Field Day Festival 2017 [Live Review]


In our late-capitalist condition, choice can become tyranny. Supermarket shopping turns out to be an anxiety-inducing exercise in self-discipline and Spotify algorithms leave you trawling through endless playlists searching for exactly the right song to fit the mood you’re in (which, in itself you can’t quite pin down). One annual event which displays this joyous excess and consequent frustration in equal measures is Field Day.

Now in its tenth year, the London day festival has garnered a reputation for building line-ups packed with so much talent that while being a music fan’s dream, it often turns into a clash-finding nightmare requiring a small army of production coordinators to navigate. Condensing their usual weekend line-up into a single day for the 2017 edition, this year’s Field Day seemed even more stuffed with must-see artists, including Aphex Twin whose headline set was his first UK performance in five years.

Strolling along a sun-speckled Regent’s Canal on the way to Victoria Park, you’d be hard pressed to find a more ideal setting for the day’s events. Beginning in the Resident Advisor tent, then, was Awful Records’ R&B songstress Abra. Accompanied by subtle electronics, she captivated the crowd with tracks taken from her standout 2015 debut album ‘Rose’, as well as from last year’s ‘Princess’ EP.

Read the rest of the review in Clash Magazine.

[This piece was published on 05/06/17]