The relocation of Field Day from East London’s Victoria Park to South London’s Brockwell Park for this year’s 11th edition hasn’t been without its problems.
Since Victoria Park has been monopolised for mega-promoter AEG’s All Points East series, featuring headline sets from the likes of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The xx, and Bjork, Field Day has been forced to expand into a two day event in an area half the size.
The relocation has sparked protests from locals concerned about damage to the park’s ecosystem, as well as the dangers of overcrowding. The opposition reached such a pitch that in April Lambeth Council decided to review its policy to allow the festival to go ahead and for a moment it seemed the two-day event, headlined by Thundercat and Erykah Badu, might be cancelled.
Yet, the festival organisers won out and this weekend Brockwell Park hosted thousands of sun-baked revellers, prompting a severely disrupted set from Four Tet due to overcrowding, Erykah Badu being cut off for playing past curfew, and a bevy of some of London’s finest new jazz talent.
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[This piece was published on 04/06/18]