After seven memorable years, East London’s ever incandescent Victoria Park is only a matter of weeks away from hosting what looks to be Field Day festivals most complete line up yet. For the first time in it’s history the action will span over two days which, as you can imagine, has prompted a solid line up expansion which caters for a typically unique roster of variation balanced with enough indie & electronic talent to keep all clique’s of Hipster happy!
Field Day has always been a unique event, as mentioned in our review of last year’s occasion (see here) it’s a festival that stretches far beyond its musical bookings. On the village green you can find an emphasis on team sports that will take you back to your school days whilst copious portions of food & drinks are made available by the local Venn Street Market. In summary it’s an event that has stayed true to it’s origins & credit must go to curates Eat Your Own Ears for that. Importantly the festivities are only weeks away so in anticipation here’s a stage by stage breakdown of that act’s we feel warrant your attention for what in our view is one of the capital’s leading festival’s of choice.
As should always be the case, Saturday is the dominant day & will play host to the biggest names with Metronomy, SBTRKT, Blood Orange, Danny Brown & Dusky scheduled to cater for the cumulative span of audience all looking for artists to satisfy their taste’s.
Having a fruitful relationship with Red Bull Music Academy is also no bad thing, as long-standing partners of Field Day they’ve managed to stage a line up possessing many of our favourite act’s in the game. LuckyMe livewire & 2010 Academy alumnus Lunice tops the bill, bringing his signature dynamism & fancy footwork to the stage. Fellow Canadian Ryan Hemsworth joins the bill, offering up some sonic sunshine with his emotive blend of R&B, trap and pop, alongside G.O.O.D. beatsmith/Kanye collaborator Evian Christ, and Dutch deep-house heroine SOPHIE. Rinse/NTS regular Slackk goes b2b with Pelican Fly’s Samename for some body-twitching raw grime/UKF, while elsewhere bass turbo DJ Barely Legal, Tri Angle affiliate Vessel, BBC Radio 1 ‘In New DJs We Trust’ cohort Moxie and Jamie Isaac, south-London’s nocturnal, electronic balladeer, weigh in.
Sunday sees master of melodic, glitchy electronics and WhoMadeWho former glory Tomas Barfod headline, while voodoo bass outfit Nguzunguzu & genre-bending future-rap artiste Mickey Lightfoot step in. Panes, the band that sees singer Tyson McVey turn up the heat with Flesh & Bone’s Shaun Savage, join the roster alongside mysterious London-based producer and warp artist Patten, who’s kept his identity masked in the shadows as his music seeks out the light, leaving soulful singer-songwriter and RBMA alumnus Louis Baker completing the RBMA the roll-call.
With the slightly more guitar-centric focus on Sunday’s line up it’s still a line up that demands attention. Legendary alternative rock group the Pixies will taking top-billing while band of the moment Temples, the irrepressible Horrors and Australian psych-rockers POND rounding off a day of new rock-n-roll mixed in with timeless classics.
Tickets can also be purchased in person from:
The Abbey Tavern – 124 Kentish Town Road, London, NW1 9QB
The Chequers – 145 High Street, London, E17 7BX
Defectors Weld – 170 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 8AA
John Salt – 131 Upper Street, London, NW1 1QP
The Lock Tavern – 35 Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AJ
The Owl and Pussycat – 34 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DP
The Pavilion Café – Victoria Park, Crown Gate West, London, E9 7DE
Phonica – 51 Poland Street, London, W1F 7LZ
Pub on the Park – 19 Martello Street, London, E8 3PE
Rough Trade East – Dray Walk, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Shacklewell Arms – 71 Shacklewell Lane, London, E8 2EB
The Three Crowns – 175 Stoke Newington High Street, London, N16 0LH
Tina We Salute You, 47 King Henry Walk, London, N1 4NH