Mention Field Day to any self-respecting London muso and prepare yourself for the gushing that will ensue. With a cracking line-up of artists, DJs and the occasional wildcard, the one-day event in leafy Victoria Park is a definite highlight in the urban festival calendar. Five years after its debut in East London, Field Day has grown from strength-to-strength. Its popularity has allowed it to become more experimental. Alongside names such as London electro-popper CocknBullKid and the much-hyped Zola Jesus and Warpaint, Syrian music legend Omar Souleyman and jazz maestros Sun Ra Arkestra will perform.
Our own local lad Conor O’Brien will be appearing with his band Villagers, on a bill that includes the now-redeemed Horrors, Oneohtrix Point Never and the dubstep-influenced soul sounds of Jamie Woon.
Across a number of stages curated by various London-based promoters such as Eat Your Own Ears, Adventures in the Beetroot Field and Bloggers Delight, the festival encompasses wistful folk, chilled out sonic landscaping and full-on electronic beats. In the midst of the madness, the Village Mentality area evokes a bit of the East End community spirit with traditional and not so traditional games. From the Sack Race to Vegetable Roulette and Splat the Rat, the modern, old-time fayre will have many punters bemused, confused but highly competitive.
Other artists playing at the event include Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Gruff Rhys, Jamie XX, Erol Alkan and Electrelane. See www.fielddayfestivals.com for a more comprehensive line up.
Field Day will be held Saturday 6th August in Victoria Park London from 11am-11pm. Tickets cost £39.50 from www.fielddayfestivals.com/tickets
Read our review of last year’s event here.