Field Day in London’s Victoria Park will play host to a wealth of talent on the 11th and 12th of June, with a phenomenally well balanced lineup presenting some of the most gifted creative talents to perform in the capital this summer. Comprised of DJs, live shows and full band performances from a vast array of genres, the weekend will provide a host of recognisable names as well as plenty of artists that you might not yet be familiar with. Perhaps falling into the latter category but certainly not meant to stay there, here are five artists that you might want to squeeze into your schedule.
New York’s Empress Of is a specialist in the kind of high-altitude synthpop of peers like FKA and Grimes, armed with a similarly powerful and unwavering voice and a penchant for dance anthems with a heady and often unnerving twist. Potentially one of the most mesmerising acts on the bill, her striking performance will carry the same intensity that her latest album Me is so generously blessed with.
What more can be said about The Avalanches? A cult legacy born from their truly extraordinary approach to making music, The Avalanches are one of the most loved bands going with almost all who’ve heard of them, famed for their patchwork construction of hip hop and disco tapestries. Reuniting after far too long out of the game, they should be high on most Field Day visitors’ list of unmissables, but if you’ve listened to them before then you knew that already.
The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band
The guys behind Paradise Bangkok have been scouring the lands for lost Thai classics since 2009, reissuing the rewards of their quest on highly sought after 7 inches and running parties which emphasise the natural musical links between acts from all over the world. Composed from different musical scenes in Bangkok, the label’s representative band feature the riffs of traditional Thai folk instruments and the rhythms of funk and highlife inspired percussion; the result is a pretty spectacular and engaging style of music which offers a globalised take on the Molam sounds of centuries of Thai music.
With yearning vocal textures of Parenthetical Girls or Xiu Xiu in their most solitary moments, Youth Lagoon break through dreamy soundscapes in a drench of echos and reverb, dealing in the kind of pacified melancholy that so often becomes unexpectedly uplifting.
It would be improper not to take advantage of a voice as naturally pristine as Hattie Whitehead’s, and her jazz-touched folk is a fitting and beautiful tribute. Creating music that summons soft pastel colours behind the temples, the singer songwriter will carry a winter crispness and frosty clarity into the warmth of a summer afternoon at Field Day.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Empress Of