Field Day festival returns to Victoria Park as a two-dayer this weekend – and there are so many cool new artists playing that it’s going to be tough to decide which sets to catch. Here’s our guide to the weekend’s must-see acts, so you don’t miss out on the highlights of London’s best festival for underground and up-and-coming sounds. Your weekend of new musical discovery starts here…
Gates open for Field Day 2014! Roll up to Victoria Park, check out the festival site, and grab some lunch: Street Feast and Venn Street Market lay on the food while the London Brewers’ Market offers local beers.
Time to catch some music. Sky Ferreira played a disastrous show in a hotel basement last time she was in London, but her synth-heavy retro pop is perfect for Saturday in the park.
Head to the Shacklewell Arms stage to catch Jaakko Eino Kalevi, a Finn who spends some of his time driving a tram in Helsinki and the rest crafting spellbinding, disco-tinged seductive dream pop.
It’s back to the main stage for Blood Orange, the name under which London-born, New York-based producer Dev Hynes creates his own heady mix of sinewy, sexy synthpop that has a massive crush on Prince.
Time for some shadowy, immersive grooves care of LA four-piece Warpaint, treating the Field Day main stage to selections from their brilliant new self-titled album.
Get dinner, then see one of the best new bands to come out of Manchester in ages, Money, bringing echoing guitars and angelic vocals to the Shacklewell Arms stage.
(Reluctantly) skip festival headliners Metronomy and catch the all-capped crusader of the UK bass scene, SBTRKT, as he makes a long-awaited live return. Don’t miss this chance to find out what’s coming next from the man in the mask.
The festival shuts down for the night, but don’t stop partying. Field Day After Parties, including Daniel Avery and Jackmaster at Oval Space and Fat White Family at the Shacklewell Arms, keep the fun going into the wee hours of Sunday morning.
Start day two with a bang: arrive in time for Pond, the whacked-out Australian collective who switch from Sabbathy riffing to Beatlesque psych pop at the drop of a pick.
Catapulted to internet fame by a dad-dancing appearance on ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ earlier this year, Future Islands are sure to pack out the Shacklewell Arms tent. Get there early if you want a decent view of passionate frontman Samuel Herring and his inspiringly un-slick moves.
It’s Pixies time! Get yourself to the main stage for an hour and a half of alt-rock nirvana. So what if their new record’s not that great? They’ve got more than enough nerve-shredding classics to get the whole of Vicky Park shrieking along.
If you haven’t already, buy your Field Day ticket here. Already going? Check out the stage times now.