The essential guide to Victoria Park’s All Points East festival 2022

With All Points East music festival returning to Victoria Park in August 2022, discover all the headliners and acts to look out for this summer. 

Popular music festival All Points East has announced it will return to Victoria Park this August, taking place over the bank holiday weekend and the previous weekend in August, for a total of six days of music. Since bursting onto the scene in 2018, All Points East has brought an incredible roster of artists to the capital, firmly cementing itself onto the city’s music calendar.

Tickets are now available for Friday 19 August and Saturday 20 August when the festival joins forces with Field Day, as well as Thursday 25 August until Sunday 28 August, bringing music to last us the entire bank holiday weekend. 

The Lineup

Here’s the day-by-day lowdown on all the festival’s headliners to give you a taste of what’s to come this summer. 

Friday 19 headliner: Gorillaz head up a day of musical innovation

Cartoon picture of Gorillaz band

All Points East opens its six-day festival throwing it back to the 90s with everyone’s favourite virtual band, Gorillaz. Taking the stage with Song Machine – their newest cartoon music contraption which spits out brand new episodes fresh from the studio – will see Gorillaz joined by an exciting and ever-evolving roster of as yet unannounced collaborators. 

Saturday 20 headliner: The Chemical Brothers play Field Day

The Chemical Brothers album cover

After its storming success last year, Field Day is back for its second (home)coming at East London’s Victoria Park. Landing on the festival’s first Saturday of festivities, there’s no excuse not to have fresh legs for The Chemical Brothers headlining the mainstage. 

This English electronic duo have played a vital role in substantiating electronica and dance music within popular culture over their 30-year career. Their creative bond with one another, similarly to their audiences, is as fervent as it has ever been since their first musical collaboration in 1989. The brothers will be joined by co-headliners and bonafide electronic music forefathers Kraftwerk to keep you dancing all day. 

Peggy Gou – the pinnacle of techno music’s zeitgeist at present – has been announced as the day’s special guest, with the likes of Squarepusher, Folamour, FJAAK, and Heléna Star also joining in.

Thursday 25 headliner: Tame Impala takes the main stage

Tame Imapala against a backdrop of leaves

For the dedicated festival goers fancying a four-day bank holiday weekend, Tame Impala are set to kickstart the second weekend of All Points East in style. This band has traversed the cosmic spectrum of psychedelia, rock, electronica, and more recently R’n’B throughout their kaleidoscopic ventures over the past decade. Joined by the likes of FKJ, Caroline Polacheck, Omar Apollo, The Blaze, Dry Cleaning, Working Men’s Club, Goat, Sudan Archives, Mattiel and Q, Thursday’s lineup has something for you whether you want to dance your socks off or relax with friends and enjoy the tunes.

Friday 26 headliner: The National lead a day of indie-rock and folk

The National Band

Probably the biggest band to come out of Cincinnati, Ohio, this indie-rock group is travelling across the pond this summer, bringing their distinctive baritone sounds and self-penned lyrics to wash over Victoria Park. Joined by the likes of Fleet Foxes and King Gizzard, Friday promises to bring a full day of indie folk and rock music for the ultimate alternative lineup.

Saturday 27 headliner: Disclosure brings the beats

Disclosure-album-cover

If you’ve got the energy, Disclosure has dance music to keep the whole of Victoria Park moving on the final Saturday of All Points East. Surrey-based brothers Disclosure catapulted to fame in 2013, ushering in a seismic shift in UK pop music, and retain their mega fan base to this day. They will be joined by the master of ambient electronic soundscapes, James Blake, as well as Charlie XCX, Mura Masa, Fred Again, Koffee, and Freddie Gibbs, delivering a diverse day of music at All Points East.

Sunday 28 headliner: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds round off the festival

Black and white photograph of Nick Cave and fans

A trusted favourite, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds played at the festival in 2018 and will return to Victoria Park this August, taking the final headliner spot. For the All Points East addicts who have survived the entire bank holiday weekend, this is the prime opportunity to hang up your muddy dancing shoes and chill out to the moody music of this highly celebrated post-punk band. 

Also performing are The Smile,Michael Kiwanuka, Sleaford Mods, Aldous Harding, Anna Calvi, Tinariwen, Jehnny Beth and many more for you to squeeze into the day’s itinerary.

For Local Businesses and Residents

Engagement Fair

All Points East’s Local Business and Organisation Engagement Fair returns in-person for 2022 after a successful year in 2021 with over 20 local businesses and arts organisations attending, many of which went on to be officially involved with the festival. The fair will be held in the Ecology Pavilion in Mile End Park on Wednesday 23 March, full details can be found here

Community Information Session

All Points East are committed to ensuring that the event takes place with minimal disruption to park users and the local community. The event management team will be going through the operational plans for the next 2022 event during an online meeting on Wednesday 6 April, 6-7 pm. Further details and registration information can be found here.

NBHD: In the Neighbourhood

In collaboration with Tower Hamlets Council and local businesses and suppliers, In the Neighbourhood will host a weekday programme of free activities and entertainment in Victoria Park over the course of the festival. From outdoor cinema and theatre, to street food, pop up bars and children’s activities, there are plenty of events that don’t require forking out for a festival ticket. Find out about how to get involved here.

Resident tickets draw for those living nearby

London Borough of Tower Hamlets will be running the annual residents’ ticket draw again. Residents in eligible roads can expect to receive a letter by mid-June. 

The catchment area is expected to remain the same as last year so that the residents closest to the park and most affected by the events have the opportunity to benefit.

As previously, the same number of tickets will be issued per event day. If or when the capacity is increased, the number of tickets available will increase proportionally.

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One thought on “The essential guide to Victoria Park’s All Points East festival 2022

  • A nice article but the truth is, there will be again:

    – unbearable noise pollution around the park
    – tons of litter including broken glass in the grass
    – millions of nitrous oxide capsules everywhere
    – intoxicated yobs harassing people
    – public urination (including indecent exposure)
    – ticket touts and drug dealers on every corner
    – late night disturbance when the crowds head home
    – fights, shouting, abuse and a lot of blue lights and sirens

    No one offers any protection against all these issues for local residents.

    – Police say it is all not crime but anti-social behaviour so it is not of interest to them
    – Council say it is not to do with them but we should contact organisers
    – Organisers make enough money not to care

    These events are out of proportion, extremely poorly managed and only profit driven. Community events associated with them are only a smokescreen. Security provisions are amateurish and the damage caused to the park immense.

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