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Mono and AA Williams Amongst New Acts Confirmed for Portals Festival

Japanese band Mono are amongst the new acts confirmed for London’s Portals Festival. Check out who else has been confirmed here.




Taking place at EartH in Hackney, Portals Festival has announced a host of further bands for its huge 2023 event, including main stage headliner, instrumental legends MONO from Japan. Also announced today include recently reformed Leicester rock band Maybeshewill, singer songwriter AA Williams, Japanese noise rock band Bo Ningen and Atlanta Georgia 2 piece ’68.

Festival organisers Sam and Asher give us some insight into their 2023 headliners and what they mean to them and the event:

“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. 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 pair continue, “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.”

The full list of bands announced today are:

MONO (headliners)
AA Williams
Bo Ningen
Pupil Slicer
Paranoid Void
Straight Girl
El Moono
The Broken Islands

Portals Festival takes place at EartH in Hackey on May 27th and 28th and you can get tickets from here.

Artwork for Portals Festival 2023

Artwork for Portals Festival 2023

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.