Field Day (festival)

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Field Day
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Field Day 2017
GenreVarious, primarily alternative rock
DatesFriday 7 - Saturday 8 June 2019
Location(s)Victoria Park, London Borough of Tower Hamlets (2007-2017)
Brockwell Park (2018)
Meridian Water (2019)
Years active2007 - present
Founded byTom Baker (Eat Your Own Ears) and Marcus Weedon

Field Day is a yearly outdoor music festival in London. It was first held in Victoria Park in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on 11 August 2007 and returned there each year until 2017. The 2018 festival moved to Brockwell Park, and in 2019 it was held at Meridian Water in Enfield, with a capacity of 25,000.[1]

It has continuously expanded, and since its inception, has sold out yearly.[2]

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.[3] In 2008, the events took place until 5pm, finishing earlier than the rest of the festival.[4] 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 partner Natalie Silk. Village Mentality was formerly known as Homefires,[5] who hosted their own London festival until 2007.[6]

Field Day radio[edit]

Field Day and Eat Your Own Ears founder Tom Baker, together with radio production company Folded Wing, recorded a series of radio shows in the run up to Field Day festival in 2012. It features sessions and interviews with the performing artists and has been a regular feature of the festival since. Episodes include exclusives interviews and mixes from the likes of Pixies, Grimes, Solange, Mulatu Astatke, Panda Bear, Caribou, Omar Souleyman, Metronomy, John Cooper Clarke, Four Tet, Kurt Vile and many more.


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.[7] 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.[7][8] Originally being billed as a capacity of 6,000, the amount was increased to 10,000 shortly before the festival.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11][12] A 25-member brass band was also added as a final addition to the line-up.[13] 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.[14] A similar stage was used at Underage Festival the previous day.[15]

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.[12] Mystery Jets also pulled out due to illness.[17] 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.[18] Further line-up additions were announced on 7 April 2009, including The Horrors, Little Boots, Santigold and Mystery Jets.[19] 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
  • 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,[21] in their fourth annual outing in Victoria Park.[22] 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.[23] 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.[24][25] 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.[26]

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.[27] Field Day was 'twinned' with the Øya Festival in Oslo, Norway.[28]

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
  • 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


2011 Festival[edit]

The 2011 event took place on 6 August 2011. The next day, a companion festival took place, with the same organisers and similar stages at the location, under the name The Apple Cart festival.

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


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. The Apple Cart festival took place again on the next-day Sunday.

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


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]

In 2014, Field Day expanded to a two-day event. It took place on the weekend of 7–8 June 2014, headlined by Pixies and Metronomy.

Appearing were:

RA Stage Eat Your Own Ears Bugged Out Crack Magazine Shacklewell Arms Red Bull Music Academy Red Stripe Bandstand


James Holden (live)

Omar Souleyman

Oneohtrix Point Never

George FitzGerald

Todd Terje (live)

Erol Alkan

Daniel Avery

Tom Baker

Arthur Beatrice

Phil Taggart

Sky Ferreira

Seun Kuti & Fela's Egypt 80

Huw Stephens

Blood Orange


Marc Riley

Jon Hopkins



Eclair Fifi

Gerd Janson


Jackmaster & Oneman

Jamie XX




Crack Magazine DJs

Lo Fang

Thurston Moore

Marika Hackman

Simian Mobile Disco


Last fm DJs


Neneh Cherry

Tim Burgess

Jagwar Ma


Danny Brown

Shacklewell Arms DJs


Becoming Real

Charlotte OC

Only Real

Jaakko Eino Kalevi

Transgressive Soundsystem

All We Are


Dry the River

John Wizards

Woman's Hour

Jen Long

Courtney Barnett


Mystery Jets

East India Youth

Fat White Family


DJ Barely Legal

Slackk b2b Samename



Jamie Isaac

Evian Christ

Jessy Lanza

Ryan Hemsworth


Charli Avery

Morgan Hammer

Lemmy Ashton

Justin Robertson

Jonjo Jury

Transgressive Soundsystem

2015 Festival[edit]

The 2015 festival took place on the weekend of 6–7 June 2015, and was headlined by Caribou, Ride and Patti Smith.

