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This annual event in north London welcomes New York art-punks Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Brooklyn indie rock legends Grizzly Bear as exclusive London headliners and respective curators for this bank holiday weekend of rock ‘n’ roll.

Karen O, Nick Zinner and Brian Chase hit back this year with their third album, Mosquito, their first in four years since It’s Blitz!

Where their last offering saw them add in a synth element to Zinner’s trademark guitars, Mosquito takes a more mature approach that combines the YYY journey so far into one fab fantastic record of ready-made hits.

Among their cherry-picked line-up are The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Atlanta rockers Black Lips, Anita, Stockholm’s The Field, Dirty Beaches, King Khan And The Shrines and Mick Harvey. Grizzly Bear, whose Shields long-player was one of the top reviewed albums of last year and saw them play a sold-out show at Brixton Academy, keep the Big Apple contingent going the following night.

As well as headlining and dipping into last year’s critically acclaimed album to close out the weekend, they will bring along with them the likes of indie darlings The Walkmen, New Jersey’s Real Estate, Beach Boys collaborator Van Dyke Parks, post-rockers Tortoise, Sweden’s shoe-gaze soundscapists I Break Horses, and California’s Cass McCombs. 

The breadth of bands, artists and sounds on the bill is what makes this one of the musical highlights of the year. It’s tops for checking out new acts, making some discoveries and, of course, lapping up New York’s headline stars.  

Sat, May 4 & Sun, May 5  
Doors at 12pm |  £59  
Station | Alexandra Palace 

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs curated music festival I'll Be Your Mirror: Alexandra Palace, London - May 4 - 5
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