All Points East 2019 closed two weekends of music with a stellar Sunday headline performance from Bon Iver.
Wearing headphones over a bandana and a Discwoman t-shirt, frontman Justin Vernon took the audience on a musical journey through his eclectic catalogue from experimental electronic sounds to soothing folky pop.
As if being treated to a rare performing of old favourites 'Skinny Love’ and ‘Woods’ wasn't enough, the adoring crowd also got gifted with an exclusive world video premiere of two brand new tracks following the performance from Bon Iver’s upcoming, anticipated new record.
On the East Stage just before the headline act, John Grant performed a career spanning theatrical set wearing metallic blue face paint he announced, ‘It’s amazing thank you very much we love you! Enjoy the rest of your evening’ before finishing with ‘Queen Of Denmark’ from his debut album of the same name.
Mac DeMarco performed an hour-long headline set over on the North Stage and got the crowd singing along to ‘My Old Man’ followed by ‘Ode To Viceroy’. In typical fashion the Canadian artist kept up with his cheeky comedic persona smirking and doing gymnastics throughout his set.
Opening the East Stage for the day acoustic singer-songwriter Charlie Cunningham played songs from forthcoming album Permanent Way. Sharing his excitement about being on the bill he stated to the crowd ‘Thanks! It’s definitely intimidating knowing the artists that are going to be on this stage after us.’
The hottest weekend of the year so far Snail Mail aptly opened their set over on the North Stage with ‘Heat Wave’ from their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Lush’ with Lindsey Jordan stating “So exciting to be back in London thanks to the festival and Justin for having us”.
KOKOKO! got the crowd moving over on East Stage bringing their recycled DIY instruments from Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Wearing matching yellow boiler suits the African collective bought their experimental, eclectic dance beats to Victoria Park to a great reception from the crowd who jumped up and down throughout.
Over on the North Stage Australian singer-songwriter RY X performed with a string quartet, whilst The Tallest Man On Earth took to the East stage solo stating “Hello All Points East I haven’t played a festival in about five years! This is like driving a really really really big car”
Performing dressed in a twin pink animal print set and pearls Ezra Furman brought his life-affirming outsider pop to a huge crowd at the North Stage. Opening with the raucous Restless Year, the energy didn’t let up as the band charged into one of his best-loved songs Haunted Head, followed by tracks from his recent album Transangelic Exodus including the poignant ‘Driving Down To LA’. Furman proceeded to lead his loyal fans into a buoyant sing-along to Ordinary Life’, from his landmark 2016 album Perpetual Motion People.