Field Day 2013: A B-East of a Festival

A preview of the East London festival

Photographer: Peter CorkhillChris Eustace on 15 May 2013

Only the best will do, with food and drink courtesy of the local Venn Street Market, while on the Village Green there’s an emphasis on team sports, so if you want the glory of taking part in the human wheelbarrow, three legged race or tug of war, you know where to head. Play for the ultimate prize (er, the Field Day tea towel, obvs) in the feather dusting relay race, the mind-bending know your lettuce quiz, nettle-eating contest (ouch), the salad making pentathlon or jam tart balancing…it’ll basically be like the Olympics never left.

As far as luminaries and big acts of the moment are concerned, well, Animal Collective, Disclosure, Django Django, Julio Bashmore, Palma Violets, Everything Everything, Four Tet, Bat For Lashes and John Cooper Clarke are all present and correct, and it goes without saying that they’re all worth your time.

Meanwhile, Chvrches, Clean Bandit, Gabriel Bruce, Charlie Boyer And The Voyers Amateur Best, Savages and Splashh are some of the newer acts that should be in your thoughts, but here’s the big five we recommend you don’t leave Vicky Park without seeing, horrifying clashes permitting:   


Combining expansive post-punk with bubbling electronica and a real sense of drama, it’s mystifying how this five-piece’s debut album ‘Song And Dance’ has so far largely flown under the radar since its’ release earlier this year. Hopefully this Field Day slot will introduce the band’s inventive and striking songs to many more new eyes and ears.

East India Youth

Even as a member of Bournemouth indie band The Fourfathers, William Doyle had started making his own more electronic-influenced music on the side. He left the band the day he finished the first EIY demo. Given the scope of Doyle’s new alias, it’s little wonder he grew restless within the confines of a band, shapeshifting as he does from singer-songwriter, to krautrock, prog, techno, synth-pop and God knows what else. With a wealth of ideas to explore in these songs, this will undoubtedly be a special one.


Closing the night with what promises to be an awesome audio-visual extravaganza, TNGHT, a collaboration between Hudson Mohawke and Lunice, are big on brash, bombastic bass monsters. Taking hip-hop production into the dance arena, if you don’t end up writhing around like a maniac to the utterly ridiculous (in a good way) ‘Higher Ground’ and ‘Acrylics’, consult a doctor immediately.

King Krule

The enigmatic Archy Marshall is as far from your typical Brit School attendee as you can get. Disappearing then re-appearing at will, his sprawling, cracked tunes see KK snarling and vulnerable all at once. Coming off like Billy Bragg meets Mike Skinner, the likes of ‘Rock Bottom’ and ‘The Noose Of Jah City’ could be a firm foundation for an acclaimed career, if their creator was actually bothered about that kind of thing. Ironically, it’s that mindset that should seal one for him. Go see him in case he goes into hibernation again afterwards.    


Everyone! It’s Beyonce’s cooler sister! While she initially played it safe trying to emulate big sis’ R’n’B-pop, she moved through old-school style soul to last year’s ‘True’ EP, updating the groove-based dance hits of the 80’s for the 21st century. Working with ex-Lightspeed Champion man-turned uber-producer Dev Hynes, her newest work is a bit more understated but still brimming with hooks. With Kendrick Lamar recently turning up on a remix of EP highlight ‘Looks Good With Trouble’, best check her out now before she gets mainstream success to go with her hard-won indie cred.    

Field Day takes place on 25th May 2013 at Victoria Park, London.

Click here for the full Field Day line up.

2013 Field Day tickets are now on sale for £54 (including booking fee).

Click here to buy Field Day tickets.

Click here to check out our Field Day Spotify playlist for 2013.


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