Field Day (festival)

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Field Day is a yearly outdoor music festival in London. It was first held in Victoria Park in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on 11 August 2007 and returned there each year until 2017. The 2018 festival moved to Brockwell Park, and in 2019 it was held at Meridian Water in Enfield, with a capacity of 25,000.[1]

Yearly outdoor music festival in London
Not to be confused with the Australian Field Day Festival.

Field Day

Field Day 2017
Genre Various, primarily alternative rock
Dates Friday 7 – Saturday 8 June 2019
Location(s) Victoria Park, London Borough of Tower Hamlets (2007-2017)
Brockwell Park (2018)
Meridian Water (2019)
Years active 2007 – present
Founded by Tom Baker (Eat Your Own Ears) and Marcus Weedon
Capacity 25,000

It has continuously expanded, and since its inception, has sold out yearly.[2]

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The festival hosts an annual village fete titled Village Mentality. Beginning in 2008, the area includes a sack race, tug of war and egg and spoon race.[3] In 2008, the events took place until 5pm, finishing earlier than the rest of the festival.[4] In 2009, the area was extended to include its own musical line-up, playing on the Village Mentality Stage. Acts included Mumford & Sons, Toumani Diabaté and Malcolm Middleton. The area is handled by organiser Tom Baker’s partner Natalie Silk. Village Mentality was formerly known as Homefires,[5] who hosted their own London festival until 2007.[6]

Field Day and Eat Your Own Ears founder Tom Baker, together with radio production company Folded Wing, recorded a series of radio shows in the run up to Field Day festival in 2012. It features sessions and interviews with the performing artists and has been a regular feature of the festival since. Episodes include exclusives interviews and mixes from the likes of Pixies, Grimes, Solange, Mulatu Astatke, Panda Bear, Caribou, Omar Souleyman, Metronomy, John Cooper Clarke, Four Tet, Kurt Vile and many more.

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