Field Day, London’s most ambitious and forward-thinking festival, is pleased to announce more names on the burgeoning line up, which already includes the likes of Animal Collective, Bat For Lashes, Kurt Vile, Disclosure, Mulatu Astatke, Seth Troxler and many more. We are excited about new stage partnerships with Red Bull Music Academy (http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com), Bleep (https://bleep.com) and Caught By The River (http://www.caughtbytheriver.net).
A new episode of Field Day Radio featuring en exclusive Amateur Best mix and never heard before live recordings of Foals playing Field Day 2008, can be listened to at http://www.fielddayfestivals.com/field-day-festival-radio/
Freshly confirmed for 2013 is King Krule, who, previously known as Zoo Kid, is already being feted as one of the best and brightest of 2013. He brings his bleak but beautiful tales of discontent; guitar-led dub lullabies, swathed in his distinctive sneering vocals to Field Day, think Leonard Cohen, Billy Bragg and Burial meets Django Reinhardt!
Also on board are firm favourites of The Quietus, 5-piece band TOY who surf the cosmic channels of krautrock, cruising along on motoric beats, waving at pals The Horrors and tipping their hats to Syd Barrett as they chug through hypnotic, psychedelic pop songs.
Known for celebrating the return to everything that’s good about loud, ecstatic live music, are the Canadian band Metz, who give nods to the likes of Nation of Ulysses, Shellac, The Pixies, The Jesus Lizard, and Public Image Ltd.
They will be playing alongside Stealing Sheep, known for their noisily drenched voodoo-pop, in the hazy shape of psychedelic folktronica from their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Into The Diamond Sun’; expect medieval synths, hypnotic beats, spiraling whammy guitars, mystical harmonies and apocalyptic thunder drones.
Also confirmed is Bollywood musician Charanjit Singh, who’s rediscovered 1982 album Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat caused a massive stir in the world of dance and electronic music a couple of years ago, sounding just like acid house although it was recorded in Bombay three years before the first Chicago and Detroit releases. Inspired by the sound of disco imported from the west, he recorded ancient Indian ragas using Roland drum machines, sequencers and synthesisers – all set to a 'disco' beat. In November 2012 – at the age of 72 – Charanjit toured Europe for the first time with the original Roland gear to ecstatic audiences. His performances both stunned and amazed, and we can’t wait to have him at Field Day and see him make people dance like maniacs!
Rising producer Daniel Avery, curator and creator of some of the most inventive and forward thinking electronic sounds today, will be playing live alongside East India Youth, the 22-year old multi-instrumentalist William Doyle, who creates absolutely astounding music, an original mixture of dark Detroit techno, lo-fi psychedelic noise rock, deeply romantic Pet Shop Boys-esque synth pop and ramshackle avant-electronica. Meanwhile, London based Lee Gamble will use his background in experimental computer music to create exquisite deconstructions of jungle and techno.
Eat Your Own Ears favourites Dark Bells will spin a beguiling web of haunting yet melodic sounds built on the bricks of post-punk with the atmosphere of an act you might have found on 4AD in 1983; while the Australian Mt Warning will play their first ever UK show and festival, as they delicer a hazy dose of pop splendor that is reminiscent of The National, Local Natives and Broken Bells.
Also at Field Day this year are Guards, who pull from the shimmer and shine of '70's power pop groups, the big guitar choruses of Grunge, some psych rock, the straight ahead drive of '60's rock and soul, and a little bit of early '80's New Wave. Alongside them will be Gabriel Bruce who were recently described by fellow Field Day'ers Palma Violets as "one of the best performers out there at the moment, this is one of the best pop tracks that I've heard in donkey's years".
We are excited to announce that Bleep will be partnering with the BleeD/Lanzarote stage to showcase ‘The Green Series’ at Field Day, featuring the already announced producer-duo Karenn (Blawan and Pariah) alongside Berlin producer Objekt, who will take the audience on his adventures in machine music, built to make subs rattle and feet wiggle; a convoluted mess of elektrology and teknology, 3-step, bass-core, post windmill, proto-minimal wankstep, gondola, shithouse, acid wonk, ambient gabber…
We are also very happy to welcome the Red Bull Music Academy back this year, who will be hosting a stage at Field Day. Joining previously announced Amateur Best and Egyptian Hip Hop, are the freshest and hottest new acts of the electronic music world.
