With a roster of world-class internationals acts on the lineup over this two-day event in Brixton, featuring the likes of Erykah Badu, Four Tet, Thundercat and many more, the boutique festival of Field Day has grown since it’s 2007 inception to become one of the most popular alternative occasions across the country. To help you prepare for this incredible weekend, take a look at the acts that have us excited in the Ticket Arena office, as we’ve gathered a list of a selection on the bill worth watching.
After graduating with a qualification in vocal jazz, you can only imagine the smooth, dulcet tones that Nao has on offer. With collaborations with the likes of Kwabs and Jarvis Cocker in her back-catalogue as well as her choice to go it alone and set up her own record label, Little Tokyo, for the release of her first two independent EPs, NAO is an enigma in the worlds of funk and jazz. With a number of writing credits that include the likes of Disclosure and Stormzy, Nao’s songwriting can be held up against her vocal talent as the two are paralleled in being top tier.
The NME award-winning hip hop talent of Loyle Carner from Lambeth, South London has been drawing the attention of fans and industry professionals alike with his honest lyrics and eloquent vocal delivery. His debut album titled Yesterday’s Gone, is a collection of tracks that includes "The Isle of Arran" and "Ain’t Nothing Changed", and was nominated for Album Of the Year in 2017 at the Mercury Prize awards, rightfully so, as his distinct lo-fi combination of spoken-word rhythmic lyricisms and scattered jazz undertones is an unrivalled sound. With recent collaborations including the likes of Tom Misch, we definitely recommend checking out this artist if you are wondering who to see on the Friday at Field Day.
When we heard that music legend Erykah Badu would be headlining Field Day, we knew the anticipation was going to be huge on this one. A woman not needing much of an introduction, as a pioneer of early R&B, Badu’s sound is still widely regarded as one of the most unique in hip hop, paired with the complete spontaneity of her delivery and the individualism of her fashion. With featured singer appearances between 2011-2013 on music for the likes of Flying Lotus and Bonobo, Badu has made her name the talk of the scene again with a fresh perspective since the days of her classic 90s R&B sound. Catching the music icon in London for one evening, is a rare opportunity, so you don’t want to miss this one.
From Hamburg, Germany, Nils Frahm learnt to play the piano from an early age during his childhood, honing his skills on the instrument through classical pieces that would later play part as influences in his contemporary and original work. Following on from some extensive contributions to some beautiful film soundtracks, having composed the original score in 2015 for the German film ‘Victoria’, the creative mastermind claims a long list of upcoming dates across Europe this summer, with his Field Day performance being the last opportunity to catch him in the UK this year.
Princess Nokia, aka Destiny Frasqueri, is a New York rapper with an edgy American hip hop sound that sets herself up for being a true music icon for the young people of today. Alongside being a strong advocate for women’s rights, Frasqueri’s rawness through her lyrics are a true reflection of the next generation and their everyday issues. After signing to Rough Trade Records, this later led to the release of 1992 Deluxe, an album that features her contagious anthem "Tomboy". Making festival and club appearances across the US, Europe and Asia, Princess Nokia is worth catching while she’s in London.
Field Day will take place at Brockwell Park, London between Friday 1st - Saturday 2nd June.
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