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Foals and Bombay Bicycle Club tickets at Victoria Park in London
Mon 30 Aug 2021

All Points East Festival

Foals and Bombay Bicycle Club

Caribou, Gang of Youths, Whitney, Jade Bird, Tune-Yards, Nadine Shah, Ghostpoet, Maisie Peters, The Magic Gang, Holly Humberstone, Octo Octa, Flyte, Liz Lawrence, Olivia Dean, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard
Victoria Park, London, United Kingdom

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Foals and Bombay Bicycle Club

Caribou, Gang of Youths, Whitney, Jade Bird, Tune-Yards, Nadine Shah, Ghostpoet, Maisie Peters, The Magic Gang, Holly Humberstone, Octo Octa, Flyte, Liz Lawrence, Olivia Dean, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard
Victoria Park
Grove Road Bow
London, United Kingdom E3 5TB
Mon 30 Aug 2021
Doors Open: 13:30
Onsale: Fri 26 Mar 2021 - 10:00 BST

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Bio: Foals

All Points East can excitingly reveal the next day of the festival featuring Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club, Caribou, Gang of Youths, Whitney, Jade Bird, Tune-Yards, Nadine Shah, Ghostpoet and many more of the UK’s best artists will join the essential music festival, on Monday 30 August. This follows the latest APE line up announcements Jamie xx and Kano (Saturday August 28) and APE Presents Field Day with Bicep + more (Sunday August 29).
 
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. Tickets are on sale from Saturday 27 March and previous All Points East customers can buy from today in the pre-sale. General Admission tickets for APE Presents Field Day and Jamie xx and Kano are now sold out with only VIP packages remaining - the first batch for the latter sold out in minutes.
 
Spanning a career of over a decade, Foals are one of the UK’s most celebrated live acts, ever the best festival performers or arena-filling mainstays of the international touring circuit. Now, six albums in, the 2020 BRIT Award winners are bringing their energy and incredible catalogue to All Points East on August 30.
 
The Oxford rock band Foals have released an impressive six top 10 albums and it all began with Antidotes in 2008, an incredible and era defining record that set the stage for their later works: 2010’s Total Life Forever, featuring the brilliant ‘Spanish Sahara’; 2013’s Holy Fire, which included ‘Inhaler’ and ‘My Number’; and 2015’s What Went Down, which features the hit ‘Mountain At My Gates’.
 
Their two-piece project Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost arrived in 2019, with Part 1 nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize. Alongside UK No.1 album Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2, Foals announced their tour documentary, Rip Up the Road. Despite having to reschedule their 2020 European tour, Foals kept busy and released Collected Reworks, a career-spanning remix album logging alternative versions of their incredible catalogue by other artists like Hot Chip, Rufus Du Sol and Kieran Hebden (Four Tet).

Foals say, “We're super happy to be playing at APE this summer. Victoria Park is one of our spiritual homes, so it's going to be really special. We're currently working hard in the studio and you never know, we might just throw in a new riff or two!
Love Foals”

Bombay Bicycle Club will join them on Bank Holiday Monday. Last year, the Mercury Prize nominees and Ivor Novello winners (for Best Album for So Long, See You Tomorrow) returned for the first time in four years after announcing their hiatus in 2016, to much anticipation from both fans and the industry. Their comeback track ‘Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)’ was certainly worth waiting for, and offered an exciting glimpse into the sonic palette on their fourth Top 10 album, Everything Else Has Gone Wrong – described by The Independent as “an album that upholds Bombay Bicycle Club’s position as one of indie music’s most inventive bands.”
 
2019 saw Bombay Bicycle Club’s seminal album I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose turn 10 years old; they took to the road and played the record in full on a UK tour to celebrate, with all shows selling out in seconds. Expect to hear indie anthems such as ‘Always Like This’ and newer tracks such as ‘Is It Real’ and aforementioned single ‘Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)’ during their All Points East show.
 
Canadian artist Caribou, real name Dan Snaith, is an award-winning composer and musician, having picked up the coveted Polaris Music Prize for his 2007 album Andorra. With nine other albums at his disposal, Caribou tours globally for fans all over the world. His most recent offering, 2020’s Suddenly, is an album about, “remaining optimistic in the face of sudden, life altering changes - moments when your world changes in an instant.” Expect tracks from his latest pertinent record plus so much more during his Victoria Park performance.

Joining the All Points East 2021 bill are Australian indie-rockers and ARIA Award winners, Gang of Youths. Entering the industry back in 2013, the band’s first single ‘Evangelists’ was met with instant praise. This led to their 2015 debut album, The Positions, which peaked at no.5 in the ARIA album charts and was praised worldwide for its sincerity; lead singer Dave Le’aupepe wrote the record after suffering some personal trauma, which is hugely reflected in the lyrics. Their second album, Go Farther In Lightness, arrived in 2017 and included ‘Let Me Down Easy’ which became their first top 50 single in Australia. Anticipate big things from Sydney’s hottest indie band when they play London this August Bank Holiday.

We have been informed that that due to unforeseen circumstances, Róisín Murphy will unfortunately be unable to appear at All Points East 2021. We hope Róisín will be able to join us in the future in Victoria Park.

