We may not be able to make the annual pilgrimage to Worthy Farm this year, but it’s not all bad news this festival season, as in 2018 we’ve been blessed with All Points East. With the initial festival running this weekend (25-27), with additional events taking place for a week after, there’s tons to do and an absolutely killer line-up.
If you’re heading down this Friday (25th), you’ll be spoilt for choice with the line-up, so if you need a bit of help, here’s NME’s ultimate itinerary for the day.
2pm, have a dance at Despacio (they’ll be on 2pm-8pm), Despacio
The collab between James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) and David and Stephen Dewaele (Soulwax) is a mainstay throughout All Points East, with all of them taking to the decks throughout the weekend. Come for the epic soundsystem and lights, stay for the back-to-back bangers.
2:40pm, Confidence Man (2:40pm – 15:35pm), West Arena
First up – it’s time to catch a bit of the wickedly fun Confidence Man. Expect fully choreographed dance routines to accompany their wickedly fun synth-pop bangers.
3:30pm, Bakar (3:30pm-4:00pm), JägerHaus
Skip off from Confidence Man a little early, and head to the JägerHaus a little late for Bakar, as you won’t want to miss his set. Over the past few week’s he’s become an NME fav after his electric sets at Live at Leeds and The Great Escape. Expect indie bops and roaring guitar riffs, with bucket loads of energy. Whilst you’re in the JägerHaus you’ll also be able to shoot a few hoops in their backyard, and enjoy a drink (and if you manage to find “Flo’s” mobile number hidden somewhere in the haus and impress him via WhatsApp – you and your pals could gain free entry to their VIP area, where you’ll be treated to free drinks!)
4:05pm, Superorganism (4:05pm – 4:45pm), West Arena
Once you’re done frantically hunting for Flo – make your way back to the West Stage for more neon bright fun courtesy of Superorganism. If you’re not feeling it already, their vibrant visuals and effervescent live show will get you in the mood for dancing.
4:30pm, Hookworms (4:30pm – 5:05pm), North Stage
For a slight change of pace, make a dash from Superorganism midway through, to check out psychedelic quintet Hookworms. Their third album ‘Microshift’ came out earlier this year and we gave it a whopping five stars: safe to say, their sets going to be excellent.
5:10pm, food, drink and Firestone Stage
Take a bit of time to chill, grab a bev and some grub, as you make your way over to the Firestone Stage. Firestone Live is popping up at festivals across Europe championing new music, and if you visit their booth next to it you’ll be in with the chance to win some goodies!
5:40pm, Yonaka (5:40pm – 6:05pm), Firestone Stage
Enjoy some excellent music from Yonaka, who are notorious for putting on mammoth live shows. Highlights will come in the form of the megalithic ‘Bubblegum’ and the swaggering ‘Run’.
6:25pm, George FitzGerald (6:25pm – 7:10pm), West Arena
You’ve got plenty of time to make your way back over to the West Arena to catch George FitzGerald’s sweltering live set. The DJ and producer released his properly excellent album ‘All That Must Be’ earlier this year, and if that’s anything to go by, you won’t want to miss his show!
7:20pm, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (7:20pm – 8:20), East Stage
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ first show in the UK for five years is going to be huge. Tbh,you ought to start mentally, emotionally and physically preparing yourself for what’s sure to be a biblical show.
8:25pm, Phoenix (8:05pm – 9:05pm), West Arena
Make a dash back for to the West Arena, as you’ll want to catch a quick slice of summer shine a la Phoenix. Last year’s ‘Ti Amo’ was basically the perfect record for listening to in the sun, so what better way to spend the sunset with a pint in hand than listening to them blast their way through their glorious indie pop.
9:10pm, LCD Soundsystem – 9:10pm – 10:55pm
Finally, it’s time for the main event: you’ll have five minutes after Phoenix finish to leg it back over to the East Stage – but if you don’t want to miss a moment of James Murphy and co (or, y’know, you want to grab a pint), consider leaving Phoenix a little early. Expect old favourites, new bangers (from last year’s brilliant ‘american dream’) and an outrageously good live show. We’ll see you at the front, yeah?