Field Day (festival)

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Not to be confused with the Australian Field Day Festival.
Field Day
Genre Various, primarily alternative rock
Dates Summer
Location(s) Victoria Park, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Years active 7
Founded by Tom Baker (Eat Your Own Ears) and Marcus Weedon

Field Day is an outdoor music festival which takes place in Victoria Park in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The first festival took place on 11 August 2007. It has continuously expanded in every year since, with an eighth event scheduled for 7/8 June 2014. Since its inception, ticket allocation for the festival has sold out every year the festival has taken place.[1]

Village Mentality[edit]

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.[2] In 2008, the events took place until 5pm, finishing earlier than the rest of the festival.[3] 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,[4] who hosted their own London festival until 2007.[5]

Press Quotes[edit]

- '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

- The Line of Best Fit - photo gallery

Field Day Radio[edit]

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.

2007 festival[edit]

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.[6] 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.[6][7] Originally being billed as a capacity of 6,000, the amount was increased to 10,000 shortly before the festival.[8]

2008 festival[edit]

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.[9] 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.[10][11] A 25-member brass band was also added as a final addition to the line-up.[12] 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.[13] A similar stage was used at Underage Festival the previous day.[14]

Converse Century Stage NME Stage Homefires Stage Bugged Out! Stage Bloggers Delight Stage
  • Casper C
  • Corman
  • Heartbreak
  • Ian Robinson
  • Jacob Husley
  • Matt and Olly
  • Mikki Most
  • Peter Pixzel
  • Primary 1
  • Rory Phillips
  • Skull Juice
  • The Lovely Jonjo


  • Dan Deacon had been due to play on the NME stage, but was later forced to pull out due to passport issues.[11] Mystery Jets also pulled out due to illness.[15] They were later replaced by Lightspeed Champion.

2009 festival[edit]

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.[16] Further line-up additions were announced on 7 April 2009, including The Horrors, Little Boots, Santigold and Mystery Jets.[17] Other line-up announcements have been sporadically announced through the festival's Twitter account.[18]

Eat Your Own Ears Main Stage Adventures in the Beetroot Field Stage Village Mentality Stage Bugged Out! Stage Bloggers Delight Stage
  • Casper C
  • Dave I.D.
  • Drums of Death
  • Greco-Roman Soundsystem
  • No Pain in Pop DJs
  • Rusko (DJ set)
  • Skull Juice
  • The xx
  • Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
  • Work It


2010 Festival[edit]

The 2010 event was confirmed to take place on 31 July 2010,[20] in their fourth annual outing in Victoria Park.[21] 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.[22] 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.[23][24] 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.[25]

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.[26] Field Day was 'twinned' with the Øya Festival in Oslo, Norway.[27]

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
  • Andrew Weatherall DJ
  • Anna Calvi
  • Bethan Elfyn * The Vinyl Vendettas
  • Caribou
  • Erland and the Carnival
  • Gilles Peterson
  • Holly Miranda
  • Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
  • Lightspeed Champion
  • Phoenix
  • Ramadanman
  • Steve Mason
  • The Fall
  • The Invisible DJ
  • Atlas Sound
  • Cate Le Bon
  • Chapel Club
  • Egyptian Hip Hop
  • Is Tropical
  • Last.FM DJ
  • No Age
  • Now Wave DJ
  • Our Girls DJ
  • The Kissaway Trail
  • These New Puritans
  • Carte Blanche (DJ Mehdi & Riton)
  • Chilly Gonzales
  • Fake Blood
  • James Holden
  • Joker & MC Nomad
  • Memory Tapes
  • Moderat
  • Rory Phillips
  • Simian Mobile Disco DJ
  • Tensnake
  • The Golden Filter
  • Babeshadow
  • Club.The.Mammoth DJ
  • Dam Mantle
  • Don't Die Wondering DJ
  • Factory Floor
  • Hounds of Hate
  • Leather Boy DJ
  • MIM (Black Cab Sessions
  • No Pain in Pop DJ
  • Prizes
  • Sexbeat DJ
  • Sunday Girl
  • Toro Y Moi
  • Von Haze
  • Walls
  • Yuck
  • Bloggers Delight (Casper C, NikNikNik, Skull Juice)
  • Dam Funk & Master Blazter
  • Deadly Rhythm DJ
  • Feeding Time DJ
  • Gold Panda Live
  • Hudson Mohawke Live
  • Mount Kimbie Live
  • Night Slugs (L-Vis 1990 & Bok Bok)
  • Off Modern DJ
  • Pantha Du Prince Live
  • Amiina
  • Archie Bronson Outfit
  • Beth Jeans Houghton
  • Double Denim DJ
  • Esben and the Witch
  • Flower Corsano Duo
  • Gruff Rhys vs Tony Da Gatorra
  • Max Tundra
  • Mouse on Mars
  • Runners
  • Shula Wigwam DJ
  • Silver Apples
  • Thisaintnodisco


