RADSOUND // FIELD DAY 2015 PREVIEW

Originally published on Radsound 

Heading back to London’s Victoria Park on 6th-7th June this year, Field Day is rapidly becoming one of the key events in the UK music calendar, expanding to two days last year and continuing in 2015. Having previously played host to the likes of Pixies, Metronomy, Wild Beasts and Franz Ferdinand amongst others, and selling out every year since it’s beginnings in 2007, it comes as no surprise that this year’s has also got one of the best line ups of the festival season and is set to be a weekend of stellar live music.

Bringing sounds to the Saturday is a primarily dance orientated schedule building up to a headline set from Canadian electronica giant Caribou, with the likes of Worcester newcomer Astronomyy, the elusive La Priest and championed young multi-instrumentalist Jack Garratt.

For a more experimentalist take, sets from the ever intriguing J-Pop and Aphex Twin inspired SOPHIE and the highly acclaimed Clarence Clarity are affairs not to be skipped over and no doubt will be talked about long after the gates are shut.

If dance is not your thing, the day still boats an impressive alternative line up featuring the undeniable synth tinged brilliance of Spector and legendary Radiohead sticks-man Philip Selway, alongside the new generation of indie with sets from the rising lo-fi tones of Hooton Tennis Club and sister trio Jagaara.

Boasting a cross between the two, the electro art-rock combinations of both Django Django and solo project Fryars are two sets also likely to prove Field Day Saturday essentials, bringing shows to stand up against the likes of Todd Terje and The Olsens, another set that will no doubt be utterly unmissable from the Norweigan pioneer.

Set to storm the festival, Mercury nominated FKA Twigs brings an atmospheric electro beauty set to rival the soulful electro performances from West London’s Shura and Canada’s Chet Faker, both also taking to the stages on the day, whilst Run The Jewels – a duo who need little introduction – will bring a harder, tougher edge with their boundary cutting hip hop show alongside the similar thrashy style of New York’s trio Ratking.

Sunday meanwhile brings a more guitar orientated billing to the event dominated by a headline set from highly hailed and reformed shoegazers Ride, closely followed by a legendary punk set from Patti Smith with her seminal 1975 album ‘Horses’ in it’s entirety and Supergrass frontman turned witty pop solo artist Gaz Coombes performing.

Bringing a healthy trip of sun-soaked psychedelia to the afternoon, sets from Allah Las alongside Brooklyn’s DIIV and Canada’s Mac Demarco – both back with new material from their forthcoming albums ‘Is the Is Are’ and ‘Another One’ respectively – are likely to be a wash of impressive musical talent, whilst Cairobi and Ducktails are also set to showcase similar sounds of hallucinogenic experimentation.

Taking on a harder edge, Leeds’ finest, Bad Breeding and Eagulls are set to bring roaring sets of post-punk angst to the festival, drawing from giant riffs and raging sounds that will no doubt conjure up the few circle pits of the weekend, whilst the likes of Hookworms and Viet Cong lie somewhere in-between with washed out punk sounds and darkened atmospherics bringing a sombre edge to affairs.

If you’re looking for something with more echoes of summer, rising Liverpool bands Outift and Gulf are set to provide much needed bursts of upbeat synth fused indie pop that will go hand in hand with the weather (should the sun decide to make an appearance), whilst ex- Haçienda DJ Justin Robertson is set to bring a 90s party infused dance heavy set to the Sunday evening.

Pale and Haelos offer small doses of true Sunday relaxation with experimental electronic sounds driven by soft vocals that are no doubt likely to soothe any sore heads from the night before and prove to be effortlessly enchanting shows.

Whatever your preferred style, Field Day has it covered this year and with such a startlingly brilliant array of acts, it’s highly unlikely this one will not follow suit into another sell out event.

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