The staple of Hackney festival season, All Points East has always created a buzz for its incredible headliners over the years. Those acts have ranged from the likes of Bjork, LCD Sound System, Chemical Brothers, Foals, Justice, Bon Ivor and WAY too many more to list.

This year is no different with a phenomenal weekend line up consisting of The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Stormzy to Erykaa Badu and ending the proceedings for Bank Holiday Monday, LA trio Haim. The band celebrating their 10th anniversary of their seminal album ‘Days Are Gone’ with London clearly still holding a special place in their hearts for them as the city which heralded their first tracks whilst America was still discovering their incredible music.

Under a blazing hot sun, Victoria Park seemed in high spirits with some an impressive mix of acts during the day. As always All Points has an outstanding range of food on offer. Vegans are particularly well catered for this year with veggie options in ‘fried chicken’ and ‘roast pork’ wraps. Alongside a host of vibrant pop up bars including the likes of the Kraken Rum bar, Margherita and Contreau bars, all doing a roaring trade throughout the day. One aspect which is often overlooked at festivals is their wide range drinks on offer at APE. This isn’t your standard Reading fayre and it’s truly refreshing to have the likes of Red Stripe and Brixton Beer on offer rather than simply overpriced Carling and Stella’s.

The lineup for Monday is also particularly impressive. There’s a real diverse mix of acts on offer this Bank Holiday from the chilled out beats of Girl in Red, the equally relaxed, blissful-vapourware sounds of FKJ. Right through to the soulful sounds of Durand Jones and the legendary Don Letts.

Taking things up a notch are Confidence Man, who after rocking the crowds at Glastonbury earlier this year, raise the roof of the dance tent with their 90’s infused dance tracks. This Brisbane collective truly have set the festival scene alight since appearing back in 2016 and this performance is no different, starting the set with Macarena backdropped against the visuals of the beloved ‘Nodding Cat Meme.’ From there, things only get wilder as performers Janet Planet and Sugar Bones lead the crowd through some of their most well loved tracks. The band do a sterling job at getting the crowd bouncing, performing their classics hits like Toy Boy and Out the Window. It’s a joy to watch these professionals do what they do best and soon the whole tent is bouncing with their hit Now U Do. In comparison, Blatimore rockers ‘Snail Mail’ offer a full on 90’s grunge-style set which is in stark comparison and certainly turns heads.

But as the sun lowers in the sky, the crowds gather to watch the headliners of the day Haim headline. Having seen the epic queues for people to recreate the cover of ‘Days are Gone’ thanks to a pop up stall wherein people are invited to sit as a trio in a row of deckchairs like the cover of Haim’s debut album, it’s clear this is going to be the busiest crowd of the day. So it’s no surprise to see the hoards of people racing to get a good spot. Set against the raucous opening chords of Fergie’s ‘London Bridge’ Haim take the stage to rapturous applause. The whole performance seeming more like a celebratory homecoming after their aforementioned break via XFM in the UK 10 years ago. Sisters Alanna, Este and Danielle are frankly incredible, blazing through a set that mixes a range of their beloved songs from ‘Days Are Gone’ including ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’ and ‘Falling’ against some of the more recent releases such as ‘Want You Back’ much to the adoration of the crowd. The showmanship and range of musical skills that’s displayed is also sensational with an awe-inspiring level of talent between them. Guest saxophonist Henry also does a phenomenal job in accompanying the trio, adding a fantastic edge to their performance.

There’s a huge amount of love both between the audience and the band and with an encore of the band’s beloved single ‘The Wire’ getting the crowd bouncing one more, it’s clear the band are as revered today as they were 10 years ago with the release of their album. The perfect end to another perfect All Points East.