Chicago band Whitney, fronted by duo Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich, followed up their acclaimed sophomore album, Forever Turned Around, with a covers collection entitled Candid in 2020. With covers being an integral part of the band’s ethos, renditions of classics by the likes of Allen Toussaint, Dolly Parton and Neil Young are known to be highlights of their setlists.

Hitting the ground running back in 2017 with her first EP Something American, Jade Bird caught the attention of industry and fans alike. It’s been non-stop for her ever since, touring across the UK and US, and writing and recording her debut self-titled album. Released in 2019, including stand-out singles ‘Lottery’, ‘Uh Huh’ and ‘I Get No Joy’, Jade Bird secured the No.10 spot in the UK album Chart and hit No.1 in the UK Americana Chart. After a year on the road, Bird shared fresh new tracks ‘Headstart’, ‘Houdini’ and ‘Open up the heavens’, paving the way for her exciting next steps, and making this cherished songwriter one to watch at All Points East.
 
Tune-Yards fuses indie-pop and global elements into uniquely vibrant music. The musical project of Merrill Garbus since 2006 with five albums in her back catalogue, Tune-Yards is gearing up for the release of her sixth record, Sketchy, out 26 March. Hear the new album, including singles ‘hold yourself.’ and ‘Cannonball’ when Tune-Yards takes to the stage.

Nadine Shah captured the hearts of the nation via her Mercury Prize nominated 2017 album Holiday Destination, also winning several accolades including the AIM Awards 'Independent Album of the Year'. She returned in 2020 with her highly anticipated album Kitchen Sink, met with critical acclaim across the board.
 
Two time Mercury Prize nominee, Ghostpoet is a genre-bending artist with five albums to his name. Preceding his most recent record, Ghostpoet’s fourth album Dark Days & Canapes cemented him as a perceptive and original songwriter, with glowing reviews across the board. Hear tracks from this acclaimed project and his latest 2020 album I Grow Tired But Daren’t Not Fall Asleep in Victoria Park this August.

Also joining the line-up for Monday 30 August are Maisie Peters, The Magic Gang, Holly Humberstone, Octo Octa, Flyte, Liz Lawrence, Olivia Dean and Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard.

Bio: Bombay Bicycle Club

Everything Else Has Gone Wrong was the last song to be written for Bombay Bicycle Club's fifth album, and it makes perfect sense that it gives the record its name. "It seemed to encapsulate everything the album is about," says singer/guitarist Jack Steadman. Like the album, the song is about hope and renewal, about finding safety in what brings you comfort, in what you love the most, while all around is crumbling. "Keep the stereo on, everything else has gone wrong," the chorus declares. "For my whole life, I haven't been very good at expressing myself with words," Steadman says. "The irony is that the song is about not wanting to write lyrics, but it has lyrics I'm really proud of. And after that, we realised a lot of the other songs had that theme, of music as a cathartic refuge." The driving, insistent beat builds to a middle eight that could sum up the story of the band's last five years: "I guess I've found my peace again, and yes, I've found my second wind..."

At the beginning of 2015, just a few weeks after Bombay Bicycle Club played a triumphant hometown show at London's Earl Court - the biggest in their 10 years together as a band - the four members all went for a drink. They had just finished 18 months of touring their fourth record, So Long, See You Tomorrow, which had given them their first number one album. So, of course, they decided to break up. "Everything Was Going Really Well is a great alternative album title," jokes guitarist Jamie MacColl. Steadman says that despite their success, it felt like a natural moment for them all to step away from what had been at the centre of the four men's lives since they were at school. "It's so much easier to stop when you can call it quits and know you were at the top," he explains. "I think if we had gone any longer, we may have broken up in such a way that we might not have ever been able to return to it."

They announced a hiatus, but for all intents and purposes, the band was done. Each person felt they needed to see life outside of Bombay Bicycle Club. Steadman went on to release an album as Mr Jukes, MacColl went to university to study for a BA and a masters, bassist Ed Nash released a record as Toothless, and Suren de Saram hit the road as an in-demand session drummer. Then, in 2017, they started to talk about the imminent 10th anniversary of their debut, I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose. "It really was baby steps. We considered playing shows to celebrate that, and that was going to be it for a while," explains Steadman. "I remember thinking, we can't come back and play an old album and disappear again. That's what 80s bands do, and we were 28 at the time." Nash recalls going for a drink with his friend and wondering what their future held. "I went to the pub with Jack and I said, I really miss it, and if there's potential to do it again, I'd be into it."

They started to test the waters of being a band again. Steadman and Nash went off to a friend's house in Cornwall, spending one week out of every month there for the first half of 2019, where they worked on demos separately, coming together in the evenings to go through what they had done. It took everything back to the very beginning. "I can remember Always Like This was only finished because Ed came round to my house and he helped me write the chorus," says Steadman. Almost all of Everything Else Has Gone Wrong was written in Cornwall, and it changed the dynamic in a crucial way. Two of the songs on the record - Good Day and People People - were written or co-written by Nash, which was a first for the band. "I think that's a nice example of things being different, and a nice example of how us all going and doing our own thing has benefitted the band," says Steadman. "Because I think Ed probably had songs up his sleeve all this time, but doing a solo album has given him the confidence to share them."

