Field Day will return to Victoria Park in London and with it, a sense of normality
Although the arrival of a successful coronavirus vaccine will shift us ever-closer to some sense of normality, the real light at the end of the tunnel for me has been the announcement that a few festivals will take place this Summer in Europe. With SXSW postponed, Glastonbury pushed back, Coachella canceled and Lollapalooza in the “maybe” column, it started to look like another year without dancing in a field. And lets be honest: we all need a bit of live music in the open air more than ever now.
Enter: Field Day — one of London’s best loved festivals. Earlier this month, the organizers of Field Day announced that the festival will return to East London this summer on August 29th.
Over the past 14 years, Field Day has hosted some of the world’s most iconic artists alongside some of the very best up-and-coming talent. The lineup has always covered a wide range of genres from Aphex Twin, Bonobo, and PJ Harvey to Skepta, Erykah Badu, Loyle Carner. Field Day also belongs to that small subset of music events that pioneered the idea of a festival in the heart of a major city. The idea that local Londoners could go watch some amazing music in a London park and then stumble home to your own bed… was revolutionary.
In 2018, Field Day moved to a new field in South London (Brockwell Park). Then it pioneered a new location in a massive hanger at The Drumsheds in 2019. This summer will see the festival return to its original field in Victoria Park, East London.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be bringing Field Day back to its spiritual home of Victoria Park, where it all started 14 years ago,” admits Field Day co-owner Gareth Cooper. “We are going to deliver the best day out of the summer, in one of London’s best parks, with an amazing crowd, a top top music line-up led from the front by the brilliant Bicep. It’s gonna be ace.”
It just makes you want to fist-pump.
Totally agree with you Gareth. And for me, Field Day’s move back to its spiritual home also gives us a sense of nostalgia and normality. I know social distancing and PPE might be with us for a bit longer, but the idea that Field Day is back on in Victoria Park feels…. well normal.
This year’s Field Day line up however, is anything but normal. The carefully crafted lineup showcases some of the biggest names in electronic music. Bicep, Floating Points, Jungle, Mount Kimbie, Ross From Friends and Overmono top the headlines. The night will also feature some of the industry’s best selectors with DJ sets from The Blessed Madonna, Josey Rebelle, DJ Seinfeld, Special Request, Mall Grab, Artwork and many more.
General Admission for Field Day has sold out, but there are still VIP and Early Bird tickets available on the Field Day website.
Field Day 2021 Playlist: