Village Mentality comes to Field Day

Now in it’s eighth year Field Day returns to its beautiful leafy home of Victoria Park on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of June in the heart of East London. We are thrilled to announce this year’s Village Mentality content for Field Day 2014.

Unique to Field Day is Village Mentality’s village green. It runs in the daytime from 1-5pm and it’s the bunting strewn, straw bale-filled heart of the festival. For 2014 the Village Green runs on both days of the weekend- offering (as ever) a wry mix of old favourite and new classic team games and DIY-style side stalls including:

Village Green Team Games – 7th & 8th June

Run the gamut of team games inspired by traditional fetes and country games but with a contemporary twist. BE PREPARED is the motto for 2014 as this year our games hark back to childhood memories with the theme of Girl Guides and Boy Scouts, Brownies and Cubs. So, whether you were a kelpie or an elf, a beaver or one of the woodcraft folk, have a pow wow, join the pack and muck into a wacky selection of team races and relays to include:

Competitive knot tying, three legged racing, dib dab dobbing, pillow fighting, tug of warring, all for prizes with bells and whistles thrown in. Go on- join in and release your inner cub…

Competitive Eating Contest

Don’t miss our eating competition taking place at 3pm on both days. Details and prizes (often a crate of alcohol!) tba. Previous years have included nettle eating and winkle picking so always a great spectacle!

Lo-fi Sideshows with Hi-fi prizes

Check out our classic sideshows like Splat the Rat, The Duck Shoot, plus a traditional Tombola and Lucky Dip. Expect to win less traditional prizes such as collectables from Field Day acts, tickets for Tate exhibitions, guest list for exclusive Field Day after parties, Rough Trade goodies and even the odd tea towel. Oh and a coconut at the Coconut Shy.

Tate Britain and Etsy craft workshops – Saturday 7th June

We’re very excited to announce that Tate Britain and Etsy UK will be teaming up at this year's Field Day to celebrate Tate Britain's latest exhibition, British Folk Art (Tate Britain: June 10 – Aug 31). Inspired by the varied and wonderful crafts involved in British Folk Art, Tate Britain and Etsy will be hosting drop-in workshops where Field-Dayers can get crafty making their very own customised wooden peg dolls and Himmelli sculptures.

So pull up a chair, grab a cup of tea from the lovely Dalston Darlings Women’s Institute or a coffee from Charlatan’s front man Tim Peaks coffee and get making!

Brass Band Action

On Saturday 7th we are pleased to welcome back Field Day stalwarts The Farnborough Concert Band of the Royal British Legion who play a mix of contemporary classics and old favourites. 50-person strong, this is your rousing weekend in the park experience from times gone by.

On Sunday 8th we are very excited to announce that Hackney Colliery Band will be making their Field Day debut. With a tongue-in-cheek, yet respectful, nod to the great tradition of British brass bands, Hackney Colliery’s influences are as diverse as the London borough that gives them their name. Mixing rock, afro-beat, hip-hop, Balkan beats, contemporary jazz and soul, they are a uniquely British take on the modern brass band sound.

'Reinventing the brass-band format for the 21st century’ – The Times

Other content to check out across site neighbouring the Village Green are the NEW Street Feast and London Brewers Market areas.


Metronomy/ All We Are/ Arthur Beatrice/ Bad Vibrations/ Bake/ Blood Orange/ Caligula feat. Warboy, Leo Belicha, Robert Outch/ Charlotte OC/ Courtney Barnett/ Danny Brown/ DJ Barely Legal/ Dollop feat. Lxury/ Dusky/ East India Youth/ Éclair FiFi/ Erol Alkan b2b Daniel Avery/ Evian Christ (DJ)/ Eyedress/ Fat White Family/ FunkinEven (live)/ George Fitzgerald/ Gerd Janson/ Ghostpoet/ Huw Stephen/ Innervisions: Dixon b2b Ame/ Jaakko Eino Kalevi/ Jackmaster & Oneman present Can U Dance/ Jagwar Ma/ James Holden (live)/ Jamie Isaac/ Jamie xx/ Jen Long DJ/ Jessy Lanza/ John Wizards/ Jon Hopkins/ Lunice/ Marc Riley DJ/ Money/ Moxie/ Neneh Cherry & RocketNumberNine/ Noisey DJs/ Omar Souleyman/ Oneohtrix Point Never/ Only Real/ Pawws/ Orlando Boom/ Phil Taggart DJ/ ReviveHER/ Ryan Hemsworth/ SBTRKT/ Sky Ferreira/ Seun Kuti & Fela's Egypt 80/ Slackk b2b Samename/ Simian Mobile Disco (exclusive new live show)/ SOHN/ Sophie/ Teleman/ Thurston Moore/ Tim Burgess (DJ)/ Todd Terje (live)/ Tourist/ Vessel/ Warpaint/ Woman’s Hour + more tba


PIXIES (only London show in 2014)/ The Horrors/ Temples/ POND/ The Wytches/ Future Islands/ Drenge/ Telegram/ Childhood/ The Bohicas/ Shy Nature/ Lovepark/ Tomas Barfod/ Nguzunguzu/ Louis Baker/ patten (DJ)/ Mickey Lightfoot/ Panes

 + more tba!

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