Let me back up! Field Day has now held its place firmly on the music-loving Londoner’s radar for 4 years. Slightly slow out of the blocks, we first got involved in 2008; a superbly messy affair. Our Field Days have been plagued by the weather that typifies Glastonbury, but also energised by the atmosphere that makes it. Perhaps 2010 is the year the drenched festival curse will be broken in Victoria Park too?
Field Day 2010 will mark our hat-trick, so it may come as no surprise that we thought we’d jump on the Field Day warm-up bandwagon and put out a little post for you all. As suspected, in writing this, one of the most exciting things about Field Day has been looking back. The promoters and programmers are like the Mystic Megs of modern music. Scrolling through the line-ups from 2007-2009, they read like the boards of a rather successful bookie:
2007 – Bat for Lashes, Florence and the Machine, Caribou, Filthy Dukes, Foals, Justice, Late of the Pier, Zombie Disco Squad.
2008 – Brodinski, Crookers, Magistrates, Simian Mobile Disco, White Lies, Wild Beasts.
2009 – Aeroplane, Big Pink, Delphic, Errors, Fake Blood, Mumford & Sons, Santigold, The Temper Trap, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.
At the time, it was all those people you’d never stumbled across before. Or, that you only had a sort of an inkling you might like. Then, maybe like us, you just had a little wander over, just to see what the blogosphere fuss was really about and all of a sudden you were a fan!
The 2010 spectacle is already complemented by the more ‘commercial’ resurgence in Electronic music. Upward climbing artists, perhaps most notably, names like Egyptian Hip Hop, Gold Panda, Hudson Mohawke, Memory Tapes, Mount Kimbie, Pantha Du Prince, Phoenix and Tensnake stand side by side as equals with their lesser known counterparts, and long-established champions of emerging music (Andrew Weatherall, Erol Alkan, Kieran Hebden, James Holden…). The range of stages caters for every fan, from the Small Disco drinkers of the Lock Tavern to the all-night ravers of the city’s disused east-end Car Parks and Karate Clubs. This, in turn, draws a crowd of hungry young trend setters eager to get a taste of the future legends of our generation.
So, in appreciation of the event’s keen eye for the charts of new and their sure fire tip-offs for the future, we have put together 2 little Zip packages for our Friday-weekly Woody’s Roundup. Links and track lists are below, plus a couple of our favourite mixes from the vaults for good measure. We hope you like it. It should provide some stereo fodder for the prelude, the after party and the recovery should you so require…
See you tomorrow.
Florence and the Machine – Drumming Song (Boy8bit mix)
Foals - Olympic Airways (Disjokke remix)
Justice – DANCE (Alan Braxe & Fred Falke mix)
Late of the Pier – Bathroom Gurgle (Tronik Youth mix)
Zombie Disco Squad - Esperanto
Aeroplane – Whispers (Love Affair mix)
Fake Blood – Mars