The Vibe: London’s biggest and best music festival returns for its second year, with six headline shows taking place over two weekends (with four days of free activities in-between). Don’t worry that on the way out you’ll never be able to locate the entrance in Victoria Park where you came in. It’s the Bermuda Triangle of East London. Just go with it.
Line-Up Picks: The first night of weekend one culminates in what will be a head-spinning set from The Chemical Brothers, showcasing ace new album No Geography. Primal Scream and Hot Chip form a pleasingly unlikely partnership in support, like if the IT nerds and the detention rebels all started hanging out together in school. The Strokes make their first trip to the UK in four years to headline Saturday, backed up by Jack White’s reunited Raconteurs and fellow New Yorkers Interpol, who have spent most of the time since last year’s triumphant Marauder album on the road. Those suits must need a dry-clean. Christine And The Queens head up the Sunday night with her theatrical future-pop spectacular – James Blake will do his melancholy minimalist piano thing just before.
Weekend two launches with a sensory overload as Sheffield metallers Bring Me The Horizon conduct a thorough test of their crowd’s eardrums, while Mumford & Sons will bring their Gentlemen Of The Road event to the capital to headline the Saturday. (They have curated the day’s proceedings. Maybe Marcus Mumford will even man his very own waistcoat stall). The festival concludes on Sunday night with what is sure to be a captivating set from Bon Iver, a man who doesn’t like showing his face but will have to show his face because he’s been booked now. You’ve signed on the dotted line, son. Get your face up there.
Likely To Bump Into: It’s such a varied line-up that there’s sure to be a changing of the guard for each day, as well as the hardened regular attendees. There will be old ravers excited by the prospect of having an excuse to get to go back to their own bed after The Chemical Brothers, young ravers making an excuse to stay up all night after The Chemical Brothers, metal kids for BMTH, totes loads of good mates for Mumfords, and your surprisingly sensitive personal trainer for Bon Iver.
You Need A Time-Out: They have thought about this so I don’t have to: in-between the two weekends,
All Points East will operate In The Neighbourhood, a collaboration with the local council, community and businesses that will play host to a four-day programme of free activities and entertainment. There will be an outdoor cinema, live music, food stalls, bars and more. Maybe you won’t need to go home after all.