Back for 2017 and condensed into one killer day rather than the customary two, Field Day announced Aphex Twin at the tail end of 2016 as the headline artist set to ring in the changes.
If you’re a Londoner and haven’t yet heard about this, Aphex Twin’s first show in five years, then you must be living under a rock – The Barn, a new "gigantic hanger-like construction”, is the vehicle for such a performance, newly introduced for 2017 and equipped with a "high-powered soundsystem and one of the most technologically advanced lighting rigs around." Big claims that the festival, known for quality production, will no doubt deliver on.
Now in its 11th year, Field Day has consistently proven itself to be one of the leading festivals in the UK, having bought illustrious acts such as Caribou, Patti Smith and Pixies to grace the festival’s stages. If last year was a case of quite literally ‘braving the storm’ - artists like PJ Harvey, Sleaford Mods and Skepta faced the elements to deliver huge performances, this year’s line-up is kicking one up.
Ticket Tannoy’s live picks of the acts coming to Victoria Park on June 3 include Moderat; the brilliant Death Grips; the newly reformed Arab Strap; Mura Masa and Loyle Carner - each cementing Field Day as one of the UK's leading festivals.
For those of you looking for a 4/4 beat, Field Day is once again committed to showcasing boundary pushing music across all genres. The festival’s electronic line up dazzles once more with a lengthy list of names including the legendary Moodymann, Fatima Yamaha, Omar Souleyman and more.
DJ sets come courtesy of lauded producer Jon Hopkins, whilst other highlights set to take to the decks at this year’s festival include the ever-reliable Midland, techno queen Nina Kraviz, Berghain’s Marcel Dettmann and newbie Lena Willikens. Let’s face it, if Hunee’s upbeat house and disco can’t raise a smile on a potentially rainy day, then nobody can, and celebated funk jazz pioneers Idris Akamoor & The Pyramids are a must-see, feel-good hour that nobody will regret.
A welcome addition to proceedings come in the shape of Punk Poet John Cooper Clarke, who will be appearing with his very own inimitable brand of poetry at Field Day this year. The original 'people's' poet, his career has spanned cultures, audiences, art-forms and continents – he won’t be out of place amongst the slew of East London hipsters puncturing the crowd between trendy food vans and craft ale tents.