If you’ve ever been to a music festival, chances are you know the pain of checking the schedule at the last minute to find that two of your favourite bands are playing at the same time at opposite ends of the festival site. The better the line-up, the greater the chances are of your festival experience consisting of a series of heart-wrenching dilemmas – and Field Day, which takes place in Victoria Park this Saturday, has a damn good line-up. We’ve already told you which five acts you can’t possibly miss. Now here are the five most painful scheduling conflicts throughout the day, and our tips on how to deal with them…
5. Charanjit Singh vs Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs vs Guards
If you’ve ever wondered what it would sound like if you took a series of Indian ragas and stuck a disco beat over the top (answer: a bit like acid house), Charanjit Singh is your man. But go and catch some afternoon beats at his set at 12.45pm on the BleeD/Lanzarote stage, and you’ll miss the riveting proto-punk/glam-rock clatter of Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs on the Laneway stage (12.55pm). All in all, though, you should probably go and check out the Shacklewell Arms stage. There’s plenty of time for body-popping later in the day, and Boyer and his Voyeurs have more London gigs lined up, but Brooklyn’s Guards (12.45pm) are over in the UK for a limited time, and have a set full of anthemic, Phil Spector-ish indie to kick off your Field Day splendidly.
4. Stealing Sheep vs Seth Troxler vs Metz
Seth Troxler is one of the biggest new names in house music, but his 2pm set is still too early to really get your freak on to his deep grooves. Check out Liverpudlian ladies Stealing Sheep instead: they bring their intriguing psych-folk vibes to the Main Stage at 2.05pm. And if you do fancy something heavier, then charge back over to the Shacklewell Arms stage for some fast and furious riffing at 2.15pm by Canadian hardcore nerds Metz.
3. Bat For Lashes vs Daughter vs Disclosure
We’ve already chosen Natasha Khan, who performs as Bat For Lashes on the Main Stage, as one of our top five must-see acts at Field Day. But that doesn’t mean there are no more hard choices as 7.30pm rolls around. After all, if you’re a fan of Khan’s kind of spooky vocals and drifting pop, it’ll be a wrench to miss Daughter as they summon up the same sort of spirits over on the Laneway stage. And either way, you won’t be able to catch one of London’s most promising young acts: Disclosure, who hit the Bugged Out stage at 7.25pm – just as it’s about time to gently ease yourself into going totally nuts to some super-fine garage and house.
2. Four Tet vs Julio Bashmore vs Django Django
In a DJ battle of epic proportions, shortly after 8.30pm London’s Four Tet and Bristol’s Julio Bashmore take to the Main and Bugged Out stages respectively just five minutes apart. Normally we’d go for Four Tet every time – this is a man who made Justin Timberlake’s ‘Suit and Tie‘ danceable, for God’s sake – but you can catch him at the official Field Day after party later that night, so go and jack your body to Bashmore’s irresistible grooves instead. You know it makes sense, and by this point you won’t feel too bad about missing Django Django (Laneway stage, 8.50pm).
1. Animal Collective vs TNGHT vs Mulatu Astatke
They’re the biggest name on the bill, so an enormous crowd is guaranteed for Animal Collective on the Main Stage at 9.50pm. And yes, you might think the Baltimore psychedelic group are pretty far-out. And yes, they may not play in the UK all that often. But if you pick the Village Mentality stage at the same time, you’ll find your feet itching to the incredibly funky vibes of the father of Ethopian jazz, Mulatu Astatke, and his incredible band. And if you happen to wander into the Bugged Out stage, Hudson Mohawke and Lunice will make you contort yourself into shapes you never knew possible with their infectious, massive club music as TNGHT. So tear yourself away from the familiar and throw yourself in at the deep end – it’s what Field Day is about, after all.
We used to be indecisive but now we’re not so sure: discover our five must-see picks for Field Day.
Or check out the full timetable over at Clashfinder General.