Field Day - A Ten Year Retrospective

This morning Field Day announced its first wave of artists for next year’s two day summer stint in East London’s Victoria Park. But this year is more special than usual as Field Day turns ten.

Those who’ve been attending the festival for the last few years will have seen it grow through small stages and toilet queues to a behemoth of an event with slick production, sold out crowds, and stories that’ll be told for years.

Even from day one they nailed it. Check out the video below from the first ever Field Day featuring a super young Foals and Four Tet, plus Caribou playing with full band. Then scroll down to relive some of the more dazzling bookings from over their ten year history.

^ it’s all about 12”30


It’s nine years on, but Field Day’s first line up still feels just as relevant. Florence And The Machine, Four Tet, Foals, Battles, Caribou, Mystery Jets, Laura Marling, Matthew Dear. Yeah. I wish I’d been there too.


One year in and expanding over five stages, they showcased newer acts from The Mae Shi to Wild Beasts, DJs including Brodinski and Richie Hawtin, and welcomed back Foals and Laura Marling.


Skip forward two years and Field Day expanded to six stages and was ‘twinned’ with Øya in Oslo. The line up also expanded with Caribou, Phoenix, and The Fall on the main stage, Chilly Gonzales and Fake Blood on the Bugged Out! Stage, and Factory Floor on the XOYO Stage.


The year Field Day moved to June due to the Olympics. Yeah, it was a strange year for us all, but the line up was a familiar and comforting list taking in Metronomy, Hudson Mohawke, Grimes, Kindness, The Vaccines, Jessie Ware, and Savages as a last minute addition opening the main stage.


Field Day decided to stick with their earlier calendar date moving to the bank holiday weekend in May and bringing us stunning sets from Animal Collective, Solange and Four Tet on the main stage. Disclosure, Julio Bashmore and Daphni smashed the Bugged Out! stage, while Fucked Up crammed out the Shacklewell Arms tent.


This was the first year Field Day moved to two days following on from previous years that had seen it flanked by Underage Festival and Applecart. Metronomy headlined the Saturday while the Pixies took top billing on the Sunday. The rest of the line up reads like the contents of your headphones from Future Islands to Jamie xx to Fat White Family.


Last year’s Field Day was perfect. Caribou on Saturday night, Ride and Patti Smith on Sunday. Beaming sunshine, a euphoric atmosphere, and newer acts like Shura and Jack Garratt rubbing names with Mac DeMarco and SOPHIE.

If like me, you’ve been able to map out your past decade by the Field Day lineups - the flat you lived in, who you were dating, which bus you took to Vicky Park and what afterparty you ended up at, then you know what to do.

And if you’ve never been to Field Day before, then stop missing out and grab an early bird ticket for 2016.