Field Day (festival)
|Location(s)||Victoria Park, London Borough of Tower Hamlets|
|Founded by||Tom Baker (Eat Your Own Ears) and Marcus Weedon|
|Genre||Various, primarily alternative rock|
Field Day is an outdoor music festival which takes place in Victoria Park in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, with its unique formula of pioneering line up coupled with village fete mentality. The single day event takes place in the summer of each year. Hosted by Eat Your Own Ears, Bugged Out!, Bleed and Lanzarote, Field Day is a festival that has become synonymous with imaginative and progressive bills.
The first festival took place on 11 August 2007. It has continuously expanded and improved every year since, with a seventh event scheduled for 25 May 2013. Since its inception, ticket allocation for the festival has sold out every year the festival has taken place.
The festival hosts an annual village fete, titled Village Mentality. Beginning in 2008, the area includes a sack race, tug of war and egg and spoon race. In 2008, the events took place until 5pm, finishing earlier than the rest of the festival. In 2009, the area was extended to include its own musical line-up, playing on the Village Mentality Stage. Acts included Mumford & Sons, Toumani Diabaté and Malcolm Middleton. The area is handled by organiser Tom Baker's girlfriend Natalie. Village Mentality was formerly known as Homefires, who hosted their own London festival until 2007.
- 'Field Day: Hackney's annual hive of hipsters and, priding itself on the most cutting-edge lineup of the festival calendar, a change to gauge the health of the alternative nation' 4/5 The Guardian
-Taking place in east London's Victoria Park, yesterday's (2 June) Field Day festival mixed indie, dance and DJ's from the 'cooler' end of the musical spectrum' Q Magazine
- 'Now in its sixth year, east London's Field Day festival has built its reputation on being one of the best places to encounter brand new talent before it hits the mainstream.' 4/5 The Independent
- 'Field Day has finally found its niche of choosing the right bands at the right place to maximum effect. Bring on next year; though probably pack a jacket next time, preferably vintage.' Planet Notion
Field Day Radio
Field Day and Eat Your Own Ears founder Tom Baker, together with forward-thinking radio production company Folded Wing recorded a series of exclusive radio shows in the run up to Field Day festival in 2012.
Featuring an array of Field Day specific guests and music, the show reflects the festival’s diverse and pioneering line-up and showcases the best new music and exclusive interviews, mixes and live recordings. Field Day Radio streams through the Field Day & Eat Your Own Ears online channels, and archived on Mixcloud and SoundCloud.
Guest artists featured on the radio shows include: Franz Ferdinand, Grimes, Chilly Gonzales, Four Tet, Martin Creed, Liars, Zulu Winter, Metronomy, Django Django and Tim Burgess. To listen visit the Field Day Radio website.
The inaugural Field Day festival took place on 11 August 2007, with the first Underage Festival taking place the same weekend. Over fifty artists featured across four stages, as well as a musical bandstand. Artists included the 1990s, Absentee, Adem, Alberta Cross, Andrew Weatherall, Archie Bronson Outfit, Bat for Lashes, Battles, Caribou, Casper C, The Cock N Bull Kid, Crispin Dior, El Plate, Electrelane, Erol Alkan, Euros Childs, Fanfarlo, Filthy Dukes, Florence and the Machine, Foals, Four Tet, Fridge, GoodBooks, Gruff Rhys, Hannah Holland, James Yorkston, Jo Jo de Freq, Justice, Kid Harpoon, Late of the Pier, Laura Marling, Liars, Matt Walsh, Matthew Dear, Miss Odd Kidd, Mystery Jets, Nadia Ksaiba, Patchwork Pirates, The Pictish Trail, Pull Tiger Tail, Skull Juice, The Aliens, The Concretes, The Earlies, The Lovely Jonjo, Vetiver, Warboy, White Rabbits, Young Turks and Zombie Disco Squad. Originally being billed as a capacity of 6,000, the amount was increased to 10,000 shortly before the festival.