With Field Day following hot on the heels of this year’s Academy in New York, three artists, fresh from their stint there, join the RBMA stage at Field Day for their first post-graduation outings, namely: auteur of experimental pop tapestries Rudi Zygadlo, the soulfully serene 2-stepper Koreless and cross-genre bass wunderkind Throwing Snow.
Check out an exclusive stream at www.redbull.co.uk/fieldday of Throwing Snow's When Doves Linger, performed for the first time at last week's Atoms for Peace launch. The track is a mash up of Throwing Snow's Lingerwell and Prince's When Doves Cry, the brainchild of Throwing Snow's brother (soundcloud.com/tonesmusic) who had the idea after the tracks came into his head en route to the show from Bristol and immediately texted Throwing Snow who tried it out on the night.
Known for their entrancing vocals and kraut experimentation, the adventurous Sydney based Jagwar Ma merge guitar rock with club music and will be playing new tracks of their highly anticipated debut album out in May.
New electrofunk wunderkind Bobby Tank, who makes music that sounds like a mosaic of every great electronic dance style of the past 30 years, fusing dubstep, drum’n bass, glossy soul and high tech funk, will play alongside rising producer and musician Kwes, known for his collaborations with The xx, Hot Chip, Leftfield and DELS, and who will play his critically acclaimed avant-pop at Field Day 2013.
Rainy Milo will bring the chilly atmospherics of her beautiful EP ‘Limey’, which takes us through her wise-beyond-years literate world, skipping jazzy vocal lines over OFWGKTA-esque beats and features collaborations with the likes of Chet Faker and Ariel Pink producer Cole MGN; the centre of it all belonging to Milo’s startling voice. While Duologue will immerse listeners into a hauntingly atmospheric world, combining soaring strings and guitar melodies with electronic glitches in a contrasting way that will leave the audience rapt, alongside Leed’s finest export Happa.
Also playing the Red Bull Music Academy stage will be newcomer DJ J Marinetti. His first release ‘Dive’ beckons and entices with its perpetual beat and rich sumptuous vocals and was handpicked by Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich for his first show supporting Atoms for Peace. We’re sure this is the start of something big for Marinetti.
The brilliant website Caught By The River, home to excellent writing by first class contributors on music, nature, ale and…fishing, has carved itself a unique place on the web since its beginnings in 2007 and will be hosting a fine area at Field Day 2013. We are really excited to announce showcases on the very best in spoken word, field recordings, readings and inspirational discussion by an eclectic mix of excellent contributors, including sound recordist Chris Watson, Irish author Peter Murphy, Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley, the British Library’s Wildlife Sounds curator Cheryl Tipp and many more.
On the new aditions, Eat Your Own Ears’ promoter Tom Baker says: “I’m truly excited by these new additions to the Field Day line up: everything from King Krule (what a massive, massive talent – and so young!), to the pop sounds of Jagwar Ma, prolific producer Kwes, the hugely influencial 72 year old Bollywood musician Charanjit Singh to the hypnotic and psychedelic pop of TOY…”
Entering its seventh year, Field Day will be returning to the leafy green surroundings of Victoria Park with its unique formula of pioneering line-up coupled with village fete mentality, all in the heart of East London. Field Day will take place over the Bank Holiday weekend on Saturday 25th May.
Hosted by forward-thinking promoters Eat Your Own Ears, Bugged Out!, BleeD/ Lanzarote and proudly partnering with The i Paper, The Quietus, FACT Magazine, Last FM, Resident Advisor, The Line of Best Fit, Abeano and Dummy Magazine, Field Day is a festival that has become synonymous with imaginative and progressive bills hosting the likes of Franz Ferdinand, SBTRKT, Afrocubism, Grimes and Django Django last summer; 2013 is certainly shaping up to be no exception to this rule.
As with years gone by, Field Day will be providing ample entertainment for those looking for respite from the music in the Village Mentality area on The Village Green. Expect traditional side stalls inspired by country pastimes and weird and wonderful fete games, from classic tug of war, sack races and egg and spoon race to more unexpected and fantastic ones like tea bag tossing and the world famous winkle picking contest.