No judgement, just love from Christine and the Queens
Christine and the Queens headlined the East Stage in her first festival headline performance, bringing an immaculately choreographed show to a packed-out and eclectic crowd in Victoria Park.
An emotionally thrilling performance by Christine and the Queens has brought weekend one of All Points East 2019 to a perfect close, along with genre-blurring and standout performances from Metronomy, James Blake, Toro y Moi, Baloji, Ezra Collective, Yves Tumor and many more.
Charming and poised with an ever-growing stature, her brilliantly bare rendition of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ wooed the crowd into an emotionally safe space, while the rest of her set powered on with flair and well chosen and eye-popping pyrotechnics.
Earlier Metronomy treated the crowd at the North Stage to a joyous set that celebrated the 10th anniversary of their Nights Out album. The set included an introduction of each of the band members in the style of their song Aquarius Joe Mount said: “My name is Joseph Mount. “I’m a Virgo, and I like long walks along the canal in East London,” amid chuckles from the growing crowd.
Local electronic duo HONNE took to the stage with their warm, summery robot-soul tracks while chill wave icon Toro Y Moi blessed the audience with his crowd pleasers like ‘Freelance’ and Baloji won over the onlookers with an energetic performance, mixing sumptuous Congolese-flavoured hip hop with accents of jazz, Afro-disco and funk.
Elsewhere at All Points East at the North Stage, James Blake, known for his sonic versatility, was a perfect fit for this day of stellar, genre-blurring music. The London-born, Grammy Award-winning artist served cuts from his latest album Assume Form such as ‘Mile High’ and ‘Barefoot in The Park’.
Kamasi Washington, donning an extravagant robe and supported by an impressive backing band comprised of drums, trombone, keys, vocals and fellow Alpha Pup Records signee Miles Mosley on bass was also a North Stage highlight.
Keeping on the jazz theme, London-bred quintet Ezra Collective showed why they have been tipped as the future of experimental jazz with an unforgettable live performance that merged hip-hop with Afrobeat and jazz. Their sublime cover of the late 90s garage bop ‘Sweet Like Chocolate’ by Shanks & Bigfoot was definitely a highlight.
Other key performances from day three included Yves Tumor, who hit the stage in a lime green wig to channel an eye-popping set which included the provocative ‘Licking An Orchid’ and the airy ‘The Feeling When You Walk Away’.
Electronic duo Maribou State brought majorly feel good Sunday evening vibes at the West Stage with their fusion of ambient electro-funk, which included the gems ‘Midas’ and ‘Steal’. The West Stage also hosted punchy performances by rap goddess Princess Nokia – who sent the audience into meltdown with ‘Kitana’ and ‘Tomboy’ – and pop newcomer Rina Sawayama who delivered a candied, Y2K-electro R&B infused set with a group of dancers. Bangers like ‘Cherry’, ‘Take Me As I Am’ and ‘Cyber Stockholm Syndrome’.
Can you spot yourself in the crowd?