Things to do in London

Field Day festival returns to Victoria Park over Jubilee weekend

17:57 24 May 2012

Last year

Last year's Field Day. Photo by Errol Rainey

Archant

As the capital is finally hit with a well-overdue blast of decent weather, many are succumbing to the vice-like grip of festival fever.

If you’re one of those already itching for some outdoor musical shenanigans, fear not, because one of the highlights of the summer is just around the corner.

The eclectic one-day party that is Field Day returns for its sixth year to Victoria Park next Saturday, June 2 – offering all the festival fun without the camping and unwashed crowds.

It will kick-start a monstrous four-day bank holiday weekend, so it’s more than likely festival-goers will be swept up in a mega-strength Jubilee-powered tidal wave of good vibes.

And the line-up doesn’t look too shabby either, featuring Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand, US post-rockers Tortoise and electro-pop maestros Metronomy to name just a few.

The man behind the festival, Tom Baker, 35, head honcho at promoters Eat Your Own Ears, said: “I’m really excited about the line-up, some of the artists we have been trying to book for many years, like R. Stevie Moore, Liars, Beirut. We ask Franz every year and they’ve never been around.”

He added: “Field Day a place to see your favourite artists and discover new and exciting bands. It’s somewhere for music fans to fun around and see as much great music as they can.”

The festival has grown out of small beginnings, from an event staged in a Shoreditch car park, into a relative monster that accommodates 30,000.

“It started as a free event in the car park of the Griffin pub,” Tom said. “There was a great atmosphere and a real mixture of different artists.

“I thought why don’t we do this on a bigger scale, so we started approaching parks and Victoria Park was available. That’s how it came about, and we grew it from there.

“It’s gone from 5,000 to 30,000 people, but we don’t want to go beyond that. It’s big enough – we just want to make it the best event it can be.”

Other acts gracing the various tents and stages will include Errors, Fennesz, Modeselektor, Afrocubism, Hudson Mohawke and many more. There will also be the return of Field Day’s trademark Village Green, hosting “classic” fete games such as Blindfold Sweetcorn Husking Championship, Scone Throwing, Vegetable Discus and Human Wheelbarrow.

* For more info visit www.fielddayfestivals.com/field-dayapple-cart-rough-guide-to-victoria-park

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

The dullest of dull affairs, but Manchester City showed they’re still in the title fight.

Read more

It’s not just about new apps this week, some of the biggest have had updates that are worth your time.

Read more

Promoted content

Valentine's Day Afternoon Tea

London Hilton on Park Lane is inviting couples to celebrate this Valentines Day over a deliciously romantic afternoon tea at Podium Restaurant and Bar. Taking inspiration from the highly popular Confessions of a Chocoholic Afternoon Tea, London Hilton on Park Lane presents the ultimate romantic afternoon out with its Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea.

Established in 1987, Tucci is one of the North's premier stores for branded clothing, footwear and accessories.

Save up to 70% on designer brands for Men and Women, including G-Star, Diesel, French Connection, Firetrap and many more….our sale is now on.

Nothing says

iWOOT has a great selection of quirky Valentine’s Day gifts for every possible person and partner.

Top Stories

Quizzes

How well do you really know the Tube map?

Everybody thinks they know the Tube map but do you really?

Read more
[Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images]

It’s time to test your knowledge on the two London institutions: the Underground, and the boozer.

Read more
Adrian Chiles is no longer ITV's main man... so why not test your knowledge of some of his (and others') greatest gaffes? (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

With news of presenter Adrian Chiles’ sacking by ITV, it’s a good time to remember some of the most memorable punditry blunders.

Read more