Portals Festival Preview – 25th & 26th May 2024, EartH, Hackney


As the days become shorter and evenings grow colder, there’s one thing that’s sure to lift our spirits and that’s the festival season. After last year’s successful event (reviewed here), Portals returns by announcing an array of mouthwatering bands for next year’s festival.

From its humble beginnings as a seven band, one day bill at London’s New Cross Inn, Portals came into being when it moved to the Dome and Boston Music Rooms, Tufnell Park and attracted some of alternative rocks biggest names. The organiser’s ambition found them moving to EartH, Hackney last year, doubling the events capacity and situating it in one of the UK’s finest music venues which includes three stunning spaces under one roof.

On what promises to be a stacked weekend, promising 35 bands over the two days, the first announcement should have music fans salivating in anticipation, and making their first UK appearance will be post-rock band If These Trees Could Talk (and as headliners, too). Formed in Akron, Ohio in 2005, and now signed to Metal Blade Records their slot at Portals has been long overdue and is a real coup for the organisers. Having last toured the UK in 2019 (reviewed here) including a set at ArcTanGent (reviewed here), Taiwanese band Elephant Gym make a welcome return to these shores and are sure to woo the crowd with their heavy, yet lithe, sound. Japanese instrumental math-rock band LITE are sure to illuminate proceedings, whilst Denmark’s Town Portal ensure the event has a truly international flavour. Other bands confirmed are Ireland’s Enemies, along with UK-based acts Yama Warashi, Midas Fall, My Octopus Mind, and Qariaq.

With such an amazing array of bands, and many more to be announced, tickets are sure to sell out well in advance.