Field Day is an annual music festival, which hosts alternative acts in Victoria Park in the London borough of Tower Hamlets. Curated by east end promoters, including Eat Your Own Ears and Bugged Out!, as well as online culture magazine The Quietus and labels such as Transgressive Records, the diversity of the event is reflected in the music which ranges from indie rock to underground electronica via acoustic folk and odd pop.
2014 sees the festival expand to a two day event for the first time.
The first round of acts has already been announced for the 2014 festival.
2014: Metronomy, Pixies, Erol Alkan, The Horrors, Jahwar Ma, Jon Hopkins, Omar Souleyman, Todd Terje, Drenge, East India Youth and more!
Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster UK
Field Day’s reputation for bringing the world’s most pioneering artists to a leafy park in East London continues to grow. Despite increasing the capacity to 30,000, the festival maintains the impression of its more intimate beginnings.
The event emphasises its intimacy by playing on the village fete feel: competitive eating competitions, Splat the Rat and tug-of-war are open to all, as too are the craft workshops and the chance to watch the Royal British Legion Brass Band.
Balancing small festival vibes and a talent for booking cutting-edge acts, Field Day impresses a sense of exclusivity on attendees.
Stages and other entertainment
There are seven main stages: Eat Your Own Ears Stage, Bleed & Lanzarote Stage, Village Mentality Stage, Bugged Out! Stage, Laneway Stage, Shacklewell Arms Stage and the Red Bull Music Academy Stage.
There will also be range of activities taking place throughout the day ranging from tug-of-war and sack races to scone throwing and craft-making, plus the fairground ride, Chair-O-Planes.
There is no VIP area at Field Day.
Children cannot attend as it is a 18+ event.
For disabled customers, with accessibility difficulties and the need for a full-time assistance, Field Day offers 2-for-1 tickets so that personal assistants can accompany them at no extra cost.
To apply for the personal assistant tickets, customers must email: access at eatyourownears dot com and gain access to the event via a Disabled Access Gate.
There will be a viewing platform at stage one, with additional seating for personal assistants. Please note the platform is not under cover.
There will be one disabled toilet in each block, with an additional facility next to the viewing platform.
The average minimum temperature for June in London is 12C; the average high is 21C.
Field Day Festival is set in Victoria Park which is located in Tower Hamlets, in the east end of London.
The closest tube to Victoria Park is Mile End which is accessible via the Central, District and Hammersmith & City lines. Other tube stations which are close to Victoria Park include Bow Road (District Line), Stratford (Jubilee Line) and Bow Church (DLR).
The nearest Overground rail stations to Victoria Park are Hackney Wick (East London line), Cambridge Heath (National Rail) and Bethnal Green (National Rail).
There are buses which go near to Victoria Park. Bus Routes: 8, 309, 339, 388, D3, D6, S2 all pass close to the park. Please visit the TFL website for more information about buses.
What to wear
Owing to a line-up of new and obscure bands, as well as it’s proximity to London’s East End, Field Day has a reputation of drawing a fashion-conscious crowd. To the undiscerning eye it appears anything goes – so dress comfortably with warm and waterproof clothes ready for the unpredictable British weather.
Despite being a weekend event, there is no camping at Field Day Festival. However there are plenty of local hostels, hotels and B&Bs to stay in overnight.
Food and drink
No food or drink is permitted in to the festival from outside except one, sealed 1-litre bottle of water per ticket holder.
Inside the festival has a wide variety of food and drink available. Field Day has teamed up Street Feast to bring, “London’s best street food to one of London’s best festivals”, and Venn Street Market will be there too with their range of global eats.
Charlatan’s front man, Tim Burgess will return with his coffee stall, Tim Peaks, and for those wanting alcohol, the festival will feature London Brewers’ Market which will provide a selection of local craft beers.
Perform at the festival
Like much of the festival, the organisers source the artists themselves as opposed to acts applying.
Drugs and security
Field Day operates a no drugs or weapons policy and will be co-operating with London Metropolitan police to make this a crime-free event. Past festivals have seen the use of police officers and dogs, as well as pat down searches, at the entrance.
The organisers will provide non-judgemental medical care and welfare support to any individuals requiring it.
Following the success of a free event, hosted in a car park outside the Griffin pub in Old Street back in 2006, the organisers decided to form a grander scale event - Field Day was born!
The first Field Day was announced in 2007, selling out to 10,000 people and has been growing year on year since. The festival now holds a capacity of 20,000. In 2012, the event sold out to 30,000 people!
The 2013 line-up included: Animal Collective, Bat for Lashes and Django Django.
The 2012 line-up included: Afrocubism, Beirut, Franz Ferdinand, SBTRKT and Spector.
The 2011 line-up included: Anna Calvi, Warpaint, Wild Beasts and Hype Williams.