Critic Amar Desai gives his take on a slice of the action at this year's ValefestWritten by Music on 30th June 2015
Field Day (JUN 2)
If you’re too poor to go abroad, or spend on average £300 on a weekend bathing in mud, then head to east London
If you’re too poor to go abroad, or spend on average £300 on a weekend bathing in mud, then head to east London. Seriously. Field Day is the big brother of the hugely popular Underage Festival, sporting a chocked one-day line up that for a meagre £45 has one of the best condensed line ups Britain will see this summer.
Think of Field Day as an after exam treat. Nicely timed for the 2nd of June, having revision to do is a poor/completely invalid excuse for missing out on Victoria Park’s finest selection of electronic, house, dubstep and the tiniest smidgen of indie. 2012 is the festival's fifth birthday, and to celebrate, curators have got an impressive selection of bands, DJs and artists on the bill. The line up includes Scotch big hitters Franz Ferdinand, Brooklyn hype machine favourites Friends and producer of ‘an explosion of technicolour post R’n'B’, Hudson Mohawke. Other acts to definitely catch will be house master Julio Bashmore, house mistress Maya Jane Coles and jangle noise pop duo, Sleigh Bells.
Amongst the fantastic transatlantic line up there are some worthwhile home grown acts worth catching too. The Vaccines, who are selling out venues over the country for the price of a Field Day ticket alone are on, as are SBTRKT and the highly recommended live Metronomy. The selection of acts alone is so vast for such a compact festival, and for less than 50 pounds it’d be rude not to indulge in a post exam shake down.
Field Day has sold out every year since its creation, and with a line up as eclectic as this, the chances it will again are high.
Victoria Park, where the festival is held is far prettier than Selly Park, so see the day as a chance to picnic, get out and see a different part of the capital and enjoy some of the freshest talent around. Starting early and finishing late, Field Day is an all day party that doesn’t involve retreating back to a tarpaulin cave at the end of the day.
Train or bus tickets to London and back from New Street are less than a tenner if you book in advance. So get booking, sharpish.
Tickets can be booked here.