Photo of Field Day 2008 by Martin Deutsch
You could sum up last year's Field Day in a few words: Long queues. Damp. Stellar line up.
And that’s the thing. It’s always been easy to knock the hit and miss organisation of this Victoria Park festival, but Field Day has a track record of delivering where it really matters: the music.
This year is shaping up nicely. Turn up on 1 August and you’ll find five stages packed with a ear-pleasing blend of established talent and fresh acts from the alternative-indie-electro world.
But as this isn’t a corporate monster of a festival, it’ll reward you in unexpected ways when you explore the other stages. We’re temped by the likes of Micachu and the Shapes, Canadian collective Woodpigeon and Apes and Androids. Sleepy from drinking in the sun? The laid back sounds of James Yorkston should be just the ticket.
Music aside, there’ll be lots of other stuff to keep you busy. Onion peeling and pea shelling competitions are just a couple of the more offbeat activities promised.
In fact, it does sound like there’s some bizarre It’s a Knockout spin-off lurking within Field Day’s self-proclaimed “village mentality”. This kind of enforced quirkiness can sometimes backfire, but we’re willing to overlook a certain amount of kraziness as there'll be a coconut shy and crockery smashing stall too.
Logistics-wise, we think the organisers deserve another chance. While 2008 wasn’t ideal, it was a considerable improvement on 2007's disaster, so there's every sign that things are moving in the right direction.
Field Day happens on 1 August in Victoria Park and tickets are available online for about £30 plus the inevitable booking fees. Or if you’re looking for an excuse to stop by Rough Trade East, you can pick tickets up in person there.