Written by: Jordan Foster
With a typically sprawling range of lineups, All Points East is once again a buffet of festivals for music connoisseurs.
Thursday 25th August will see indie-psych royalty Tame Impala present their one and only UK tour date this summer. Kevin Parker and co. promise to light up Victoria Park in technicolour with their back-catalogue of soothing synths and grizzly guitars.
Now that the full lineup has been revealed, the kaleidoscopic breadth of sounds is dizzyingly delightful.
The Aussi headliners will be highly anticipated, of course, but here are five hidden gems to catch ahead of their headline set.
French indie-electronic artist Myd (aka Quentin Lepoutre) is quickly making a name for himself since releasing debut album Born a Loser. With no shortage of party tracks in the 14-track full-length, his set promises to be a highlight on the BBC 6 Music Stage - oddball album centrepiece ‘The Sun’ sounds made for festival shenanigans.
New York-born alt-pop force Caroline Polachek hasn’t looked back since debut full-length Pang, which boasts bouncy hit single ‘So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings’. The well-travelled star is known for her sprawling output, having leaned into dramatic electronica, experimental ambient and synth-pop along the way. She’s even dipped her toe into film soundtracks with bombastic cover ‘Bang Bang’ from Minions: The Rise of Gru.
Also in 2021, Polacheck joined forces with Charli XCX and Christine and the Queens, for 80s synth-pop banger 'New Shapes' - a formidable art-pop trio.
Mood-driven electronic outfit The Blaze consists of French cousins Guillaume and Jonathon Alric – whom both are also music producers and film directors.
Thick beats, piercing vocals and humming basslines characterise their cinematic brand of ambient electronica – most of their tracks build towards intense emotional crescendos in a way that peers such as Fred Again.. and Fakear also master.
Their breath-taking single ‘Territory’ - which you may recall from Google’s sleek 2021 TV ad - will undoubtedly amount to a euphoric centre-piece during their APE set.
With monotone, spoken-word vocal satire and garage-rock guitars, Dry Cleaning form part of a wider wave of modern British post-punk with such other burgeoning outfits as Yard Act, Do Nothing and shame.
However, with a dead-pan expression, this South London four-piece are carving out their own jagged space in that movement. With the highly anticipated Stumpwork album on the way, we can expect to hear plenty more of Florence Shaw and co’s latest smile-inducing tracks this year.
With a whopping 312,916,003 (and counting) Spotify streams on marquee track ‘Tadow’, Paris-based autodidactic artist FKJ has made some serious waves in the world alternative soul in recent years.
His crisp drums, gliding saxophones and silky-smooth vocals promise to bring a moment of respite to the festival, balancing the more frenetic outfits on offer.
All Points East 2022 takes place from 19-28th August in London's Victoria Park. To book your tickets tickets, head to our shop here.