The first additition to the Young Academic Ultimate Festival Guide to come from London for you this morning folks, in the shape of the hugely exciting Field Day Festival. New artists and exclusive performances have now been announced for the East London spectacular and a partnership with Australia’s Laneway Festival confirmed. With students from London undoubtedly having to trek around the country to get their festival fix, this event could be the answer.
Field Day Festival is to be held on Saturday 6th August 2011 at Victoria Park, London. Villagers, Benga and Youngman, Kieran Hebden, Erol Alkan, Carl Craig Presents 69 (exclusive) and more join Wild Beasts, The Horrors, Tortoise, John Cale, Jamie XX, James Blake, Electrelane and many other artists.
Field Day is ecstatic to reveal further names for what is shaping to be the most exhilarating music festival of the summer. After the sun drenched success of last year’s show, Field Day’s promoters vowed to up the musical ante yet again for this year’s event and the world’s most sonically adventurous artists have signed up to perform. Having already announced a plethora of artists including Wild Beasts, Tortoise, John Cale, Jamie XX, James Blake and Warpaint, the next wave are set to push musical limits to the boundaries
Villagers released one of the stand out albums of 2010 and they perform tracks from it at Field Day. Conor O’Brien’s enchanting melodies and darkly poetic lyrics are given greater intensity in the electric intimacy of his live performances and Villagers bring depth, sincerity and beauty in abundance to Victoria Park.
“Field Day is ecstatic to reveal further names for what is shaping to be the most exhilarating music festival of the summer.”
Field Day are thrilled to announce an exclusive performance from Detroit house music pioneer and dance music legend Carl Craig who as part of his 20 years of Planet E imprint will be performing a set of his 69 material live. This is a UK exclusive and the set is being performed in four cities worldwide this year. Expect sublime tracks like ‘Desire’, the frenetic ‘Jam The Box’ or the contents of 4 Jazz Funk Classics staged in front of a retina popping stage show.
One third of dub step super group, Magnetic Man, Benga is the toast of the genre is set to drop some shuddering, bass heavy gems on the east London massive alongside cohort Youngman. Field Day welcomes back Erol Alkan for a party set of energetic, trashy disco blended with electro beats, new romantic rhythms and the spirit of 70’s punk, 80’s rock and 90’s house.
Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet) and James Holden have decided to unleash some serious sonic wizardry on Field Day by playing an exclusive back to back set. Kieran’s glorious, abstract sets incorporate elements of hip hop, electronica, techno, jazz and folk whilst James Holden’s adventurous, progressive electronic sounds have marked him out as the leading British techno sorcerer and psychadelic shamen. Expect much musical merriment.
Ultra hip Brooklyn duo Creep are garnering much acclaim at the moment having just released a single featuring guest vocals from the xx’s Romy Madley-Croft whilst there is a rare chance to get up close and personal with Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio, who will be performing one of his infamous DJ sets.
Warp Record’s Canadian indie kids Born Ruffians bring much uplifting exuberance whilst hotly tipped Cloud Control are recent winners of the Australian Music Prize, the antipodean equivalent of the Mercury Music Prize. Swedish band Junip boast Jose Gonzales amongst their number and make a welcome return to the live music scene after a five year hiatus and female duo 2:54 showcase their melancholic, sepia tinged desert rock
Field Day are delighted to announce a partnership with Australia’s most credible music festival Laneway. Field Day promoted a stage at Laneway in January 2011 and was keen to reciprocate by inviting Laneway to do the same in August.
Danny Rogers, co-promoter of the Laneway Festival says: “Field Day London and the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival have much in common and pride themselves on being leaders in presenting the highest calibre acts to their respective markets, often before they’ve broken. We are proud that we are committed to the same goals, ethos and ideals as such an awesome festival like Field Day and are ecstatic to be a part of something that is doing truly great things”
Field Day promoter Tom Baker comments, “I am super excited about Field Day now, the line up is so, so good I can’t really believe it. I don’t know what I am going to do on the day, there are just too many good acts to see and some exclusives like the Kieran Hebden back to back set with James Holden and Carl Craig presents 69 just can’t be missed”.
With more artists to be announced as well as details of the Village Mentality area Field Day raises the bar once again in its quest to bring you the very best in sonic entertainment.
Current Artists Confirmed
2:54 / About Group / Actress / Anika / Anna Calvi / Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti / Benga & Youngman / Baio (Vampire Weekend) / Bloggers Delight DJ’s / Born Ruffians / Carl Craig presents 69 / Casper C / Chad Valley / Chimes / Clock Opera / Cloud Control / CocknBullKid / Connan Mockasin / Creep / Ducktails / Eat Your Own Ears DJ’s / Electrelane / Erol Alkan / Factory Floor / Farnborough Concert Band of the Royal British Legion / Faust / Givers / Glasser / Gruff Rhys / Huw Stephens / Hype Williams / James Blake / Jamie Woon / Jamie XX / John Cale / Junip / Kieran Hebden B2B James Holden / Konono No.1 / L-Vis 1990 / Mark Kozelek / Martin Creed / Matthew Dear / Michael Mayer / Mount Kimbie / Omar Souleyman / Oneohtrix Point Never / Pearson Sound / Prizes / Roska / SBTRKT / Spectrals / Sun Ra Arkestra / The Coral / The History of Apple Pie / The Horrors / Tribes / Trophy Wife / Twin Shadow / Villagers / Warpaint / Wild Beasts / Willy Mason / Zola Jesus