Field Day 2018: Charlotte Gainsbourg and Oumou Sangare

I’ve always had a soft spot for Field Day festival: its curators have form in enticing lesser-seen artists onto their festival stages, such as Mazzy Star’s memorable set in 2012. Field Day’s move this year from Victoria Park to the considerably smaller Brockwell Park has not been without its issues – from pre-event concerns from…

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The best of festivals for 2017

Rejoice – festival season is just around the corner. So what’s in store for 2017?  There’s definitely a trend towards offering debates, talks and workshops. And kids are well catered for with high quality and original learning activities, take Bluedot’s Planetarium and Bearded Theory’s OFSTED approved school. But hey, let’s not get too serious about it all. Festivals primarily…

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Field Day festival 2016

I was tempted to call this piece “A Tale of Two Festivals”. Saturday at Field Day 2016 was primarily geared towards a mid-twenties crowd, with plenty of dance music and DJs on offer. The centre of the site featured the festival’s delightful Village Mentality area where games and general silliness were in full flow on the ‘village green’, complete with hay…

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Green and pleasant: the ultimate festival guide 2016

If you’re a festival fan, by now you’re dreaming of a green field, banners waving in the breeze, the sound of a band on the main stage… yes, festival season is nearly upon us again, and here is my Ultimate Festival Guide. Most have been personally tried and tested, some on a yearly basis – plus there’s…

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Review: Field Day, Victoria Park 2012

I’ve been to a number of Wireless and assorted day festivals in Hyde Park but generally not been won over. Prefer to wander around the arena knowing my tent, a cup of tea and a snooze on a musty sleeping bag are only a stroll away. But Field Day in east London’s Victoria Park was a…

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Mazzy Star ate my ears

The elusive Mazzy Star has a new album release mid 2012, so the band are now out on the road, yay! The band played at Field Day festival, at the same time as headliners Franz Ferdinand on the Eat Your Own Ears main stage. Mazzy played at the Village Mentality tent, and the awaiting crowd and sense…

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