Updated: Sep 7
All Points East returned in a spectacular fashion with this year's bank holiday weekend brought to a close by indie legends Foals along with Bombay Bicycle Club and a slew of other well known and up-and-coming artists.
Olivia Dean kicked off the overcast day on the West Stage with ‘Echo’, she set the tone for the day perfectly with her smooth melodies and infectious energy as she pranced around the stage with a wide smile on her face. Following along with other crowd favourites and some of her newer material, by the end of the set she had everyone up on their feet singing and dancing along, which was great to see given the early set time.
Liz Lawrence rocked the East Stage respectively with her black tasseled jacket blowing in the wind as she got the crowd even more pumped for the rest of the rather long day. Even with the rain, she had everyone dancing to tunes such as ‘Babies’ and was a more than amazing set to open up the main stage of the day.
The first experience of the North Stage came with Working Men’s Club set, which was rammed a long while before they even graced the stage. Walking out to Abba’s ‘Kisses of Fire’, they had the crowd going from the get go and their electrifying set spurred them on – feeling more like a rave that could have belonged on the BBC Radio 6 stage across the field. Even with minor technical issues, they had their audience entranced throughout the set and was well worth the wait.
During this, Holly Humberstone filled out the West Stage - taking to the stage on her lonesome with her guitar and keyboard. For someone so young, she had incredible stage presence that ensured that the thousands of people that were there enjoyed every second of her set and it’s clear to see why she is so popular both here and in the states.
Her set was followed by none other than Maisie Peters, Ed Sheeran’s prodigee at the height of her debut album release that reached number 2 on the UK’s album chart. Her infectious energy was felt throughout and her ability to turn heartbreak and betrayal into pop tunes is exactly the energy the day needed. Finishing the set off with fan favourite single, ‘Psycho’, she had everyone in the palm of her hand as they chanted the lyrics back and danced to the memorable chorus.
Midlands favourites Noisy brought in maybe the biggest crowd of the day besides the headliners as people scrambled to make their way as close to the stage as possible and into the pit. Starting off the set with ‘So What?’, they set the tone for the rest of their set with the dance hip hop vibes that they have portrayed since their debut in late 2019. The crowd was on a high as frontman Cody riled them up, growing the pit bigger and bigger until security had to step in. Finishing with a new unreleased song, it didn’t stop the crowd from ending that set with yet another rowdy mosh pit that reminded us just why festivals are the best thing about summer.
With the evening fast approaching, it was time to bask in the glory of indie royalty Bombay Bicycle Club. Starting the set off with ‘Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing but You)’ from their newest album, it was clear to see why everyone still adores them all these years later from their strong debut. Playing other crowd favourites such as ‘Feel’ and ‘Always Like This’, the feeling of togetherness with those around after such a long time without festivals was impossible to ignore and having such a pivotal band there to experience it with was incredible nonetheless.
However there was nothing that could have come close to the ever energetic and memorable set from the headliners, Foals. With the red beaming lights adorning the stage during the opening, everyone waited with baited breath to see what incredible setlist Yannis and the rest of the band would pull through with and they did not disappoint. Starting off strong with ‘The Runner’ from their latest album ‘Everything Not Saved Will be Lost Part 2’, the electrifying guitar riffs and strong bass line filled the park and the mood was set for the rest of the set. It wouldn’t be a Foals set without the popular ‘Mountain at My Gates’ and ‘My Number’, which had the whole crowd singing along and moshing to the songs that only those living under a rock would have not been able to hear and enjoy at some point in their lives. With songs like ‘Black Gold’ and ‘‘Spanish Sahara’ allowing us to truly appreciate Yannis’ rough vocals that ripped through the 40,000 strong capacity as well as those outside the park. It wouldn’t be a true end to the set without having Yannis tear up the place with ‘What Went Down’ which always ends up with the most chaotic mosh pits thanks to its powerful hook that has everyone screaming along, as did the brilliant old time favourite ‘Two Steps, Twice’.
After a festival-less summer last year that had everyone down in the dumps, it is no surprise that with a lineup like this and the great organisation throughout, All Points East was a brilliant way to reintroduce yourself to festivals and their atmosphere, especially thanks to the incredible artists involved.