The unofficial kick off to the London festival season is almost here. Now in its 10th year, Field Day has always boasted an impressive, eclectic lineup, and this year’s certainly no slouch. Field Day 2016 takes place at Victoria Park, London (E3) June 11th-12th. Full lineup and tickets available here. Below are AMBY‘s top 5 must see acts at this years edition;
Following on from the Americana romance of 2012’s ‘Radlands’, their most recent offering ‘Curve of the Earth’ proves one thing without question – the infectious lyricism and musicianship of Blaine Harrison and Co is now officially undeniable. If you’re in the mood for a late afternoon sing-a-long with 30,000 people and a whole lot of feels – you’re probably not going to want to miss this one.
The NYC rockers seem to have done something that eludes most every other band out there today. They’re five albums in …and they just get better and better. Since bursting onto the scene in 2011, they’ve grown in confidence – yet somehow retained the playful nonschalance that was always so endearing about them.
Toronto based Metz are one of those bands that only want to do one thing. Play. Commercial success doesn’t even come into it for them. You can hear it in every record they put out. You can see it in every one of their live shows. It’s raw, unbridled, uncompromising …and it’s going to be absolutely awesome.
Just in time for the release of only his third studio album, Mercury Prize winner James Blake headlines Day 1 at Field Day. It’s rare for a male solo artist to develop an electronic sound so powerful and soulful, yet so detailed and intricate. If last years late night Primavera performance is anything to go by – this one’s going to be pretty special.
There are a few artists in this world we’re very lucky to have. David Bowie was one of them. Miss Polly Jean Harvey is another. They imagine, they create, they invent, they move things forward. Listening to a new PJ Harvey record is like an adventure, and her latest effort ‘The Hope Six Demolition Project’ is suitably epic in its boldness.
Okay, so we said top 5 must see acts…but there’s so much more on offer this Field Day weekend; Make sure to also check out AIR, The Avalanches, Beach House, Blossoms, Deerhunter, DIIV, Dilly Dally, Fat White Family, Four Tet… honestly, the list goes on and on.
Just see everything. It’s all good.
Piece by Andy Sawyer | @andysawyerphoto