All Points East is back. The return of the essential music festival comes with its first headliners of the year, Jamie xx and Kano, joined by an immense line up of special guests. Moving three months later into the year to the August Bank Holiday, All Points East will take place in Victoria Park on 27th - 30th August 2021. More shows are to be announced for the weekend. Tickets are on sale from Wednesday 10 March at 10am GMT, and previous All Points East customers can buy now in the pre-sale.
Jamie xx makes a huge return to the East London stage, headlining the Saturday night of All Points East. London born Jamie Smith, better known as Jamie xx, is an acclaimed DJ, remixer, producer and one third The xx. Known for his groundbreaking solo music and carefully curated remixes, Jamie initially found major success in his band The xx, who've released three albums to date including their Mercury Prize winning debut xx.
As a solo force, Jamie has flourished. 2011 saw the release of We're New Here, his full length reimagination of the late, legendary musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron's final studio album, I'm New Here. In 2015, Jamie released his acclaimed debut solo album In Colour. Featuring some of the year's biggest crossover tracks - "Gosh", "Loud Places" and his collaboration with Young Thug and Popcaan, "I know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)", In Colour saw Jamie nominated for GRAMMY, BRIT and Ivor Novello awards.
Following production work for the likes of Drake and Alicia Keys, a ballet score (“Tree Of Codes”) and a collaboration with Headie One and Fred Again.. on their GANG mixtape, Jamie returned with new solo music in 2020. "Idontknow" was his first release in nearly five years and quickly became one of the year's most talked about club tracks, garnering huge support from the likes of Ben UFO, Four Tet, Caribou, HAAi and Bicep. We're expecting some of the most loved tunes from Jamie's formidable catalogue as well as some highly anticipated new music on the All Points East stage.
The legendary London artist Kano emerged during the mid-2000s as one of the UK’s most skilled MCs, he has continued to grow artistically as well as commercially over the coming decades. First establishing his name with underground hits such as 2004's "P's and Q's”, Kano went on to create one of his fundamental releases, Home Sweet Home, for which he subsequently took the 2005 MOBO Award for Best Newcomer.
Following the more commercial 2007 effort “London Town” featuring Craig David, Kano guested on tracks by artists such as Gorillaz and Chase & Status while releasing several underground mixtapes and independent albums in addition to pursuing his acting career. After a break between albums, in which time Kano starred in hit TV series Top Boy, he returned in 2016 for his biggest success to date with the U.K. Top Ten-charting, MOBO-winning and Mercury Prize nominated Made in the Manor. He returned in 2019 with sixth album Hoodies All Summer, previewed by singles "Trouble" and "Class of Deja” and winning stellar reviews across the board.
In recent years, Kano has breezed through a headline slot at Glastonbury’s Park Stage, two national tours and a sold-out-in-minutes show at the Royal Albert Hall. Now in 2021, he is back where he belongs at the top of the bill. Welcome to All Points East!
London-based producer/singer/songwriter Tom Misch blends hip-hop-inspired beats with smoothly soulful vocals and guitar, offering up the perfect soundtrack to a summer festival. Since 2016, he’s rapidly become one of the UK’s most exciting new artists, gaining over 1.1 million monthly listeners on Spotify and playing sold-out tours across the globe. His debut album Geography broke him into the mainstream and featured the singles "Movie" and "Lost in Paris." What Kinda Music, a collaboration with Yussef Dayes, arrived in April 2020 and we can’t wait to hear it live.
slowthai is an unstoppable force and one of a kind. He’s often known for his raw, emotionally direct lyrics that address the struggles and concerns of British youth. The debut album Nothing Great About Britain came out in 2019, receiving a nomination at the Mercury Prize. slowthai released his follow up Tyron in February this year. Welcomed as stunning evolution - the new music showed a different side to the Northampton born artist, including an uncharacteristically soothing track ‘feel away’ featuring James Blake and Mount Kimbie.
An All Points East favourite, Little Simz returns in the wake of her latest LP Drop 6. The record was universally praised and track ‘might bang might not’ became the soundtrack of the summer. Before this, Little Simz had already released two critically acclaimed albums, including iconic GREY Area in 2019, toured the world and received admiration from her musical peers and heroes including Kendrick Lamar. Plus, she has a fan in the legendary Ms. Lauryn Hill and Gorillaz, who each invited her to join them on the road.
West London musician and poet Arlo Parks is one of the most talked about emerging artists of the past year. Pulling from a broad range of influences, including bedroom pop, indie, and R&B, she broke through with the 2019 single "Cola," which caught the eye of the music industry, placing her on the BBC's Sound of 2020 list and landing her a deal with Transgressive Records. Parks then released the dreamy singles "Eugene" and "Black Dog,". Her debut Collapsed in Sunbeams, was released in January to critical praise, peaking at No.3 on the UK Albums Chart.
Jim King, CEO of European Festivals at AEG Presents, says, “It feels so great to finally be announcing our first day of All Points East 2021. The chance to be back in the summer sun in Victoria Park is itself alone a reason to celebrate. The fact we are coming back with such a great first line up announcement makes this an even sweeter moment. There are some exciting changes this year, including our move to the August Bank Holiday weekend. We welcome two sensational headliners for the Saturday, Jamie xx and Kano, as well as a host of amazing artists. We can’t wait to welcome back live music in the UK and be back dancing with you all later this summer.”
Q Magazine awarded All Points East 2019 ‘Festival Of The Year’. In May 2019, All Points East won the award for ‘Best Festival’ at the Music Week Awards. The year before, 2018’s debut established this essential new event as one of the best festivals in the UK. Winning ‘Festival Of The Year’ at the Music Week Awards and ‘Line-Up of the Year’ at the UK Festival Awards, All Points East 2018 boasted headline sets from LCD Soundsystem, The xx, Björk, Catfish & The Bottlemen, The National and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
East London’s beautiful Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets also hosts a hugely popular community focused event each year. In The Neighbourhood, in collaboration with Tower Hamlets Council, hosts a vibrant programme of activities and entertainment, working with the local community, businesses, organisations and suppliers. Previous activities have seen something for everyone - eco-friendly creative workshops, free yoga sessions, street food, open air movie nights, themed drag shows and film panels with Richmix. Everything is free and 2021’s programme will be announced soon.