As one-day music festivals go, London's Field Day stands out from the crowd as being the most ambitious and forward-thinking certainly in terms of its booking policy. Concentrating on the more hip end of the spectrum along with legendary artists of yore, the Eat Your Own Ears curated event has hosted the likes of Wild Beasts, Laura Marling, Foals, The Horrors and Bat For Lashes at very early stages in their artistic development since its inaugural bash in 2007. Situated in Victoria Park just a stones throw away from Mile End tube station in the capital's east side, this year has seen Field Day expand its number of stages to seven, with the Do You Come Here Often? and joint venture between the Lock Tavern and Shacklewell Arms each hosting line-ups for the first time.
Continue reading: Field Day, Victoria Park, London. 6th August 2011 Live Review
Say what you like about the number of UK festivals currently bombarding the summer calendar months but in terms of quality control, there's no doubt the majority of the more intimate gatherings have upped their game this year. Take Field Day for example, brought to you by the Eat Your Own Ears collective and previously seen as little more than an excuse for East London's trendsetters and fashion victims to converge in one place and be seen while a selection of hot new artists and DJs play shambolic sets on badly organised stages. Over the past few years, it's fair to say Field Day hasn't always received the most positive of write-ups from various segments of the media, and while the 2010 model isn't without its minor gripes - £5 just to obtain a copy of the stage times, the inevitable clashes between stages and £4 for a can of lukewarm lager or cider - it's a vast improvement on previous years, not least due to a fairly impressive line-up from start to finish.
Continue reading: Field Day, Victoria Park, London July 31st 2010 Live Review