2016 Festival[edit]

2016 was the 10th anniversary edition of Field Day. It took place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12 June 2016. The line up was:

Adam Green
Ata Kak
Avalon Emerson
Baio (DJ set)
Beach House
Ben Watt Band feat. Bernard Butler
Bicep - live
Brian Jonestown Massacre
Cass McCombs
Danny L Harle
Dean Blunt
Declan McKenna
D.D Dumbo
Dilly Dally
DJ Koze
Empress Of
Fat White Family
Fickle Friends
Floating Points - live
Four Tet
Girl Band
Gold Panda
Greco-Roman Soundsystem
Happy Meal Ltd.
Holly Herndon - live
Jackmaster b2b Gerd Janson

James Blake
John Grant
Junior Boys
Kimmo Pohjonen Skin
KINK - live
Little Simz
Loyle Carner
Mbongwana Star
Meilyr Jones
Mentsh (GRSS)
Mind Enterprises
Molly Nilsson
Moon Duo

Motor City Drum Ensemble
Mount Kimbie DJ Set

Mura Masa
Mystery Jets
Opal People (DJ set)
Orchestra Baobab
Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band
Parquet Courts

PJ Harvey
Red Axes - live
Rejjie Snow
Roman Flügel
Roots Manuva
Shock Machine
Sleaford Mods

Steve Mason

Special Request
Tale of Us
Teen Creeps DJs
The Black Madonna
The Temper Trap
The Thurston Moore Group
Tirzah (live)
Wild Nothing
Wooden Wisdom & Dj Fitz
Youth Lagoon

2017 Festival[edit]

The festival was reduced to one day and was on Saturday 3 June. This was the last year in Victoria Park.

The Barn Crack Bugged Out Eat Your Own Ears Moth Club Resident Advisor Shacklewell Arms Bleep presents the Bandstand
Aphex Twin

Nina Kraviz

Nicolas Jaar

Jon Hopkins (DJ)


Marcel Dettmann

Dekmantel Soundsystem


Tom Ravenscroft

Mura Masa

Arab Strap

Esther Joy

Death Grips

Dr John Cooper Clarke


Pictish Trail

Kite Base


Fatima Yamaha - live

Joe Goddard

Job Jobse


Lena Willikens


Tom Demac

Run The Jewels

Lady Leshurr

Phil Taggart


Rae Morris

Loyle Carner




Tom Baker Soundsystem

Omar Souleyman

PC Music presents Danny L Harle, A.G. Cook & More

Clams Casino

Silver Apples




Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids

Andy Shauf

Flying Lotus


Âme (live)

Lena Willikens


Forest Swords


Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Siren DJs

Thee Oh Sees

Marc Riley

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard


Kevin Morby


Julia Jacklin

Methyl Ethel

Áine Cahill

Jade Bird

E. Myers

Mike Paradinas


Raime b2b Yally




2018 Festival[edit]

The 2018 festival moved to Brockwell Park in Herne Hill and took place on 1 and 2 June. The headliners were Erykah Badu, Four Tet, Thundercat and Fever Ray.

Friday 1 June
Eat Your Own Ears

x Fader


x Total Refreshment Centre

Shacklewell Arms

x London In Stereo


x It's Nice That

Superdry Sounds

  • Total Refreshment Centre x Church of Sound
  • Sean OD
  • Jazz Re:Freshed

  • Aaron L

  • Brownswood DJs

  • Ami Carmine
Saturday 2 June
Eat Your Own Ears

x The Quietus

The Hydra

x The Barn

CRACK Bugged Out!


Resident Advisor Superdry Sounds

  • Dolan Bergin

  • Harry James
  • Georgie Rogers
  • Marcus Harris
  • Milner & Vish
  • 239EF DJs
  • Syrra DJs
  • Gilles Peterson
  • Young Marco
  • DJ Seinfeld
  • DJ Boring
  • Moscoman
  • Jayda G
  • HAAi
  • Lemmy Ashton
  • Daniel Avery
  • Helena Hauff
  • Avalon Emerson
  • Tzusing
  • Objekt B2B Batu
  • Ross From Friends
  • Tash LC

  • Klose One

2019 Festival[edit]

The 2019 festival was at Meridian Water in Enfield on 7 and 8 June. The headliners were Skepta and Jorja Smith. There was a new system in place for the festival; a Day part and a Late Night part; the Day part of the festival finished around 10.30 pm and the Late Night part of the festival finished around 3 am. The line up was:

Friday 7 June

Eat Your Own Ears Printworks CRACK Boot Room Bulldog Gin Yard
Late Night
  • Yizzy
  • Tirzah
  • Brad Stank
  • Crows
  • Denzel Himself & KEYAH/BLU
  • Reprezent FM
  • Erol Alkan
  • Baba Stiltz
  • Skee Mask
  • Marie Davidson (live)
  • Jay Carder
  • Fall Forward

Saturday 8 June

Eat Your Own Ears Printworks Boiler Room Boot Room Bulldog Gin Yard
Late Night
  • Mella Dee
  • Denis Sulta
  • Tiga
  • HAAi

  • Flohio
  • Marika Hackman
  • Emma-Jean Thackray
  • Rachel Chinouriri
  • Frankie Stew & Harvey Gunn
  • Reprezent FM

  • Todd Terje (dj)
  • Denis Sulta
  • DJ Seinfeld
  • HAAi
  • Mella Dee
  • Eclair Fifi
  • Fall Forward


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