27 mai 2018

Victoria Park - All Points East Festival

Londres, Royaume-Uni




Un titre supplémentaire était prévu après Features Creatures mais le couvre-feu a nécessité de raccourcir le concert


It was left to Sunday headliner Björk to create a lasting impression for this rather disparate series of shows. Doubling as the first UK date on her European tour, her stunning avant-pop opera had a suitably awesome backdrop in the form of a (real) full moon and lightning display – plus a lush woodland stage set. Largely a showcase of songs from last year’s “Tinder album” Utopia, the title track’s pastoral woodwind was quickly flooded by treacly bass, and the twisted bucolicism continued from there : glitchy storms of production juxtaposed against impish flautists and Björk’s unmistakable voice. The latter, both urgent and brittle, ensured that even old hits such as Human Behaviour bristled with life. In many ways, Björk’s performance felt detached from the surroundings – her career has been defined by idiosyncrasy and integrity, which aren’t exactly All Points East buzzwords – but it provided an undoubtedly sublime climax to the weekend nevertheless. Guardian

But there was extra poignancy, perhaps, in what older tracks she did include : Isobel from 1995’s Post, and 1993’s Human Behaviour. These two trip-hop-styled songs were both about a girl who is born in a magical forest and whose instinctive way of thinking clashes with the big city’s logic-driven way of living. On Sunday night, Björk seemed to be saying that you have to give yourself over willingly to her paradise instead of trying to find the headline festival set that’s not there. Only then will you truly reap the rewards. Telegraph

For the casual festival one-dayer Human Behaviour and Isobel from the mid-90s brought familiarity, while the sparse soundscapes of Utopia, with its flutes and soft electronica played up to the conditions and capped one of those summer evenings that make London well worth enduring. The highlight was set closer Notget, with its mesmerising snare drum rallying through ever-growing layers of Bjork’s sublime vocal. Metro

sur scène

  • Bergur Þórisson
  • Katie Buckley
  • Manu Delago
  • Viibra (flutists)


habillée par

  • Hungry
  • James Merry


  • Andrew Thomas Huang
  • Jesse Kanda
  • Warren du Preez & Nick Thornton-Jones


  • Santiago Felipe