APE 25/5/2019 Welcoming in the the first weekend of the All Points East Festival at Victoria Park. The second day saw The Strokes headlining with other brilliant performances by The Raconteurs, Johnny Marr, Courtney Barnett, Jarvis Cocker, Interpol, Anna Calvi and many others. There was a terrific vibe among the crowd with this being the start of the heatwave in London (according to the weather people but you never know with British weather). Gig Junkies’ photographer Bimal was there to capture the magic.


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Courtney Barnett It was a bitterly cold Monday night in an empty Birmingham city centre. A symptom perhaps of the Black Friday shopping frenzy which it seems that we have ‘culturally appropriated’ from our friends across the pond which was happening later the same week? Not surprisingly the O2 Academy reflected this being half full for the visit of one Miss Courtney Barnett; the lady with the coolest middle name in rock.


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Courtney Barnett Courtney Barnett has come a long way over the last 18 months. The sudden worldwide success of double EP ‘A Sea Of Split Peas’ left her touring the same old setlist, despite having her debut album largely finished by the summer of last year. But now ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit’ is finally here, and she is ready to unleash a newfound energy on her audience.


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Courtney Barnett I was pretty much sold on Courtney Barnett from the moment I discovered that one of her songs was called Avant Gardener. Clever. I do love a good pun. Happily the track’s as impressive as the title which, despite a still relatively low profile over here in the UK (Courtney’s from Melbourne), probably explains why this gig at the Hare and Hounds sold out a while back.


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