All Points East

Victoria Park London E3

May/June 2020

May/June 2020

Emma is a born and bred Dubliner, but has been living in London for the past seven years, when she began to work in entertainment journalism. When it comes to music, absolutely anything goes – from Rammstein to ABBA, Carly Rae Jepsen to Arctic Monkeys, Dolly Parton to BTS.

You can follow her at @TooManyEmmas, or follow Metro Entertainment at @Metro_ents.

The Chemical Brothers > Let Forever Be
I always remember this song for the amazing Michel Gondry video that went along with it – the late 90s were the best time for dance videos! This still sounds as fresh as ever even though it’s 20 years old.

Hot Chip > Over and Over
Is there any song that screams festival more than this? 'Over and Over' was played over and over (sorry) at every club night I went to in my late teens, and is guaranteed to get everyone on the dancefloor.

Primal Scream > Country Girl
They may be better known for ‘Rocks' and 'Movin’ On Up', but this has always been my favourite Primal Scream song. Try not singing along to that chorus and attempting hoe-down moves.

The Strokes > You Only Live Once
Choosing my favourite Strokes song was a tough one, but I always go back to this. It always puts me in a great mood, and I think Julian Casablancas is vocally at his best on 'You Only Live Once'.

Courtney Barnett > Pedestrian At Best
Courtney is just cool, isn’t she? From the get-go in this song, she’s basically just complaining over the mic and it is irresistible. I am so looking forward to seeing her, as she is just a ball of painfully cool energy on stage.

Interpol > Slow Hands
This is Interpol at their lyrical best, and is peak mid-noughties indie disco. Azealia Banks’ version in 2010 proved that it’s just an amazing song, however it's performed.

Christine and The Queens > 5 Dollars
I am totally obsessed with Christine and everything she does – how has she produced so many tunes in five years? I could have picked any one of her songs, but the 80s reverb and Chris’s beautiful vocals on this one pipped the rest to the post.

James Blake > Retrograde
This was the lead song off James’s Mercury Prize winning album Overgrown, and sums up what is so great about him. It’s moody yet sexy and sultry, and his voice has never sounded better.

Metronomy > The Bay
This is another song that reminds me of indie discos during the summer, and never fails to put a smile on my face. This and The Look totally soundtracked 2011 for me.

Beach House > Myth
Beach House for me are the best example of dream pop done good – they just make me feel like I’m in a music video, driving on a deserted road while looking wistfully out a window. ‘Myth', from their third album Bloom, is them at their ethereal best – and also comes with an amazingly retro video.

Run The Jewels > Lie, Cheat, StealI was a late arrival to Run The Jewels, but watching performances from them, they are so hard to turn away from – it’s like Outkast levels of energy and charisma. I had to choose this song to represent them based on that chorus.

First Aid Kit > Emmylou
I never thought folk music was my thing, but ‘Emmylou' is so gorgeous that I made an exception. It is so romantic without being schmaltzy, and Klara Soderberg’s vocals are beautiful.