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7 Captivating Sets From All Points East 2022: The Chemical Brothers, Gorillaz, Femi Kuti & More
Relive weekend one of the 10-day All Points East festival in London with a recap of seven of its amazing sets, from headlining spectacle to smaller tent swagger.
All Points East, London’s 10-day long music festival and community extravaganza in Victoria Park, commenced this past weekend, giving music-hungry Londoners some outdoor revelry before the sun recedes behind the clouds with the close of summer.
Gorillaz had the headlining slot on the first Friday of the festival, opening the event alongside diverse and impressive acts like Turnstile and Yves Tumor. On Saturday, Aug. 20, APE joined forces with Field Day, a dance music celebration that’s been running strong since 2007, to host electronic idols including the Chemical Brothers and Kraftwerk alongside notable DJs including Peggy Gou and Denis Sulta.
All Points East continues Thursday through the following Sunday, Aug. 28 with artists like Tame Impala, Nick Cave, The National, and Disclosure. GRAMMY.com attended APE's first weekend; read on for some of the best moments and what you might expect from weekend two.
Squarepusher’s Intelligent Dance Moves
Tom Jenkinson — better known for his erratic and eccentric electronic music project, Squarepusher — inhabited the tented North Stage for a live performance during Field Day. He is still going strong after releasing his debut album Feed Me Weird Things in 1996 on Warp, maintaining and upholding the intelligent dance music (IDM) genre with a voracious attitude.
While it may seem difficult to dance to Jenkinson’s fast-paced and random hitting breakbeats, he proved it’s possible with contortionist movements on stage. It didn’t matter that Jenkinson had a six-string bass around his chest; he found time to dance as the jittery flashing strobe lights matched the music in quickness and intensity.
Remi Wolf Goes "Crazy"
California’s Remi Wolf captured the full range of the crowd's emotions on Friday afternoon. She went through the blissful indifference of adolescence with the Sublime-esque alt-rock jam, "Liquor Store," and into raucous female empowerment with the hip-hop soul of "Sexy Villain." Both songs are from her 2021 LP, Juno.
At one point she asked the crowd if they ever felt like badasses before asking in the next breath if they felt like whiny c—. Both queries received exuberant cheers. But the culmination came in her cover of Gnarls Barkley’s hit, "Crazy," an emotion that the crowd was happy to exude when Wolf matched Cee-Lo’s power on the high notes in the chorus.
Fjaak In The Daytime
Aaron Röbig and Felix Wagner, who produce and perform in the underground dance project, FJAAK, generally play music fit for the deep hours of the night within grimy industrial warehouse spaces. They often swap between hard-hitting techno and twisting, left field breakbeats, and on Field Day 2022, they brought their nighttime james to a 4 p.m. mainstage slot.
Devilish beats soared across the fields of Victoria Park as the DJs were broadcast on a triad of LED displays. It was as if they were the lead singers in the various rock bands who would inhabit the same space at different times throughout the event. A complete 180 from where FJAAK is normally found, but they definitely pulled it off.
Femi Kuti Keeps It In The Family
There are certain names that will live on forever throughout the evolution of music, and one of them is Kuti. Since the Nigerian master musician Fela Kuti pioneered Afrobeat back in the late 1960s by combining traditional African styles of music like calypso and Yoruba with funk, soul and jazz, his surname has never been far from the musical conversation.
On the first day of All Points East, Femi Kuti performed with his own Afrobeat ensemble. Just as his father, Fela, did for him, Femi welcomed his son, Made Kuti, into the band. Made performed the final song of the set wherein he held a note on his saxophone for so long people were taking out their phones to time it.
Highschool In The Quad
Alongside the major stages, APE also had small stages for the rising acts. One of such acts was the indie outfit, HighSchool who performed on the Firestone stage for a quick 30-minute set mostly consisting of songs from their debut EP, Forever at Last.
Cordoned in a wholesome nook of the festival near a collection of tables and benches where attendees could rest and eat, the name HighSchool was rather fitting. As the band performed their first-ever set with a live drummer, it felt like one of the times bands would come to play in the quad during lunch in high school.
Chemical Brothers Made Their Own Avengers
The buzz around the Chemical Brothers’ headlining set at Field was palpable, to say the least. As the sun went down and the other stages closed, thousands of people descended on the mainstage field to revel not just in the music of the U.K. favorites, but in the grand, intricate visual show designed by members Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons.
"Block Rockin’ Beats" opened the set, which was particularly spectacular given Dig Your Own Hole celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2022. Classic favorites like "Go" and "Hey Boy Hey Girl" followed soon after. Each track carried with it a unique visual design that seemed to grow more and more impressive and enthralling, but a highlight in that regard was surely "Eve Of Destruction" from the GRAMMY-winning LP, No Geography.
