Portals Festival

The Dome, London

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London’s first two-stage, two-day festival dedicated to experimental, math and post-rock!

Taking place in the picturesque London Fields Brewhouse. The two indoor live music spaces are connected by a garden area where guests can order food in order to re-fuel, giving the event a real festival vibe, like a mini sanctuary for experimental music within touching distance of the frantic hubbub of Central London.

The stages will alternate so you never have to miss a band. Saturday night is party night and a late curfew means that DJs and live bands will continue late into the night.

*This festival was moved from The Brewhouse*


Yndi Halda

Yndi Halda appearing at this event

Beautifully delicate experimental lo-fi, spine-shivering ambience and teasingly rapturous choruses from Canterbury instrumentalists Yndi Halda. Quite simply, sublime.

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Totorro appearing at this event

French math rockers.

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Talons appearing at this event

Forging the explosive energy of hardcore, the subtleties of post-rock and the fractured song structures and complexities associated with math-rock, Talons possess a fascinating sense of urgency and drive, with a sound that both soothes and savages in equal measure.

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Axes are a four piece based in London via Essex, Scotland, Iran and Denmark who create exciting and surprising instrumental music that combines playful melodic hooks, brutal dissonance and danceable grooves, reminiscent of label-mates Talons and Adebisi Shank.

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Alpha Male Tea Party

Alpha Male Tea Party appearing at this event

A three piece Alternative band from Liverpool, they combine the scope and intensity of groups like Battles and Blakfish with the mad-cap divinations of Devo. For a genre and scene that can wallow in pretension, AMTP stand out with their surrealist mores; humourous song titles, unsubtle dress sense and a nod to weirder sides of life. They have so far played alongside the likes of Adebisi Shank, And So I Watch You From Afar, Tubelord and many more.

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Her Name Is Calla

Her Name Is Calla appearing at this event

Her Name is Calla are a four-piece from Leicester/Leeds who play music to make films to. They deploy sounds and textures to build personal images. They do not adhere to any genre, instead making music that grips them in some way. 'The aural equivalent of open heart surgery without anaesthesia. Simply perfect.' - Losing Today

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Valerian Swing

Valerian Swing appearing at this event

Three italian lunatics playing experimental, anthemic, and largely-instrumental songs.

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Big Lad

"A dark visceral sound that gathers together the rage of Atari Teenage Riot, and the ferocity of Motorhead all fed through a laptop stuck on the ‘Gabba’ setting." - Louder Than War

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Suffer Like G Did

Suffer Like G Did are a four piece instrumental band with hints of funk, soul and jazz.

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The Hyena Kill

The Hyena Kill appearing at this event

The Hyena Kill are a Manchester-based hard rock two-piece, comprised of Steven Dobb (Vocals and Guitars) and Lorna Blundell (Drums), experts in crafting huge, powerful music with enormous hooks and filthy grooves. Described as a 'turbocharged beast' by Metal Hammer.

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Lost In The Riots

Lost In The Riots appearing at this event

Post-rock band with crescendos that reverberate through a tunnel of hardcore. With heavy riffs, melodies that are both playful and intense and impressive musicianship, these guys have found the perfect solution in rejecting the hardcore scene in which they grew up, whilst still allowing its influences to subtly creep into their music, tearing them away from the 'average' post-rock sound.

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Body Hound

Body Hound appearing at this event

Featuring ex-members of both Rolo Tomassi and Antares, four piece Body Hound are Sheffield’s newest instrumental shredders. Although a relatively new venture – having formed in late 2013 – Body Hound have already turned a number of heads with their unique sound whilst sharing the stage alongside the likes of Deafheaven, Crash Of Rhinos, Enemies and Alright The Captain. Their music an intelligent series of demanding complexities and vigorous song structures; it’s clear why the northern quartet have been so well received within the alternative live scene.

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Pijn appearing at this event

An ambient / post metal band from Manchester.

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VLMV appearing at this event

Ambient-ish post-something duo from London. 'Building atmospheric and quietly epic soundscapes that creep up on you unannounced….like a beam of light through a dark, cold night.' Lauren Laverne BBC6 Music

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Natalie Evans

Natalie Evans appearing at this event

Natalie Evans is an acoustic/alternative musician from Kent, UK. Heavy support has come from BBC 6Music's Huw Stephens, Lauren Laverne, Guy Garvey and Radcliffe & Maconie, Radio X's John Kennedy, BBC London's Robert Elms and BBC Radio 3's Late Junction with Nick Luscombe.

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Tomorrow We Sail

Tomorrow We Sail is a group of seven musicians based in Leeds/Sheffield. Formed in 2009 they have spent time developing and morphing their sound into what is now a vast landscape of reverb-soaked guitars, orchestral strings, piano/accordion and multi-layered vocals. Their influences are as far-ranging as folk, slowcore, neoclassicism, minimalism, ambience, and post-rock. Their sound has, at times, been described as 'glacial', 'ethereal' and 'epic' drawing comparisons with bands such as Sigur Ros, The Low Anthem, Elbow and Gregor Samsa.

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The Dome

  • 2a Dartmouth Park Hill
  • Tufnell Park
  • London
  • NW5 1HL