Live Music Preview: Victoria Park Festivals

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Live Music Preview: Victoria Park Festivals

Field Day 2009
Field Day 2009 by suburbanslice in the Londonist Flickr pool

If you have a dislike of loud, live music and happen to live within earshot of Victoria Park, it'd probably be an idea to get well away from the area come late July. Because while the East End green space is no stranger to gigs and festivals, this year it looks set to become a bit of a hub for outdoor events.Where do we start? Well, aside from the well-established Lovebox (now big enough to rival Wireless, we think) and Tiësto's return for a second year, there's pretty much a festival for everyone:High VoltageClassic rock is the name of the game here. With a headline performance from ZZ Top plus appearances from Foreigner and Marillion, this two-day festival should be fun, if not quite up-to-the-minute. Besides, if ageing rockers outnumber hipsters for just one day of the year in this part of London, that must be a victory for, well, something or other. High Voltage takes place on 24 and 25 July.Field DayThis one-day indie-alternative festival always seems to deliver a killer line up. And from what we hear, they sorted out the organisational hiccups last year too. Combining some great new bands with more-established headliners, plus a rather self-consciously quirky "village mentality", it's a bit of a bargain at under £35 a ticket. Big hitters this year include French alt-rockers Phoenix, but keep an ear out for Freelance Whales, Chapel Club and These New Puritans among others too. Field Day takes place on 31 July.L.E.D FestivalThe all-new London Electronic Dance Festival promises to deliver exactly what it says on the synth-driven, bass-heavy tin. With appearances from the likes of French DJ David Guetta, Soulwax, Leftfield and Friendly Fires, these two days at the start of the August Bank Holiday weekend could be the perfect way to bring the summer to a close. As long as you like electronic dancey stuff, obviously. L.E.D Festival happens on 27 and 28 August.

Last Updated 28 April 2010