Portals Festival 2023 Announces More Bands Including Sub Headliners Bossk, AK/DK, Hundred Year Old Man, Astrosaur, A Burial At Sea, and More


Eclectic and Heavy, Portals Festival has announced a slew of new bands, joining the already impressive bill. Bossk has been added as a sub-headliner, along with AK/DK (replacing Elephant Tree), Hundred-Year-Old Man, Astrosaur, A Burial At Sea, and many more. These band join Mono, And So I Watch You From Afar, Jambinai, Maybeshewill, Nordic Giants, Aa Williams, Bo Ningen, Ef, Svalbard, ’68, Pupil Slicer among others. Taking place at Earth, London on May 27th & 28th, 2023. Tickets and full fest details can be found below. 



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Festival organisers Sam and Asher – “We’re thrilled to reveal the almost complete lineup for Portals Festival 2023 at EartH Hackney. We’re especially delighted to welcome Bossk back to Portals Festival after their mind-blowing headline set at Portals Festival 2021, we’re expecting to be drenched in post-metal and we can’t wait.”


“Elephant Tree have had to cancel and we send our best wishes and a speedy recovery to Jack. In their place we welcome AK/DK back to the Portals stage; they first performed for us at an all-dayer at the Brixton Windmill in the early days of Portals. It’s been incredible to see them grow over the years and we’re looking forward to seeing what they can do on such an incredible stage at EartH. We’ve had shed loads of requests for this year’s day splits and day tickets, so it’s great to get them out. There are limited numbers so don’t wait around!”



The full list of bands being announced today are:

Bossk (sub-headline Saturday)  / AK/DK (replacing Elephant Tree who have pulled out due to injury) / Hundred Year Old Man / Astrosaur / A Burial at Sea / Dead Bird/ Ogives Big Band / Mount Forel / Qariaq


The full list of bands announced for Portals Festival 2023 are:

MONO / And So I Watch You From Afar/ Maybeshewill

Bossk / Jambinai / Nordic Giants / Bo Ningen

A.A. Williams / Svalbard / GGGOLDDD / Ef

AK/DK / ’68 / Pupil Slicer / Human Pyramids / Big Lad

The Guru Guru / Axes / VLMV / Bicurious / Hundred Year Old Man

Astrosaur / Paranoid Void / Shy, Low / Seims / Straight Girl

A Burial At Sea / Lakes / El Moono / Memory of Elephants / Dead Bird

A-Tota-So / Ogives Big Band / The Broken Islands

Mount Forel / Qariaq



WHERE – EartH in Hackney, London. 11-17 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BH

WHEN – Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2023 / TICKET LINK – HERE

HOW TO GET TO – 5 minute walk from Dalston Kingsland Overground Station and Dalston Junction Overground Station. The nearest London Underground Station is Highbury and Islington, and Liverpool Street Station is a short bus ride. 

Major bus routes: 149 (24h), 242 (24h), 67, 76, 488

PARKING – Although we do recommend public transport, there are some opportunities for parking in the area surrounding the venue. If you are driving up we recommend inputting our post code on Parkopedia to get the most accurate information pertaining to the date and time of your visit. 


Access to the festival will be via Stoke Newington Road, with a single box office and entrance, where you will pick up your wristband.  The merchandise for the Hall bands will be in that venue, the Theatre and Bar band merchandise will be in the Bar. Card payments only. There are bars inside all the venues which accept cash and card. There is a cloakroom, and two smoking areas. A one-way system will be in place around the building, to help everyone move quickly from room to room.




A little bit about PORTALS:

After running all-dayers for a few years, establishing PORTALS in the London DIY music scene at venues like the New Cross Inn, Windmill Brixton, Sebright Arms and The Old Blue Last, the organisers (Sam Festenstein and Asher Kenton) decided to expand to a full weekender. The pair got in contact with some more, larger venues, and when they met Iain Scott (the promoter at the time at the Dome & Boston Music Room), his enthusiasm for their idea sealed the deal.  


Having previously booked bands from all around the UK, the guys knew exactly who they wanted at their first festival. So in their first ever Portals Festival announcement, in 2018, they announced yndi halda, Totorro, Axes, Her Name is Calla & Alpha Male Tea Party. They sold over 100 tickets in the first week, and that was the starting point for building this event up to where it currently stands.


Since then, Portals Festival has seen the likes of Mclusky, Agent Fresco, Delta Sleep, Bossk, Three Trapped Tigers, I Like Trains, Gallops and so many more grace the stage. After selling out over multiple years, the pair felt that they had hit our ceiling at the Dome, Boston Music Room and Aces & Eights; so wanted to book bigger bands, expand, and bring even more exciting artists to London. The move in 2023 to EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney) sees the festival literally double our capacity. This brings a new tier of bands to the festival, including some of the teams all-time favourites. This has turned from what was once just some friends, playing in bands, sharing new music with one another, into an incredible festival community that feels like home.


From the organisers – “The main aim of Portals Festival is to bring people together, from all walks of life, to experience the music they love in a safe space and welcoming environment. You’ll meet new friends, find new bands, new music, thanks to this festival shared by like minded, open minded, music lovers. We want people to discover and fall in love with their next favourite band.”