Now that it’s getting dark stupidly early, next summer’s festival fun seems like a lifetime away. But here’s something to get you excited: Field Day returns next June. Here’s an exclusive first look at the initial line-up for next year’s weekender, which takes over Victoria Park on June 6 and 7 2015.
Heady days for shoegaze fans: after a Slowdive reunion and a new My Bloody Valentine album last year, the last of the genre’s Big Three bands is back in action. Originally from Oxford, Ride produced two phenomenal albums (and two iffy ones) before breaking up in 1996. They always rocked harder and faster than any of their peers, and their Field Day headline set on Sunday has the potential to be absolutely bloody mindblowing.
Caribou, Dan Snaith’s brilliantly colourful electronic pop project, won over yet more hearts with luscious R&B love letters album ‘Our Love’ earlier this year: great news for Field Day punters, as it means that Snaith – joined by a full band when playing live – has yet more gold in his back catalogue with which to dazzle the crowd at his headline slot on Saturday night.
After a gig at the Vatican this Christmas, St Patti has big plans for 2015: she’s saddling up to tour her classic 40-year-old album ‘Horses’ in its entirety. That means her Field Day stop-off on Sunday will include everything from the sheer adrenaline rush of ‘Gloria’ to the slow-burning beauty of ‘Kimberly’: a sublime set for a summer evening.
Adam Bainbridge’s gleeful, funky tunes can get the most staid of festival-goers dancing like a loon. As Kindness, Bainbridge proved himself to be one of this year’s freshest artists with the sublime, soul-infused album ‘Otherness’, and a live festival set on Saturday should be lively indeed thanks to his super-slick, Jacko-defying dance moves. Just don’t try and recreate them after four pints of Meantime Thames Hop IPA.
A violin virtuoso may not seem the obvious choice for Field Day, but when said string-plucker is Canadian polymath Owen Pallett, it’s a no-brainer. Pallett’s mix of graceful instrumentation, subtle electronics and soaring melodies is always a joy to hear live, and tracks from his incredible ‘In Conflict’ album should provide welcome, magical respite for anyone who’s had enough beats and bass on Field Day’s dance-heavy Saturday.
With a magnificently bushy beard and fondness for vests and lumberjack shirts, Australian producer and singer Chet Faker (shocker alert: it’s not his real name) looks like he was born to play Field Day. Luckily, his music is just as on-point as his fashion sense: woozy R&B mixed with hip hop beats and quirky electronic riffs, occasionally veering into something approaching misty synthpop. He’s another highlight of Saturday’s bill.
Other names in the first wave of announcements include Django Django, Madlib, Nina Kraviz and dance innovator Sophie. Also on the bill: good vibes, good food, good beer, and hopefully a repeat of this year’s heatwave (climate change, don’t fail us now). Early bookers pay less, so grab a ticket now and brighten up your horrible winter commute with thoughts of the summer to come.