Field Day

If you like your music on the right side of indie, you’ll be like a fat kid in the new M&M World at this festival.

Now in its fifth year, Field Day, based in trendier-than-thou Hackney, has established a formidable reputation for bringing together some of the world’s most innovative artists of the minute. This year’s line-up certainly doesn’t let the side down.

Los Angeles all-girl art-rock outfit Warpaint – dubbed “the rock revelation of the year” when they made their presence felt for the first time in 2010 – are on the bill alongside electronic game-changers Wild Beasts, still licking their wounds after their scandalous omission from the Mercury Prize shortlist.

New York folk troubadour Willy Mason, currently working on his first album since 2007’s If The Ocean Gets Rough, returns to these shores for the first time in years, while English singer-songwriter Anna Calvi can be expected to entrance all with her sultry voice and dark moodscapes.

There’s also The Horrors, Jamie Woon, Cloud Control, Electrelane, Zola Jesus, SBTRKT: the list of bleeding-edge acts just goes on and on.

Those who don’t want the party to end have two choices. Head to the Field Day After Party (‘til 3am) at nearby XOYO with Benga, Youngman, Roska, L-Vis 1990, Benedict Bull, Dollop DJs, or there’s the Field Day After Party With Four Tet DJ Set (‘til 5.30am), with James Holden, Pearson Sound and Casper C at a secret Shoreditch location to be revealed – for both events.

Victoria Park, Hackney, E3
Saturday Aug. 6
Doors 11.30am
Tube: Bethnal Green