Every year, you know the weather's going to be a bit crud in Viccy Park, you're struggling to find phone signal within the reception blackhole that is E3 in the wind and the rain because you've lost everyone after going for a piss, and yet we always go back for more. If like us you'll be dealing with these great outdoors experiences once again, at least attempt some of the rich musical gifts on offer instead of weeping into your Magners. Here's our Top Ten of FIELD DAY:
Set to give a performance to blow away all these young 'uns on the line-up, the legendary Mumbai musician best known for his 1982 release 'Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat' is our biggest highlight to catch. Having been hailed as a pioneer of acid house upon his recent 're-discovery', he has always stood out amongst his fellows when composing and performing for the soundtracks to Hindi films in the 1960s - 70s.
Our second highlight is another 70s legend Mulatu Astatke. The Ethiopian jazz musician who also performs as 'Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics' has long been cited as a huge influence on several musicians today, having been heavily sampled in the likes of SECT's Man of Wisdom, and has given talks on Red Bull Music Academy as well as performing at The Barbican.
On a more experimental and techno tip, the lucky lot at BleeD have got the likes of PAN's Lee Gamble, Shed, Karenn (Blawan and Pariah), and Berlin's Objekt - all well worth blowing your ears off. Although the disconcordant setting of a tent in a field might not do their dark and abrasive techno full justice, this will still be one of the most interesting of stages musically speaking.
Fresh off their collabo on 'On Your Side', the New York vocalist/musician on Tri Angle and Canadian LuckyMe/Night Slugs producer and Vase labelhead will both be playing highly-anticipated sets at Field Day on the BleeD/Lanzarote and Bugged Out stages respectively.
If you missed Bey's li'l sis earlier this year at XOYO, now's the time to catch her live once again in East London. Ahh we can hear the off-key union of voices in the premature Red Stripe-fuelled crowd singing along to Losing You now...
The R&S dreamboats will be performing their wispy concoctions of indie pop electronica on the Shacklewell Arms stage - watching out for hits like California Analog Dream as remixed by the likes of Factory Floor.
7. Field Day Regulars
There's a reason they're there every year - Four Tet will be back at FD with Daphni, following their split EP made up of his Pinnacles track and Caribou aka the latter's Ye Ye. Plus you can enjoy HudMo & Lunice's lairy bangers as TNGHT, Julio Bashmore, Pictures' Koreless, TOY, and the-artist-now-known-as Daniel Avery.
8. RBMA Stage
R&S' Egyptian Hip Hop will be joined by the likes of Throwing Snow, Planet Mu's Rudi Zygadlo, the young rapstress Rainy Milo, and the aforementioed Koreless at Red Bull Music Academy's perfectly curated as ever line-up.
9. King Krule
Formerly known as Zoo Kid, the young Brit School graduate sometimes plays music under the strong moniker as clever as his music, DJ JD Sports. Although ginger kids allegedly have no soul, his live performances channelling jazz vibes definitely do. Here's him playing 'Out Getting Ribs' for a taster:
And last but not least, make sure to catch our previous feature stars Savages as they blow everyone away with their fearsome post-punk flurry.
Field Day, Victoria Park, London - Saturday 25th May 2013. Tickets here.
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