Locals in Tower Hamlets will no longer be able to attend the Lovebox or Field Day festivals, after both events were replaced by the new All Points East Festival in Victoria Park.
Organisers AEG and Goldenvoice won the contract following an open tender process run by the council.
The news about the festival has been received with mixed feelings by locals and festival-goers on social media.
While some are very excited about the event:
— Andy (@AFu_) October 24, 2017
#AllPointsEast tickets have been purchased
— Anthony Withstandley (@oldmanwithers) October 25, 2017
Others don’t seem to be so happy about the replacement:
So Field Day/Lovebox usurped from Victoria Park, in comes AEG with All Points East, difficult to parse the potential impact…
— Drunk Noise (@noisedrunk) October 23, 2017
This sounds cool af although I am a little bit sad about Field Day https://t.co/0unvNFNxpC
— Roisin O’Connor (@Roisin_OConnor) October 24, 2017
Some people are also hesitant to support the organisers, and values they allegedly stand for:
Just a reminder to all those people happy about All Points East that the owner is a far-right Trump supporter who is against LGBT rights
— Sean Carpenter (@seancarpenter2) October 23, 2017
Both organisers are no festival first-timers, as they are behind some of the biggest music events happening nationally and overseas, with British Summer Time and live venue O2 Arena being managed by AEG, and the infamous Coachella Festival in California by Goldenvoice.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said: “The council is pleased to be working with AEG, who were selected following a rigorous procurement process to deliver some exciting events in 2018 which can be enjoyed by local people, Londoners and visitors from across the UK.”
All Points East was announced earlier this week and will take place from May 25 to June 3, beginning on the Bank Holiday weekend with a variety of music events.
The festival will continue with a free-to-access programme during the week with comedy, food, outdoor cinema screenings, and more, before closing the following weekend with more music acts.
Jim King, Executive Vice President at AEG Presents told EastLondonLines: “We’re very excited to be launching All Point East next year, with a programme across 10 days that has community at its very heart.
“After being selected from the tender process, we’ve worked closely with the Mayor Of Tower Hamlets and his team to ensure that All Points East will complement the local community during the ten day event.
“All Points East will include six music events across the 10 day event program and offer midweek open access entertainment which gives the park back to the local residents in between the two weekends of music, all of which take place before the summer holidays so local residents can enjoy the entirety of the park all summer long.”
Music fans will have the opportunity to enjoy three full days of live shows. The first Saturday headliners will be South London band The XX, with other acts on the day including Popcaan and Lykke Li. The second weekend will see performances by The War on Drugs, Future Islands, and others before the festival is topped off by indie-rock band The National, who have said they are ‘already thinking about ways to make this more than just a show.’
Lovebox were unavailable for comment.
Tickets for the festival weekend go on sale 9am Friday November 3.