The consensus, as we walked home from Field Day 2017, was that it was probably our favourite yet – everything just seemed to come together perfectly and the addition of The Barn lent the weekend a shiny new and exciting feel. This year we’re not going to be able to walk home, because Brockwell Park’s a bit of a schlep on foot – but people in south London actually can walk home, and we can get there in about 35 minutes anyway. To be honest, location is the only change we’re really expecting from last year because Field Day have responded to a venue switch and ramped-up competition by playing to their unique strengths and putting together a lineup which is pretty much all we could hope for. And, yes, The Barn’s back. Obviously we’re all excited for the likes of Four Tet, Daniel Avery, Earl Sweatshirt, Loyle Carner and Erykah Badu, but here our Festival Editor, Katie Thomas, delves a little deeper to find some treasures on the lineup you may know less well.
IAMDDB – SHADE
The 22-year-old rising star from Manchester is making waves with her self-coined “urban jazz” sound. One of BBC’s Sound of 2018, IAMDDB’s music marries hip hop, r&b, jazz and soul. Her unapologetically sassy track ‘Shade’ has racked up a whopping six million plays on Spotify. That “uber, uber everywhere” refrain is rife across the capital.
AVALON EMERSON – ONE MORE FLUORESCENT RUSH
With an innate ability to blend the ethereal with the mechanical and the psychedelic with the functional, Whities affiliate Avalon Emerson is a spellbinding artist to watch. Her DJ sets – often peppered with her own productions – are colourful, adventurous and fast paced. Expect twinkling synths, moving melodies and industrial drums.
YOUNG MARCO – TRIPPY ISOLATOR
After honing his craft for over a decade in Amsterdam’s underground scene, Young Marco is now enjoying the appreciation he deserves across the globe. Deservedly earning a reputation as one of dance music’s most respected selectors, expect a genre-defying performance filled with cuts as weird as they are wonderful.
OBJEKT B2B BATU – THEME FROM Q
Both artists who are redefining the boundaries of techno, Objekt and Batu will play b2b on the Saturday. Riding the wave of one of the undisputed tracks of 2017 – ‘Theme from Q’ – Objekt’s selections are “adventures in machine music built to make subs rattle and feet wiggle”. Bristol based Timedance head honcho and purveyor of fractured rhythms plays with him and we cannot wait.
MOSES SUMNEY – LONELY WORLD
Last but definitely not least, intimate soul comes to the fore in the name of the syrupy vocals of singer-songwriter Moses Sumney. Embracing feelings of loneliness in his debut full length Aromanticism that came out towards the end of 2017, his music wraps you up in floating falsetto, soaring strings and ambient production.
Field Day takes place June 1st and 2nd in Brockwell Park, SW2 1QE.
Ticket info: fielddayfestivals.com/tickets