Festival preview: Field Day – London

Posted on 25 June 2010
By Dom Martin
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The British summer seems to finally have arisen from a prolonged slumber. Beautiful people are everywhere, cider and ice is back and herds of punters are festival bound.

London’s Field Day stands out from the crowded festival scene. This is no 4 day war of attrition, but a day of leftfield bands and DJ’s, all in the resplendent settings of Victoria Park, on July 31st. And you can even go home and spruce up before partying hard into the night.

Mark E.Smith and his infamous post-punk rabble rousers The Fall are set to light the touchpaper at Field Day. Having had more line-up changes than the England football team, with Smith the only constant member, his razor-sharp stage presence underpinned by a lo-fi clatter is one not to be missed.

Caribou is appearing alongside The Fall on the Eat Your Own Ears Stage. The recent LP Swim sees a firm stride in the direction of the dancefloor from Dan Snaith, producer extraordinaire behind Caribou. With an electronically driven, pulsating set beefed up with a live band, Caribou are sure to get the crowd revved up at Field Day.

Toro y Moi has recently been confirmed for this year’s festival. With his debut album ‘Causers of This’ attracting glowing reviews across the board, this is one act you can’t afford to miss this year. Part of the chillwave set, Toro is likely to pull in the capital’s bloggerati. This guy’s so fresh, even Kanye’s given him his seal of approval.

Mount Kimbie will be playing the Blogger’s Delight Stage. His glacial, minimalist electronica, and Foals/The XX remixes have placed him on the map; with his imminent debut LP release this guy’s surely destined for bigger, brighter things.

Field Day also plays host to a smattering of high-end DJ’s. This year’s highlights include electro heroes Simian Mobile Disco, East London tastemakers Eat Your Own Ears DJ’s, hipster record label No Pain In Pop DJ’S, and Andrew Weatherall, one of house music’s founding fathers.

There will also be a village fete in the Village Green area, to catch your breath over a slice of cake and a pot of tea. Hell, there might even be a coconut shy!

Tickets are priced at £33.33 (plus booking fee) and can be bought at ticketweb.co.uk, www.seetickets.com, www.wegottickets.com and www.bleep.com. They can also be bought in person at Rough Trade East, Pure Groove, Lock Tavern and Phonica Records.