Ones to Watch at Field Day 2017

Field Day is always a favourite among the millennials/ young crowd/whatever you want to call them, bringing the village fete ideal to London. And guess what? It’s their 10th anniversary!

Field Day regulars will be surprised to hear that this year they’ve squeezed all their artists into one jam-packed day at Victoria Park, which is bound to be a manic one. There’s also the arrival of the new Barn stage, promising cutting-edge lighting and sound systems. But one thing’s for sure, they’ve definitely hit the nail on the head again this year with their lineup (and cute cat posters). With so many great artists to choose from, it’s going to be a tall order to see everyone, but here are our must-see faves.

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Aphex Twin

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Aphex Twin is bound to draw in a crowd. Not only is this his UK festival exclusive, but it’s his first UK show in 5 long years. It seems he has a lot to give, as his set is a lengthy two hours, and will see him headline the new Barn stage for a proper Field Day christening. Expect a whole host of mesmerising genres, from ambient to crazy electronic - and hopefully some of the Grammy Award-winning Syro.

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Flamingods

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Like Goat? You’ll love Flamingods. Famed for unusual, other-worldly folk music, Flamingods strike the right balance between upbeat and weird, taking inspiration from a whole host of cultures and countries. The quintet has roots in England and Bahrain, with a whole host of unique instruments and styles to keep you on your toes.

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Dr John Cooper Clarke

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John Cooper Clarke rose to punk stardom in the 70s with his dry humour and exquisite take on turning mundane shit into poetry. It’s impossible to comprehend the huge influence he had on music today (e.g. see "I Wanna Be Yours") and at the very least, he’ll certainly be an entertaining one.

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Haelos

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Bounding onto the scene with hype and mystery in 2015, Haelos appear to have come from nowhere. Blending dark undertones with expansive soundscapes, the London trio seems to have nearly perfected ambient dream pop, with influences from Portishead and The xx.

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Jon Hopkins

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Jon Hopkins’ soothing electronica is one for the senses. Having been produced by ambient pioneer Brian Eno in the past, he sure knows a thing or two about composing beautiful, atmospheric soundscapes that will surely fill Field Day with lush, float-y loveliness.

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Methyl Ethel

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The Australian trio, Methyl Ethel, will bring dreamy indie to Victoria Park. Their latest album Everything Is Fixed was only released two months ago, and adds a shimmery, psych-rock element to their discography, in their realms of Unknown Mortal Orchestra and MGMT.

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Nicolas Jaar

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Nicolas Jaar’s second solo album, Sirens, was released last year to huge acclaim. It’s no surprise the producer has a huge catalogue of experimental tracks, mixing jazz influences with techno and electronica. Most prominent is his debut album Space Is Only Noise, which is still renowned for its scattered textures and melodies.

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Mura Masa

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Electronic producer Mura Masa rocketed into the mainstream with “Love$ick” last year and has produced classic dance anthems with a trap influence ever since. Having collaborated with A$AP Rocky, NAO and Charli XCX, he’s not one to miss.

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Run The Jewels

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Returning to Field Day is hip-hop’s favourite duo, Run The Jewels. It’s crazy to think the super group of El-P and Killer Mike only joined forces in 2013, and they’ve already bagged themselves a headline slot at Field Day’s Eat Your Own Ears stage. To complete Field Day’s cat theme, I’d recommend listening to Meow The Jewels.

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S U R V I V E

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Fans of Stranger Things will already know Survive, the band to thank for that amazing soundtrack that shot the series into perfection. With vintage horror-inspired compositions and eerie analog synths, Survive will fill Field Day with a spooky ambiance unlike any other.

Check out the full Field Day line-up and more at the official website.

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