This summer we don’t have to look far for a good dose of sonic sensations, anything you need to see and have to discover is getting served in a form of one, spread across two weeks festival, All Points East. From 19 to 28 August, Victoria Park will invite you to one of London’s biggest and most diverse events ever. From the head-turning headliners like Gorillaz, Tame Impala or Nick Cave to a vast cool sea of independent talent, they’ve got you covered.
The 2022 edition hides so many gems that it’d be a challenge to uncover all of them single-handed. So, as always, we’re here to help. Dig into our brightest acts and get onto their discography just before the show starts. Enjoy…
“Remi Wolf is spayed, microchipped, flea treated, dewormed, and is current on vaccines”, says the artist’s Instagram bio. Spoiler alert: Remi Wolf is one of the quirkiest, funniest and crazy creative creatures that currently live in LA. Unapologetic with her music, from the overall confusion and chaos of existence, she pickpockets most absurd bits to make them work wonders together. Pop rulebook? Remi didn’t hear about it. Good. She invented her own kind of magic. We’re charmed to the core.
Something big has been creeping on us for a while now. Surprise, it’s Starcrawler, a band bringing rock ‘n’ roll to its knees again. In the best possible way. The vocalist, Arrow de Wilde, marries the gothy aesthetics of Avril Lavigne and Taylor Momsen with highly explosive talent. It’s dangerous to walk past Starcrawler, as their 90s/00s nasty nostalgia in very modern attire, are the best of temptresses. One second and you find yourself head-banging to their newest single, ‘Strander’.
Lucy Dacus is a true godsend from Richmond, Virginia, who firstly proved her heavenly rights with a debut album No Burden in 2016. Today, she still embarking on a soft-spoken journey leaden by her velvety vocals and self-aware lyrics, Lucy teaches us how to feel to the fullest and not let the overflowing emotions consume us. On the side, a member of a supergroup boygenius, alongside Phoebe Bridges and Julien Baker, the artist doesn’t spare us from tears. We’ll weep happily ever after each of Dacus’ albums. It’s power incarnate.
Just like the caffeinated drink, Koffee is here to wake us up. Forward-thinking and global-focused, she wants to spread her individual joy, straight from Jamaica, worldwide. The multitalented Jamaican singer works in reggae, raw emotion and a positive attitude. Ona debut album Gifted, Koffee shows us how to shine so purely in a world ruled by dirty deals and fuelled by greed. Listening to her music feels like participating in a cultural movement that started way, way before, like putting another brick into the temple of freedom and mutual care. Beyond beautiful.
Ever since behind the scenes producer revealed himself to the spotlight, nothing has been the same. Despite what the name suggests, Fred again.., we’ve never seen anyone quite like him. Describing his music as ‘Actual Life’, he samples his signature sounds from the most obscure to the common places: a FaceTime conversation, half-forgotten Instagram footage, content stuck in YouTube’s rabbit holes. A digital master of post-modern melancholia and daring dancehall, he made some good noise during his Boiler Room set, and now everybody’s after Fred again.. Be sure to catch him in time.