Field Day 2018 – Our Line-Up Selects

Photo Credit – Max Miechowski

Whether you’re an ex-punk looking to sit back and check out some fresh live bands or a gaggle of glitter soaked UAL girls in Hilfiger vintage going wherever the fun and snapchat moments are, Field Day accommodates. The organisers have crafted a place where the finest of every pleasure is catered for under the beaming London sun. For this writer, this meant demolishing some Venezuelan street food after getting too blasted on top notch beer from Beavertown in an effort to sober up for an evening of electronic madness with Nicolas Jaar and Nina Kraviz. What more could a man need?

Although this year marks the first away from East London, we were very happy with the announcement of the festival’s new home in Brockwell Park which has hosted a bunch of other brilliant festivals over the past few years. 2018 also sees the return of the steel laser-cathedral affectionately known as “The Barn” that hosted the life-changing headline set by Aphex Twin last summer.

What has consistently kept Field Day above the rest is their exceptional programming, spanning a whole spectrum of sounds, from the biggest artists in the game to the cutting edges of the UK underground and beyond. Here’s our essential picks for this June’s big party in the park.

DJ Seinfeld/Ross From Friends/DJ Boring
2017 was the year lo-fi house blew up in the blogosphere. Field Day, ever with its ear to the underground, has decided to bring together an A-star team of the originators behind the sensation birthed from YouTube hit phenomenon like the hazy melancholy of DJ Boring’s “Winona”. These Lo-Fi vibes will be prime for the coming sticky summer days.

This Manchester rap queen has us all sing “I-AM-D-D-BEE” in 2017. Her infectious skippy lyrical hooks about “the sauce” are sung with a soulful vocal prowess that’s sweeter than molasses. If you don’t know her trap anthem “Shade” then get to know. This will be the jump-up-and-down singalong moment of the day.

Avalon Emerson
Avalon Emerson has been behind a slew of banging leftfield releases and technically mind-melting DJ sets – listen to the below to understand. Wonky, weird, raw. We can imagine her slaying the Barn with the lazers turned up to 11. Here’s hoping.

Nils Frahm
Frahm’s gift for fusing classical analog styles with contemporary electronic sounds has earned him prodigal status in the eyes of his fans. After a year-long hiatus, the pianist, composer and producer has finally returned, blessing his followers with a new album – All Melody. We caught his recent show at the Barbican and he took us to the stratosphere, using his mind boggling array of synths, pianos and organs. We can’t wait to see how it translates to the festival setting.

Erykah Badu
No explanation needed. The queen of soulful hip-hop, a sunny South London field, a well made cold drink in hand and a farmers tan on our forearms. Field Day you spoil us.

Words by David March

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