Review: Bjork Mesmerizes Crowd at All Points East

Bjork performs at "Later With Jools Holland" TV show, London, 22 May 2018. Photo by Andre Csillag/REX/Shutterstock (9691157e)

On the last weekend of May, Bjork headlined the main stage at London’s All Points East festival in Victoria Park.

She opened the set with a video explaining that the music we were about to experience represented the merging of nature and technology. Giant orchids, pixies playing flute and spectral videos of birds and flowers were among some of the breathtaking features of the show.

The set itself featured mainly songs from Bjork’s latest album, Utopia. Atmospheric and intriguing sounds pulsed through the enormous crowd and Bjork’s voice sounded as incredible as ever. She was dressed in a beautiful orchid-like gown, topped off with a dazzling mask.

As well as her latest sounds, Bjork surprised the audience with a track from her debut album, “Human Behavior,” which the Icelandic singer hasn’t performed in 11 years. The surrounding greenery and accompanying videos made for a captivating and unexpected performance.

To top the set off, actual thunder and lightning surrounded the park, although luckily, the festival avoided the rain.

Overall, the show was a fantastic way to end the festival, and despite the lack of obvious crowd-pleasers, the audience stood in awe of the spectacle and we left feeling we had experienced something truly special.