East London looks forward to a festival summer with new Field Day announcements

The first weekend version of East London’s Field Day event recently added more than 20 confirmed performances to its bill.

Organisers had already confirmed headliners Metronomy for Saturday 7 June 2014, and Pixies for Sunday 8 June. The announcement adds SBTRKT, Simian Mobile Disco, Ghostpoet and Jagwar Ma to a Saturday which already also featured Warpaint, The Temper Trap and Jon Hopkins. New bookings for an as-yet quieter Sunday include the Horrors and Drenge, and the addition of Temples and Pond will appeal to new-psych fans. You can see the full confirmed bills at the festival’s Tumblr. Expect further announcements for both days.

Field Day 2013, by David Fisher

Field Day allows London alternative music promoters, this year Eat Your Own Ears, Bleed, Bugged Out! and Lanzarote, to create a day of live music and dancing with the charm of a local fete. Expect two main stages plus smaller venues, star DJs including Erol Alkan and Daniel Avery and a Village Green hosting some bizarre twists on the traditional fete stalls and sports-day games.

The 25,000-capacity event, held annually on a summer Saturday in Hackney’s leafy Victoria Park since 2007, announced in November that it would add Sunday for 2104. Tom Baker of Eat Your Own Ears said at the time: “I am thrilled…. It’s been a long time coming.”

The original Field Day was a 5,000-ticket afternoon in August with an already impressive bill including this year’s headliners Metronomy, Foals, Caribou, Bat for Lashes and DJ Andrew Weatherall, plus morris dancers, a brass band and barn dancing.

Victoria Park has established itself as a popular venue for music festivals appealing to both hip London crowds and visitors. It’s accessible on a day basis to city dwellers via buses or Mile End tube, yet set in 40 acres of parkland it convincingly creates that greenfield atmosphere.

Victoria Park, London, by Uri Baruchin

Field Day is a recent arrival compared to the now 50,000-capacity Lovebox Weekender, which grew out of a Groove Armada party concept including a one-day dance-music event on Clapham Common. This would migrate to Victoria Park in 2005, becoming Lovebox Weekender, a celebration of dance music and festival culture offering seven arenas (including a version of ‘Lost Vagueness’, Glasto’s late-night wonderland between 1998 and 2008), many star DJs plus a live performance from Groove Armada.

Co-promoters MAMA & Co bought out Groove Armada in 2012. The bills for Friday 18 and Saturday 19 July 2014 are yet to be announced, but Lovebox 2013 offered an impressive range of live dance sounds from old-skool revivalists Jurassic 5 to local heroes Rudimental. The new owners, also responsible for Global Gathering and The Great Escape, are promising to revitalise the concept for 2014 and have involved Secret Garden Party promoters Secret Productions, with whom they created Wilderness Festival,  in what they’re calling “a new vision as a true celebration of festival culture”.

Full-price Field Day 2014 weekend passes are on sale at £78 and day tickets are currently available at £49.50 (Saturday) or £38.50 (Sunday). You can buy them online or at Rough Trade East in Brick Lane.

Super-early-bird tickets for Lovebox are currently available at £78 for a two-day pass, £39 for Friday and £50 for Saturday.

There’s no camping available for either event.