If you like your music on the right side of indie you’ll make like a kid in the new M&M’s shop at Field Day this weekend. Now in its fifth year the one-day festival 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 (pictured), 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’s 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.
And those who don’t want their (Field) day to end there are two choice after-parties including the Field Day After Party With Benga, Youngman, Roska, L-Vis 1990, Benedict Bull, Dollop DJ’s at nearby XOYO (10pm-3am) and the Field Day After Party With Four Tet DJ Set, James Holden, Pearson Sound, Casper C. at a secret Shoreditch location (11pm-5.30am) to be revealed (visit seetickets.com for both events.)
VICTORIA PARK, E3, HACKNEY
sat, August 6 | Doors at 11.30 am | £39.50.
fielddayfestivals.com Bethnal Green