The 2008 event took place on 9 August 2008, with the Underage Festival taking place the previous day. The entire site was redesigned by Vanguardia Consulting, who provide specialist advice on sound control. Capacity was increased to 20,000, and bars and toilets across the site were doubled. More than fifty artists were again billed for the festival, including Simian Mobile Disco, Les Savy Fav, Mystery Jets and Laura Marling. The event was headlined by Foals, in what was their first UK headline festival performance. A 25-member brass band was also added as a final addition to the line-up. The event now featured five stages, an increase from the previous year. The main stage was retitled the "Converse Century Stage", to reflect the company's 100-year anniversary in 2008. A similar stage was used at Underage Festival the previous day.
|Converse Century Stage||NME Stage||Homefires Stage||Bugged Out! Stage||Bloggers Delight Stage|
- Dan Deacon had been due to play on the NME stage, but was later forced to pull out due to passport issues. Mystery Jets also pulled out due to illness. They were later replaced by Lightspeed Champion.
The 2009 festival took place on 1 August 2009, one day prior to Underage. The first line-up announcements were made on 28 January 2009, when NME announced that Mogwai would headline the event. Four Tet, James Yorkston, Apes and Androids, Malcolm Middleton, Fennesz, Errors and Skream were also announced. Further line-up additions were announced on 7 April 2009, including The Horrors, Little Boots, Santigold and Mystery Jets. Other line-up announcements have been sporadically announced through the festival's Twitter account.
|Eat Your Own Ears Main Stage||Adventures in the Beetroot Field Stage||Village Mentality Stage||Bugged Out! Stage||Bloggers Delight Stage|
The 2010 event was confirmed to take place on 31 July 2010, in their fourth annual outing in Victoria Park. On 9 February 2010, it was announced that Phoenix would headline the event, with Amiina, Beth Jeans Houghton, Caribou, Esben and the Witch, Chilly Gonzalez, Corsano and Flowers, Gold Panda, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, James Holden, Joker & MC Nomad, Max Tundra, Memory Tapes, Mouse on Mars, Pantha Du Prince and Silver Apples also announced to perform. Further acts were announced on 12 March 2010, when Babeshadow, Carte Blanche (DJ Mehdi & Riton), Chapel Club, Hudson Mohawke, Lightspeed Champion, No Age, Simian Mobile Disco, Tamikrest, The Fall, These New Puritans and YucK were added. The festival is set to expand further to six stages, including the Outdoor live stage, Adventures in the Beetroot Field arena, Homefires stage, Bugged Out! arena, Bloggers Delight stage, and the musical bandstand.
For the first time in 2010, Field Day is to take part in a festival 'twinning' scheme, organised by the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF). The initiative encourages twinned festivals to swap artists and cross promote each other's events. Field Day was 'twinned' with the Øya Festival in Oslo, Norway.
|Eat Your Own Ears Stage||Adverntures in the Beetroot Field Stage||Bugged Out! Stage in association with Full Circle and Dummy||XOYO / Lock Tavern Stage||Bloggers Delight Stage||Village Mentality Stage in association with The Quietus|
The 2011 event took place on 6 August 2011.
|Eat Your Own Ears Stage||Bugged Out! Stage in association with Resident Advisor||Village Mentality Stage in association with The Quietus||Bloggers Delight / Lanzarote Stage||Laneway Festival Stage in association with Last.FM||Shacklewell Arms / Lock Tavern Stage||Do You Come Here Often? Stage|
The 2012 festival date moved from the traditional August month to Saturday 2 June 2012 (bank holiday weekend). This was due to Victoria Park being used for events to celebrate the London Olympics.
|Eat Your Own Ears Stage||Bugged Out! Stage||Laneway Festival Stage in association with Last.FM||Village Mentality Stage in association with The Quietus||Bleed / Lanzarote Stage||Shacklewell Arms||Red Bull Music Academy Stage|
Following on from 2012's change in date, Field Day 2013 will take place on Saturday 25 May (bank holiday weekend).
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- Field Day on Twitter
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