MONO, A.A. Williams, Pupil Slicer and more announced for Portals Festival

The stacked line-up hits EartH in London in late May...

MONO, A.A. Williams, Pupil Slicer and more announced for Portals Festival
Nick Ruskell

Portals Festival have announced that Japanese instrumental post-metallers MONO will be joining And So I Watch You From Afar in headlining this year's happening, taking place at London's EartH on May 27 and 28.

Also announced today are A.A. Williams, Pupil Slicer, Maybeshewill, Bo Ningen, '68, GGGOLDDD, Paranoid Void, Straight Girl, El Moono, A-Tota-So and The Broken Islands.

They join the already announced Svalbard, Nordic Giants, Ef, Elephant Tree, Jambinai, Human Pyramids, Big Lad, The Guru Guru, VLMV, Bicurious, Shy, Low, Seims, Lakes, and Memory Of Elephants.

“When we booked the first ever Portals all dayer at the New Cross Inn (South East London) in 2015, never in a million years did I think we would ever book a band with the stature of MONO," say organisers Sam Festenstein and Asher Kenton. "They are true pioneers, defining what we now know as post-rock. Their live show mesmerises and tranfixes you, transporting you to new worlds.

"The band formed in the late '90s, when we weren’t even in our teens, before we even knew what post-rock was. Around that time, grunge, punk and alt-rock were the weird, experimental, counter-culture music that we and our peers fell into. Who knew that the sonic landscape would be changed so dramatically by stripping away the aggression to the bare bones, and rebuilding music through extreme dynamic range and carefully crafted instrumentation. Mono were one of those bands, and it’s an honour to be able to bring them to such a dedicated, enthusiastic and reverent audience, such as our Portals Festival family."

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