One of Nash's songs, People People, was co-written with long-time band collaborator and vocalist Liz Lawrence, who sings on a number of tracks. "When we were in Cornwall, I would send Liz loads of ideas and she'd send them back immediately, and they just sounded so good, so we would keep them. Because of touring, we knew how our voices work together, so it was effortless," explains Steadman. Another new voice on the album is singer/songwriter Billie Marten, who sings on the gorgeous, sweeping Racing Stripes. She and Steadman met at a Choose Love charity concert. "We talked about bands we both loved and stayed in touch. She reminded me of Low. I fell in love with her voice," he says. "It was the same with Rae Morris on the last album," says MacColl. "We wanted to do something new, and add different textures."

The band were clear from the beginning that they did not want to produce Everything Else... themselves. "Having someone else come in was a way of pushing us slightly out of our comfort zone," says Steadman. It was Nash who suggested John Congleton. "Congleton was someone I personally wanted to work with," he explains, adding that he had been a fan of the producer's work with Wild Beasts and St Vincent. They tested out a few songs in London with him, then spent just three weeks in Los Angeles recording the album. "He works very instinctively," says de Saram. "If we've got a good sound, get it down. On quite a few of the songs, we just did one or two takes, which would have been unheard of in the past."

For MacColl, the producer brought important friction to their dynamic, again forcing them into a new and unfamiliar position. "He has less of a natural pop inclination than we do, which was good in some ways, because it was an ongoing battle. I think it was the most creative friction we've had with someone, which is a good thing." If the band wanted to do too many retakes, or fiddle with tiny details, Congleton would tell them to stop. "It's the least sanitised record we've ever made," says Steadman. "The album sounds a lot looser, in a good way, than our other albums, which can be very machine-like. I feel like I've relaxed, and chilled out a bit." They recorded more songs playing live, together, whereas on older albums, they might have recorded their parts separately, and made it perfect in the production. "There was less time spent on the computer. We recorded Good Day, which Ed wrote, all playing together in the room. I was looking around being like, ah, it's us four again. It was a sweet moment," says Steadman.

The first single to be released from the album, Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You), was emphatically Bombay Bicycle Club, a confident, certain return to form. "We felt it was recognisably us, while also sounding fresh and new," says de Saram. "I remember playing the demo to a mate of mine, in my car, and as soon as it came on, he had a big smile on his face. It felt like we were back." The hiatus had revived them. "There was an element of not knowing what you've got til it's gone, and taking things for granted, which we definitely were," he continues. "Having spent some time apart, we realised how special and meaningful it was to all of us, in our own way. We're much more appreciative now."

This feeling of rejuvenation, of a rediscovered sense of purpose, runs through the bones of Everything Else Has Gone Wrong. "Lyrically, it's the most different to any of the previous ones. The songs are quite direct and personal, but not about relationships, like the other albums. I can feel more of Jack or Ed in it," explains MacColl. Nash says that when the band began, they were, for obvious reasons, writing about being teenagers. "For me, this record is looking at the next stage of being in your late 20s," he says. "I Worry Bout You is about caring for someone. There are songs about companionship, about trying to find your place in the world, all these things we never really touched upon before. All of our friends are struggling with that next stage in life."

The majestic Do You Feel Loved?, which builds around a dancehall beat and a flute sample, captures their new, wide-angle perspective, particularly when it comes to the lyrics. "For me, it's rare to write a song about contemporary culture," says Steadman. "But that it is about technology, and how we're all desperate for affirmation, refreshing our phones to look for people to love us and to get likes." Its middle eight draws on ambiguous spirituality - "all the cracks around your head will fill with light" - before it plays out by asking its central question again and again. Good Day sees the band in new, more sparse territory, exploring a similar malaise. "This is one I wrote, in Cornwall," says Nash. "For me, it perfectly summed up how I'd been feeling for the year or two prior to that. I was having a hard time on a day to day basis, and I'd be like, fuck this, why am I doing music, I should get a real job. I realised there were bigger problems than the ones that were surmountable. You're in charge. If you want to have a good day, you're the master of your destiny." The beautiful Racing Stripes, meanwhile, represented a breakthrough for the band, during a brief period in Cornwall when Steadman was finding it difficult to write. "It's a good example of the emotional rollercoaster you go through. I was like, this is it, I can't do this any more, and then the next morning you're like, ah, this is a really good song. The relief!" he says.

"Racing Stripes is the first song we've done where I feel you could have a lighter in the air and sing along to it," says MacColl. Its final refrain, a lilting loop of "This light will keep me going," speaks to the future, and to what they have achieved together, and will go on to make. "I find this album to be so much more positive than anything we've done before," MacColl continues. "It is inherently optimistic about what's next." As the title has it, Everything Else Has Gone Wrong. The 'else' is crucial. Bombay Bicycle Club have found their second wind.

Bombay Bicycle Club’s new album, “Everything Else Has Gone Wrong”, is out now.

www.bombaybicycle.club

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