Here at Breaking More Waves we have a somewhat mixed relationship with London’s Field Day Festival, set in Victoria Park, London. The first time we attended in 2011 we found bad mannered audiences, a poor site layout, poor sound quality and a general organisational mess. In 2014 we gave it another go and despite some quibbles (£5 for a can of poor lager, half baked performances from The Horrors and Sky Ferreira, an unadventurous line up on the Sunday, and an out of it man in the audience who thought it was acceptable to grind up and down against our friend in the dance tent with no invitation, even when asked to stop) it was a far better experience.
So for 2015 we return again, albeit this time just for the Saturday, where the line-up is more in keeping with the taste of Breaking More Waves (Sunday is more trad-indie heavy).
Among the bigger names to choose from at the 2015 edition are the likes of Django Django and Caribou who will close the Eat Your Own Ears Stage, or if that doesn’t take your fancy you can opt for all sorts of beats and sexiness with Chet Faker followed by FKA Twigs on the Crack Magazine stage. Elsewhere you can decide if the likes of Sophie and QT are really the future of pop or just a horrendous hipster joke at the Resident Advisor stage, catch Russian house and techno DJ Nina Kraviz to experience a set that will show you how she’s become one of the breakthrough DJ’s of the last few years, or if you prefer something a little more sedate go and witness the Farnborough Concert Band, who are, yes, a fully formed brass band.
Of course there are also plenty of new acts treading the boards at the festival and on Saturday Breaking More Waves featured acts such as Rae Morris, Shura, Astronomy, Vaults, Clarence Clarity and Jagaara will all be performing. With those names its almost as if the organisers asked us to help curate the event.
But if the music gets a bit too much, or if everything seems just a little too cool for school, (something that because of its line up and predominantly 20-something London crowd Field Day does get accused of from time to time) elsewhere on the site you’ll find a ‘village green’ complete with hay bales, bunting and games such as blindfolded crowd herding, competitive food eating, duck-egg and spoon, three legged races, a traditional tombola and of course a lucky dip. You’ll see quite a lot of those fun and games in the video below from Field Day 2014, as well as a few clips of the performances from last year.
Field Day takes place this coming Saturday and Sunday the 6th and 7th June. There are less than 500 tickets left for the Saturday at the time of publication of this post, so if you want to go, book now (here). Stage times have been published (here) so you can get planning your day now.
Field Day (Video)