Name: Field Day
Where: Victoria Park, London
When: 11th & 12th June
Headliners: PJ Harvey, James Blake
Also Featuring: Beach House, Air, Sleaford Mods, Blossoms, Deerhunter, Fat White Family, The Thurston Moore Band and Skepta.
A Brief History: Launched in 2007 by Eat Your Own Ears’ founder Tom Baker and Marcus Weedon (the owner of the Griffin, where Baker held his first foray into festivals), Field Day has become one of London’s most unique festivals. And there are a fair few of them now. The festival prides itself on championing new and, arguably, unappreciated acts – a bunting-lined ‘Village Mentality’ area as its centre, all straw bales and team games – yet with huge cherries on the top of the line-up (last year saw Patti Smith headline, with legends Pixies playing two years ago). Now in its tenth year, Field Day has seen performances from almost unknowns Florence + The Machine, Foals and Laura Marling, and has seen its attendance rise from 10, 000 to 30, 000.
How To Get There: There are no car parks, but with no need to bring a tent or the kitchen sink that shouldn’t be a problem. Otherwise take your pick from the Underground (nearest Tube stations to are Mile End, Bow Road, Stratford, Bow Church and Bethnal Green), Overground (Hackney Wick, Cambridge Heath and Bethnal Green) or bus (8, 277, 309, 339, 388, D3, D6, S2 all pass close to the park).
Gigslutz Top Tip: As well as being sure not to miss the incredible head line set from the legendary PJ Harvey, I suggest investigating some of the smaller, lesser known bands; providing a platform for these new and upcoming acts is what Field Day prides itself on, so take advantage of the opportunity to discover something new and exciting! This year, I’d strongly recommend checking out the fuzzy rock of Canadian band Dilly Dally, the catchy indie-pop of rising star Declan McKenna and the chilled out vibes of Empress Of – to name a few!
Memorable Moments: Two years ago, Pixies delivered an unforgettable set that exceeded all expectations, along with an immense performance from (then) newcomers Drenge. In 2013, the likes of Savages and Kurt Vile put on career-defining shows that no doubt propelled them into the spotlight. Each year at Field Day, whether discovering your new favourite band or enjoying an old favourite, you’re sure to have your mind blown.
What We Said Last Year: Our Mel particularly enjoyed fantastic sets from Mac De Marco and Ride (read her thoughts here).
Did You Know? Field Day originally ran alongside Teenfest, another Eat Your Own Ears event aimed at 13-17 year olds, and set up by Sam Kilcoyne, born from the frustration of being turned away from a Buzzcocks gig when he was 14.
How To Get Tickets: Online tickets can be bought from the site, or physical tickets from a long list of pubs, all of which can be found here.
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