The return of Savages! And a host of wild cards at the London festival this weekend – don't miss A .G. Cook, MSSINGNO or Tei Shi either
Field Day comes to London’s Victoria Park this weekend, and with it the prospect of FKA twigs voguing in all her splendour. But if you caught her last time, and the thought of Patti Smith saddling up for a full run-through of her classic Horses LP somehow doesn’t do it for you, there are plenty of other ways to have fun at the two-day festival – the trick is in knowing in where to look. Let us guide you through the ten acts that should definitely be on your hit-list along with those at the top of the bill.
TEI SHI (13:00 SATURDAY @ SHACKLEWELL ARMS & 15:00 SATURDAY @ JUNGLE PRESENTS... BANDSTAND (DJ SET))
With a debut album due this year, rising Brooklyn-based vocalist Tei Shi (real name Valerie Teicher) is a name on everyone’s lips at the moment, especially ours. A breathy, bewitching blend of SZA’s future R&B sounds and The Knife’s neophyte pop, breakout hit “Bassically” will have savvy festivalgoers flocking to see her come Saturday.
JAGAARA (14:00 SATURDAY @ SHACKLEWELL ARMS)
North London trio Jagaara’s melodic vocals and intricate songcraft have seen them dubbed the British Haim, and a few spins of acclaimed early tracks “Heartbeats” and “Faultine” should clue you in as to why – they sound like Fleetwood Mac produced by Jamie xx on a fistful of Xanax. Catch them at the Shacklewell on Saturday: they’ll be gracing far bigger stages than this one before very long.
MSSINGNO (14:00 SATURDAY @ RESIDENT ADVISOR)
Grimey London producer MSSINGNO signed to Tri Angle Records following the success of his out-of-the-box, hard-hitting self-titled debut EP. FACT even made “XE2” – which samples R Kelly’s “I’m a Flirt” – their track of the year in 2013. He’s since toured with Kanye West’s go-to-producer Evian Christ and remixed Ariana Grande – get along early on Saturday for a glimpse of the 23-year-old in action.
CLARENCE CLARITY (14:55 SATURDAY @ EAT YOUR OWN EARS)
‘Oddball’ doesn’t even come close to describing singer and instrumentalist Clarence Clarity. With a maximalist pop style that’s equal parts Zappa and Prince, the likes of “Alive in the Septic Tank” and “Bucked Tooth Particle Smashes” offer no-holds-barred proof that there’s nothing on earth quite like the London songwriter just now. If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary to experience at Field Day this year, he’s your guy.
SOPHIE (15:00 SATURDAY @ RESIDENT ADVISOR)
Avant-pop savant SOPHIE’s set will be one of the weekend’s busiest, and with good reason – since reinventing the underground dance-scene wheel with 2013’s brilliantly bonkers “Bipp” and “Elle”, the producer has worked with Diplo and Madonna on “Bitch I’m Madonna”. If he deigns to drop one of his recently leaked Charli XCX collaborations, expect the whole place to go bananas.
KLAVES (18:00 SATURDAY @ RED STRIPE BANDSTAND)
Polish producer Klaves, known to his mates as Mikołaj Gramowski, creates soul-deep percussive house with clear jazz influences. His debut track, “People”, dropped on PMR imprint Beat Club last year, and he’s since hit the road with godlike genius of recherché house Nicolas Jaar. Sharing a label with Julio Bashmore, Jessie Ware and Disclosure, the 22-year-old’s Bugged-Out Weekender set was a major talking point.
A. G. COOK (18:40 SATURDAY @ i-D MIX)
PC Music has become a cultural movement over the past 12 months. Following a showcase at this year’s SXSW and an insane, roll-out-the-red carpet Pop Cube party in NYC, the London label and collective’s hyperreal influence has spread across the globe. Back on home turf for Field Day, founder A. G Cook’s set is bound to be a highlight full of sweet-toothed bangers like “Beautiful”, below.
JACK GARRATT (19:50 SATURDAY @ SHACKLEWELL ARMS)
Don't let the topknot put you off – Jack Garratt’s ambient songwriting recalls the state-of-the-art confessionals of Chet Faker or James Blake. A former finalist in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest (yes, that is a thing), the 23-year-old multi-instrumentalist is now signed with Island – check recent track “The Love You’re Given” for a handy primer in his spectral talent.
CASHMERE CAT (20:40 SATURDAY @ i-D MIX)
Cashmere Cat has got the cream of pop music clawing at his door just now. The Norwegian producer (real name Magnus August Høiberg) has made serious waves with this wildly exciting blend of trap and bedroom beats, attracting big-name collaborators in Ariana Grande, Charli XCX and even, via a production credit on the upcoming SWISH, Yeezus himself.
SAVAGES (20:00 SUNDAY @ SHACKLEWELL ARMS)
Savages lit a match under London’s increasingly toothless rock scene with Silence Yourself, a debut album that smouldered with a dark intensity to match their post-punk forebears. With a glare to freeze hearts at fifty paces, frontwoman Jehnny Beth is an unparalleled stage presence, and with any luck, they’ll use their Sunday evening slot to debut new material from their forthcoming second album. End your weekend with a bang, not a whimper.