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The Strokes confirmed for All Points East Festival 2019

The Strokes are set to join The Chemical Brothers and Christine and The Queens as headliners for East London festival All Points East.

The New York band will play their first UK live date in 4 years on 25 May and will see support from the likes of The Raconteurs, Johnny Marr, Parquet Courts, Anna Calvi, Jarvis Cocker and Courtney Barnett.

After finding international success with their debut album Is This It in 2001, The Strokes became one of the most prominent bands from the 00s and fans attending the festival will be looking forward to hearing songs from their back catalogue.

The festival takes place over two weeks from 24 May to 2 June in Victoria Park, London.

The first day will see The Chemical Brothers headline with support from Hot Chip, Primal Scream, Spiritualized, Róisín Murphy and Peggy Gou.

While on 26 May a host of other acts including James Blake, Princess Nokia, Kamasi Washington, Beach House and Kurt Vile and Violators will take to the stage before headliner Christine and the Queens.

The second weekend will see Bring Me The Horizon headline on 31 May and play alongside Run the Jewels, Nothing But Thieves and Idles, with plenty more acts set to be announced for the festival.

Another headline act will be American indie folk band Bon Iver with support from Mac Demarco, First Aid Kit, John Grant and Julien Baker.

With another headline act and line-up still to be unveiled for the 1 June, All Points East is already a contender for one of the best festivals this year.

Tickets for some of the line-ups are already on sale but The Strokes will be on sale this Friday. Visit the official festival site for more info.

Album Review: The Steel Woods – Old News

American country rockers The Steel Woods release their second album Old News via Thirty Tigers today (18 January 2019)

The fifteen-track album opens on a confident note with ‘All of These Years’, its blues influence and smooth guitar hooking listeners in from the get-go. The warmth of the southern rock sound melds perfectly with the country music vibe; the quartet clearly revelling in their Nashville, Tennessee roots.

Without You’, ‘Changes’ and ‘Wherever You Are’ take the album in a slower direction but with Wes Bayliss’ bold vocals, they still have a dramatic effect. Next up is ‘Blind Lover’, which kicks off with an intro of slick guitars and has a soulful, upbeat sound. It’s a true highlight on the album.

The title track veers towards the acoustic with a strong country sound, showing precisely what Nashville is all about, whilst ‘The Catfish Song’ has a poppier feel and is probably the most radio-ready track on the album.

Old News crosses multiple musical elements, traversing country, R&B, bluegrass and folk, so if you’re feeling jaded by the same old southern rock, this is the album to reinvigorate your love of the genre.

★★★★