2011 Festival[edit]

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
  • Baio (Vampire Weekend) DJ
  • Chimes
  • Electrelane
  • Huw Stephens DJ
  • Jen Long DJ
  • John Cale
  • Junip
  • Justin Speak DJ
  • Sun Ra Arkestra
  • The Coral
  • Villagers
  • Warpaint
  • Wild Beasts
  • Willy Mason
  • Benga & Youngman
  • Carl Craig presents 69
  • Erol Alkan
  • James Blake DJ
  • Kieran Hebden B2B James Holden
  • L-VIS 1990
  • Matt Walsh DJ
  • Michael Mayer
  • Pearson Sound
  • Roska
  • About Group
  • Anna Calvi
  • Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
  • Factory Floor
  • Faust
  • Gruff Rhys
  • Jon Hillcock DJ
  • Konono No.1
  • Mark Kozelek
  • Omar Souleyman
  • The Sea and Cake
  • Toy
  • Actress
  • Anika
  • Bleed DJ
  • Capser C DJ
  • Darkstar
  • Ducktails
  • Hype Williams
  • Jamie XX
  • Lanzarote DJ
  • Nik Nik Nik DJ
  • Oneotrix Point Never
  • Skull Juice DJ
  • Zola Jesus
  • 2:54
  • Baio (Vampire Weekend) DJ
  • Connan Mockasin
  • James Blake Live
  • Jamie Woon
  • Jon Hopkins DJ
  • Laneway Festival DJ
  • Matthew Dear Live
  • Mount Kimbie
  • The History of Apple Pie
  • The Horrors
  • Twin Shadow
  • Beach Creep DJ
  • Born Ruffians
  • Chad Valley
  • Clock Opera
  • CocknBullkid
  • Creep
  • Dollop Dj's
  • Factory Floor
  • Feeding Time DJ
  • Givers
  • Glasser
  • God Don't Like It DJ
  • Leather Boy DJ
  • Martin Creed
  • No Pain in Pop DJ
  • S.C.U.M.
  • Sexbeat DJ
  • Spector
  • Tribes
  • Trophy Wife
  • Alitrec
  • Boom Boom Cabaret
  • Club.The.Mammoth vs Grimes DJ
  • Dance Party 4000
  • Echo Lane
  • Greenwich Tea Party
  • Jig T DJ
  • John McIvor
  • Kicker Conspiracy DJ
  • No Bones DJ
  • Spectrals
  • Star Slinger DJ
  • Still Corners
  • The Bookhouse Boys
  • Veronica Falls
  • Visions of Trees


2012 Festival[edit]

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
  • Andrew Bird
  • Beirut
  • Eat Your Own Ears DJ
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Huw Stephens DJ
  • Justin Spear DJ
  • Last Dinosaurs
  • Liars
  • Metronomy
  • Pond
  • Savages
  • Blawan DJ
  • Daniel Avery DJ
  • Eats Everything DJ
  • Hudson Mohawke Live
  • Julio Bashmore DJ
  • Koreless Live
  • Maya Jane Coles DJ
  • Modeselektor
  • Rustie Live
  • The Internet Live
  • Blood Orange
  • Deco Child DJ
  • Dum Dum Girls DJ
  • Errors
  • Here We Go Magic
  • Kindness
  • Sega Bodega DJ
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Spector
  • Summer Camp
  • The Vaccines
  • Two Jackals
  • Afrocubism
  • Django Django
  • Gold Panda
  • Grimes
  • Mazzy Star
  • Papa M
  • R. Stevie Moore
  • Revere
  • Rocketnumbernine
  • Tim Burgess
  • Tortoise
  • Blackest Ever Black DJ
  • Casper C DJ
  • Com Truise
  • Fennesz
  • Julia Hotler
  • Kassem Mosse
  • Laurel Halo
  • Paddy O'Neill DJ
  • Peaking Lights
  • The Haxan Cloak DJ
  • Zomby DJ
  • Amateur Best DJ
  • Austra
  • Baxter Dury
  • Beach Creep
  • Bobby Tank DJ
  • Citizens!
  • Crocodiles
  • Double Denim DJ
  • Friends
  • Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard
  • Jen Long DJ
  • Jig T DJ
  • Lanzarote DJ
  • Novella DJ
  • Outfit
  • Sexbeat
  • The Men
  • Theme Park
  • To Kill A King
  • Toy
  • When Saints Go Machine
  • Zulu Winter
  • Blanck Mazz
  • Chairlift
  • Debruit
  • Jessie Ware
  • Kidkanevil
  • Sunless '97
  • UMA


2013 Festival[edit]

Following on from 2012's change in date, Field Day 2013 took place on Saturday 25 May (bank holiday weekend).

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 Back Stage Area
  • Animal Collective
  • Bat For Lashes
  • Four Tet
  • Eyoe
  • Everything Everything
  • Gabriel Bruce
  • Jon Hillock
  • MT Warning
  • Solange
  • Stealing Sheep
  • Thomas Mapfumo
  • Disclosure
  • Jacques Greene
  • Ben Pearce
  • Ben UFO
  • Daniel Avery
  • Daphni
  • Julio Bashmore
  • Pangaea
  • Pearson Sound
  • Seth Troxler
  • Charlie Boyer + The Voy..
  • Chvrches
  • Dark Bells
  • Daughter
  • Django Django
  • Kurt Vile
  • Mount Kimbie
  • Palma Violets
  • Savages
  • Do Make Say Think
  • East India Youth
  • Ginger Baker Jazz Confu..
  • James Yorkston
  • King Krule
  • Mulatu Astatke
  • Stubborn Heart
  • Tim Burgess
  • Bleep DJs
  • Charanjit Singh
  • How To Dress Well
  • Lee Gamble
  • Volte Face
  • Karenn
  • Shed
  • Objekt
  • Connan Moackasin
  • Dark Dark Dark
  • Feathers
  • Francois and The Atlas ..
  • Fucked Up
  • Guards
  • Jen Long
  • John Cooper Clarke
  • Metz
  • Splashh
  • Toy
  • Virals
  • Vondelpark
  • Wild Nothing
  • Amateur Best
  • Bobby Tank DJ
  • Duologue
  • Egyptian Hip Hop
  • Happa
  • J. Marinetti
  • Jagwar Ma
  • Koreless
  • Kwes
  • Rainy Milo
  • Rudi Zygadlo
  • Throwing Snow


2014 Festival[edit]

Field Day 2014 took place on 7/8 June 2014, headlined by Pixies.


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