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Live music and street food at the London festival

Published:
13:03 15 August 2022



Since bursting onto the London festival scene in 2018, All Points East have brought some of the world’s biggest acts to Victoria Park each summer and cemented their status as one of the capital’s premier music events.

From August 19-28, the festival returns to the East End for two huge weekends of rock, indie, dance and hip-hop, plus an exciting program of free entertainment and activities mid-week.

To get you excited for this year’s epic 10-day event, here’s our pick of five highlights to look forward to at All Points East Festival 2022.

1) A full day of dance music celebration

The hugely popular Field Day returns on Saturday August 20 to celebrate its 15th anniversary with a double headliner featuring two of the most iconic names in electronic music.


The Chemical Brothers headline Field Day with an all-new live show of big beats and mesmerizing visuals
– Credit: Hamish Brown

After captivating crowds on the East Stage in 2019, dance pioneers The Chemical Brothers will return to headline with an all-new live show of big beats and mesmerizing visuals.

Joining them will be German electronic music gods, Kraftwerk, who will present their floor-filling live sets and legendary 3D show.

Other high-profile artists performing this that day.

2) UK Festival Exclusives

Once again, APE is the place to be for festival exclusives of acts spanning all genres over six music-packed days.

Kicking off the event on Friday August 19 with their only UK festival appearance this year, Gorillaz will delight fans with classic hits and songs from their latest album, Song Machine.


Gorillaz virtual band press shot

Virtual band Gorillaz will open the event on Friday August 19 with their only UK festival appearance this year
– Credit: All Points East

APE will also be England’s only festival show for indie rock veterans, The National, which will headline the following Friday 26 August.

The legendary Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will close the festival on Sunday August 28, for their only UK festival appearance of 2022.

They are joined by a special line-up curated by Nick himself, including supergroup The Smile, consisting of Thom York and Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood, with Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner performing one of their first trio festival sets.

Don’t miss your chance to catch these amazing acts over the two music-filled weekends.


Nick Cave and the performance of Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds return to All Points East to close out the festival on Sunday August 28
– Credit: Osha Rubchinskiy

3) The next generation of headliners

As well as bringing an impressive roster of big-name acts to Victoria Park, APE will also be championing some of the UK’s best new musical talent.

The Firestone Stage is back, where some of the most exciting up-and-coming artists have performed in years past. This time around you’ll have the chance to see Gglum, Feet, Dweamz, Jasper Tygner and many more up-and-coming musicians.

The BMW UK Play Next stage will also celebrate some of the biggest breakthrough artists and innovative new bands in partnership with their Music Discovery Podcast, hosted by Edith Bowman.

Be sure to check out the artists on the cusp of stardom – you might even see them return to headlining in years to come.


All Points East's full lineup

The All Points East Festival returns to Victoria Park this August bank holiday with six days of music
– Credit: All Points East

4) The best street food in London

It’s not all about the music at APE – as always, festival-goers will have the chance to feast on delicious local street food throughout the event.

Some of the capital’s best vendors will serve a selection of tasty treats over both weekends, and this year each stall will offer a plant-based option to support the festival’s commitment to sustainability.

East London highlights include handmade scotch eggs from Finest Fayre Catering, succulent smoked meats from From the Ashes BBQ and wood-fired sourdough pizzas from Born and Raised.

A variety of local brewers will also be serving craft beers and award-winning draft beers.

5) Free activities and entertainment during the week

Organized in conjunction with Tower Hamlets Council, In the Neighborhood is a three-day community festival which runs from Sunday 21st August to Wednesday 24th.

As in previous years, the family event is free and features a dynamic program of entertainment and activities from local vendors and organizations.


In the neighborhood events program at Victoria Park

In the Neighborhood is a three-day community festival that runs from Sunday August 21 to Wednesday August 24
– Credit: All Points East

Catch a movie at the outdoor cinema, which will feature The Incredibles, Spiderman – No Way Home, Back to the Future, Dirty Dancing, Mamma Mia and The Bad Guys.

There are also science and drawing workshops for families, as well as drama and music sessions from South London Samba, Children’s Theatre, ELAM and Hip Hop Bingo.

If you’re feeling active, you can get involved in yoga sessions or Saracens Rugby, West Ham FC and Tower Hamlets Tennis sports sessions.

To purchase tickets for All Points East, visit allpointseastfestival.com.