Preview: Field Day 2012

Celebrating its sixth anniversary, Field Day Festival continues to live up to its reputation for showcasing established talent alongside up and coming artists. Over the years, we’ve flocked to the quiet leafy park in East London to soak up the burgeoning summer rays and fresh big sounds that the collective of creatives have collated for our aural pleasure, thanks mainly to Marcus Weedon and Tom Baker of ‘Eat Your Own Ears’ who first created Field Day.

Since 2007, this growing festival has brought us names like Bat For Lashes, Santigold and Florence & The Machine. So what can we expect to see this year? Headlining the festival are Scottish rock lads, Franz Ferdinand and, making a rare appearance, will be the dreamy Santa Monica duo Mazzy Star.

Filling out the line up, you can expect to see Afro-Latin group ‘Afrocubism’, crossover performance artist, Grimes, ethereal multi-instrumentalist, Andrew Bird and the local ‘Bugged Out’ and ‘Durrr’ regular Daniel Avery aka ‘Stopmakingme,’ just to name a few. The full line up so far can be found HERE

Amongst the rockers and folk groups, you’ll find a plethora of Dj’s that will keep you gurning all weekend with a non-stop attack of electro and sweet beats. Then, when you’re ready to chill out, simply head over to the “Village Mentality”. The “Village” is an interesting mix of campground and carny-land. You can compete in an Egg and Silver Spoon race, take on Tea-Bag Tossing and there’s even a ‘Royal Duck Shoot’ that states an obligatory Tweed jacket as part of its entry rules.

The Field Day Festival is set up for die-hard music fans but is also accommodating to those who have no knowledge of music. If you’re not into a certain band or music style, then you have the luxury of cruising the veritable feast of food stalls, playing bizarre Jubilee themed games, chilling out in the Laneway or simply enjoying the lush, greeny goodness of Victoria Park on a beautiful summer’s day.

Words: Brent Randall