In a popular culture where superheroes are becoming increasingly banal, the Chemical Brothers managed to design their own team of superheroes and supervillains that entered epic combat live on screen. Kevin Feige and the rest of the people at Marvel Studios should take note.
Gorillaz Bring Out Tame Impala (Among Others)
Given the nature of their recordings, every Gorillaz show is likely to have a special guest or two. Prior to All Points East, Damon Albarn and company confirmed not one, but nine different guest artists, including Popcaan, Clash bassist Paul Simonon, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and the Pharcyde’s Bootie Brown.
Yasiin Bey took down vocals on "Sweepstakes" and "Stylo," his two tracks from 2010’s Plastic Beach. Pos, one of the three members of De La Soul, handled his verses (and a rather jovial intro sermon) to the hit single "Feel Good Inc." from 2005’s Demon Days.
Yet even with so many friends coming together for Albarn’s hometown show, there was still room for a few surprises, one of which was Kevin Parker of Tame Impala who performed Gorillaz upcoming single, "New Gold" for the first time ever.
Apple Posts Second Quarter Results
Apple Posts Second Quarter Results
Apple has posted second-quarter financial gains with revenues of $13.50 billion, compared to $9.08 billion last year. IPod sales were down one percent compared to the year-ago quarter with 10.89 million sold, while sales of the iPhone reached 8.75 million, a 131 percent growth. Apple's second-quarter net quarterly profit totaled $3.07 billion, up from $1.62 billion in the year-ago quarter. (4/21)
Coachella Brings In Record Attendance
Coachella hit a record attendance with 225,000 people attending the festival from April 16–18 at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, Calif. Produced by concert promoter Goldenvoice, a division of AEG Live, the festival featured performances by GRAMMY winners Gorillaz, Jay-Z and Phoenix, and Thom Yorke of GRAMMY-winning band Radiohead. Final figures have yet to be finalized, but Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG, expects gross income to reach upward of $20 million. (4/21)
Concord To Reissue McCartney Catalog
GRAMMY-winning artist Paul McCartney has announced that he will reissue his post-Beatles catalog through independent record label Concord Music Group, following the conclusion of his previous arrangement with the EMI Group. Concord previously released McCartney's 2007 album Memory Almost Full and 2009's Good Evening New York City on CD/DVD. Concord expects the first reissue, 1973's Band On The Run recorded with McCartney and his band Wings, to be released in August. (4/21)
Cole, JLS Win At Digital Awards
Cole, JLS Win At Digital Awards
UK pop artists Cheryl Cole, JLS and GRAMMY nominee Robbie Williams were among the winners at the BT Digital Music Awards 10 on Sept. 30 in London, with Cole taking home Best Female Artist and Best Song for "Fight For This Love," JLS winning Best Group and Best Video for "Everybody In Love" and Williams taking the Best Male Artist award. Other artists receiving awards included GRAMMY winners Gorillaz and Lady Gaga, as well as Professor Green, Dizzee Rascal and Tempah. At the 2010 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards on Sept. 30 in Nashville, Tenn., Dailey & Vincent took home Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year honors for the third consecutive year, as well as Album of the Year and Best Graphic Design for a Recorded Project for Dailey & Vincent Sing The Statler Brothers. GRAMMY winner John Hartford and Louise Scruggs were inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame. (10/1)
Study: Media Habits Changing For Young People
A recent Edison Research study titled "American Youth Study: 2010," has documented changes in the media habits of young people in the United States, with respondents moving away from traditional radio and toward the Internet and mobile devices for music discovery and listening. Twenty percent of 12–24 year-olds reported listening to online radio service Pandora while only 6 percent indicated they listened to online streams of terrestrial radio stations. And while 51 percent reported they discovered music through traditional radio, heavy music discovery competition has grown from sources such as YouTube (31 percent) and social networking sites (16 percent). Additionally, 12–24 year-olds have increased the time they spend on the Internet from 59 minutes per day in 2000 to nearly three hours per day in the new study, and 40 percent use their mobile phones to listen to stored music. (10/1)
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Sónar 2020 Lineup: The Chemical Brothers, Channel Tres, James Murphy, Eric Prydz, Jayda G, Mura Masa & More
The "music, creativity & technology" festival returns with its flagship Barcelona event June 18–20
In contrast to the all the colorful music fest lineups with big-font headliners we've seen over the past few weeks, Sónar just dropped a beige, all-lowercase, one-font-size lineup for their June 2020 Barcelona event. Despite the simple layout, the list is filled with an epic artist offering, including The Chemical Brothers, along with rising rapper/producer/dance hero Channel Tres, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, '00-and-beyond house & techno innovator Eric Prydz, environmental scientist/disco queen Jayda G, "Love$ick" producer Mura Masa and many more.
The "music, creativity & technology" festival returns with its flagship Barcelona event on June 18–20. Oft Björk-collaborator Arca, emerging French producer/director duo THE BLAZE, along with worldwide house and techno legends The Black Madonna, Charlotte de Witte, Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin and Laurent Garnier, will also perform.
