, organisations and suppliers. Previous activities have seen something for everyone – eco-friendly creative workshops, free yoga sessions, street food, open air movie nights, themed drag shows and film panels with Richmix. Everything is free and 2022’s programme will be announced soon…
A commitment to sustainability and accessibility goes hand in hand with the community elements and All Points East is proud to have been awarded Gold on Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice for our commitment to Deaf and disabled music fans.
All Points East continues to work each year with local charity the Tower Project to give volunteer opportunities to young people with learning disabilities and autism on site at the festival, as well as providing education and performance opportunities to the students of nearby ELAM arts and music school. Committing to 100% renewable energy, working towards eliminating single-use plastic from all serve-ware and programming upcycling workshops for children during In The Neighbourhood are further examples of the commitment to the local community and the park.
Local businesses are given opportunities to provide food, drink, merchandise and more so that the local community benefits as much as possible.