Preview: Field Day Festival @ Victoria Park (London, 11th & 12th June 2016)


Since 2007 Field Day is a synonym of Summer.

The weather could still be dreadful, rain pouring down and you could even freeze to the bones, but no matter what the temperature is, Field Day weekend brings the first spell of summer to London. The two-day event is one of the most exciting music happenings of the British Capital and urges its crowd to pull out their t-shits, bermudas and flip-flops and enjoy the soft lawn of Victoria Park.

This year, the Festival will be even more intriguing, thanks to an all-embracing line-up. If you were used to indie bands, alt-rock artists and hyped electro acts, you’ll slightly change your perspective. Because the 2016 edition, next to hosting pop, rock and electronic music personalities like PJ Harvey, James Blake, Air and Four Tet will also carry out some inspired intrusion in the world music scene.

In fact, on Saturday, the stages scattered around the East London green will guest the multifaceted and unpredictable sound of the New York based band Yeasayer. Then, they’ll present a tribute to the the influential and creative funky of Doug Hream Blunt, unorthodox trio formed by Scottish folk singer-songwriter James Yorkston, Lamb double-bassist player John Thorne and Indian sarangi player and classical singer Yusuf Khan. There will also be the opportunity to enjoy some molan atmospheric tunes played by Thai ensemble The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band. But it will also be about African rhythms like the Afro-Cuban and Congolese rumba of Senegalese’s legendary Orchestra Baobab and Ghanaian electro sensation Ata Kak.

However, Sunday won’t be no less, with some other fine acts like Kinshasa seven-piece band Mbongwana Star and their hypnotizing Congolese traditional tunes and electronic dancy arrangements. Finnish accordion wizard Kimmo Pohjonen, who will present his latest album Senstivie Skin. American inspired folk singer/songwriter John Grant and finally the blend between electronic instrumental soundscapes and tribal vocalization performed by D.D. Dumbo.

…and it’ll surely be another memorable music weekend at Victoria Park, no matter the weather!

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