According to Sónar, current 2020 GRAMMY nominees The Chemical Brothers will be making the Spanish debut of their acclaimed live show, which they toured in 2019 alongside the release of their GRAMMY-nominated No Geography. THE BLAZE will be performing their only live show of 2020 at the fest. Both acts are a great representation of artists celebrated by Sónar—cinematic, unexpected electronic music elevated by the stunning visuals/technology of their live shows.
While Sónar is beloved for their expert curation from within the eclectic electronic music rainbow, they also celebrate left-of-center acts in other areas, particularly in the hip-hop. Channel Tres, whose self-made beats are infused with '90s G-funk, is an artist whose music lives within both worlds. Afro-Latina rapper Princess Nokia, who marks her return to the fest this year, also uses the medium of rapping to incorporate and celebrate diverse sounds and identities within her music.
U.K. rappers Dave, AJ Tracey, Headie One and Conducta, will bring Britain's prevalent trap Grime and drill sounds to the iconic festival. The newer SonarXS stage grows this year as it "expands its mission as a springboard for local and international talent from the fringes." Now in its fourth year, the newly revamped stage "presents Spanish trap and reggaeton from Morad, Afrojuice195 and Miss Nina, as well as unclassifiable strains of street derived music from the likes of Chenta Tsai - Baobae, Califato ¾ or Kaydy Cain."
Tickets are on sale now; visit Sónar's website for more info as well as the complete lineup.
(For a complete list of 53rd GRAMMY Awards nominees, click here.)
It has been a massively successful year in pop with an extensive group of artists, producers and songwriters creating sounds that had music fans singing, dancing and tapping along across the globe.
Over the years, pop has become a very diverse melting pot that incorporates a myriad of different genres, styles and influences. What defines great pop, however, remains unchanged. Pop is marked by elements of classic songwriting, a catchy hook or a genuine sentiment that people everywhere can instantly relate to.
A good example of pop's diverse nature in 2010 is the Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals category. Beyoncé and Lady Gaga are recognized for their solid performance of "Telephone," as are Atlanta genre-buster B.o.B, Eminem and Paramore's Hayley Williams for "Airplanes, Part II." Also nominated are Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg ("California Gurls"), Elton John and Leon Russell ("If It Wasn't For Bad") and Herbie Hancock's phenomenal "Imagine," which includes Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1, Jeff Beck, and Oumou Sangare.
Arguably, females ruled the pop scene this year and the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance category is a proper reflection of that sentiment. Lady Gaga ("Bad Romance"), Katy Perry ("Teenage Dream"), Sara Bareilles ("King Of Anything"), and Norah Jones ("Chasing Pirates") are all up for the coveted GRAMMY statue. Beyoncé's life performance of "Halo" also received a nod. She won this same award last year for the studio version of "Halo."
The Best Male Pop Vocal Performance nominees span an iconic superstar and brand-new talent. A 13-time GRAMMY winner, Michael Jackson received a posthumous GRAMMY nomination for "This Is It," which was featured in his moving concert film Michael Jackson's This Is It. Also nominated are Bruno Mars ("Just The Way You Are"), who scored an impressive seven GRAMMY nods total; Canadian crooner Michael Bublé ("Haven't Met You Yet"); seven-time GRAMMY winner John Mayer ("Half Of My Heart"); and "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert, who received his first career nomination for "Whataya Want From Me."
The cast from Fox's hit television show "Glee" impacted the mainstream charts with a slew of covers this year. The cast's memorable remake of Journey's 1981 hit "Don't Stop Believin' (Regionals Version)" is one of the nominees in the Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or A Group With Vocals category. Also nominated are Maroon 5 ("Misery"), Paramore ("The Only Exception"), Sade ("Babyfather"), and Train, who ruled the radio airwaves with "Hey, Soul Sister (Live)."
The legendary Laurie Anderson, who first impacted the scene nearly 30 year ago with her debut album Big Science, is nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for "Flow." Rounding out the group are five-time nominee Jeff Beck ("Nessun Dorma"), bassist Stanley Clarke ("No Mystery"), Gorillaz ("Orchestral Intro"), and the Brian Setzer Orchestra ("Sleepwalk").
Eight-time GRAMMY nominee Kirk Whalum picks up his fifth nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category for his tribute to soul great Donny Hathaway, Everything Is Everything: The Music Of Donny Hathaway. Joining him are Gerald Albright (Pushing The Envelope), Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto (Take Your Pick), Kenny G (Heart And Soul), and Doors guitarist Robby Krieger (Singularity).
In the Best Pop Vocal Album category Susan Boyle (I Dreamed A Dream), Lady Gaga (The Fame Monster), John Mayer (Battle Studies), Katy Perry (Teenage Dream), and fresh-faced Canadian newcomer Justin Bieber (My World 2.0) will battle it out.
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