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FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Field Day 2017

This Saturday (3 June) sees Field Day celebrating its tenth anniversary in style as it welcomes a raft of awesome artists to its stages, for a day that promises to bring Victoria Park to its knees. With plenty of different musical styles represented at the festival, ticket-holders will be spoilt for choice as their favourite bands, producers, and DJs appear across the site.

The organisers really have gone all out with their music programme this year. On bill-topping duty we have American hip-hop supergroup Run the Jewels, consisting of rappers El-P and Killer Mike. They made waves with the release of their eponymous debut album, which was released in 2013, and was followed up with two equally well-received studio albums. These guys know how to bring the fire, so get ready for some serious third degree burns.

Photo: Danny North, Lovebox 2016

For the full line-up, plus photos, videos and ticket information, head to our Field Day festival page.

Headlining the brand new stage, The Barn, we have the imposing Aphex Twin getting stuck in behind the decks. Well known for his acid infused sound, which blends techno, drum and bass, and any other electronic genre you can possibly imagine, Aphex Twin has built a reputation as one of the most critically acclaimed artists of all time.

His influence on the electronic music scene is immeasurable, and the enormous collection of productions he has tucked under his belt is testament to the fact. Spawning an unending list of copycat artists, Aphex’ reputation precedes him.

A further act playing playing is Âme. Quite possibly the most famous track produced by the duo is Rej, the deeply melodic slice of euphoric tech-house you’re ever likely to hear. Try not to weep huge tears of joy as the track ebbs and flows, dragging on your emotions.

Photo: Carolina Faruolo

For the full line-up, plus photos, videos and ticket information, head to our Field Day festival page.

Another artist you certainly don’t want to be missing is Flying Lotus. Hailing from California, Fly-Lo has been on the scene now for just over ten years, at least in terms of his releases. Starting out in 2006 with 1983, and stretching to 2014 with You’re Dead!

His music fuses a number of styles including hip hop, psychedelia, and IDM (so he’ll be in good company with Aphex knocking about too). His 2016 feature film, Kuso, was also very well received by critics and fans alike.

Indie fans should head over and check out Arab Strap while they are in town. The Scottish two-piece remain one of the most influential indie bands of the past twenty years. They have built up a cult following since the release of the 1996 debut album, The Week Never Starts Around Here. This is a good opportunity to catch a band that may decide to call it a day (again) at any given moment.

Photo: Carolina Faruolo

As always, the festival will feature food a drinks areas where you can enjoy all manner of tasty morsels, and there will be additional attractions in the form of fairground rides and more.

Field Day takes place at London’s Victoria Park on Saturday 3rd May. For the full line-up, plus photos, videos and ticket information, head to our Field Day festival page.

 

Author: Ste Knight

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