Ones to Watch at Field Day 2016

Field Day 2016Field Day festival - the one where you would have no idea you were in central London if it weren’t for the expensive beer prices. In the heart of Victoria Park, Field Day 2016 draws on a county fairground vibe with a whole host of fun ranging from three legged races to food eating contests. I will never forget my poor friend entering one of these, losing and then feeling really ill for the rest of the day.

But asides from the farmyard fun, there’s always a great line-up to boot with a real mix of alternative music, indie and electronic and this year is no exception. Taking place on 11th and 12th June, James Blake and PJ Harvey are headliners this year, supported by a packed out line up over the two days.

Narrowing this down to a few bands was tricky, but here are Drunken Werewolf’s Ones to Watch at Field Day 2016.

James Blake

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What better act to end the first day of the festival than chilled out James Blake and his beautiful harmonies. James Blake’s dreamy new album, The Colour in Anything, with album art by illustrator Quentin Blake has got us stoked up to see his headline performance on the Saturday.

DIIV

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Following a tour cut short this spring due to ill health, DIIV are back for the festival run with an American tour in the pipelines. The shoegaze quintet is bound to entertain with dream pop tracks from 2012 debut album Oshin, and new album, Is the Is Are.

Avalanches

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It’s been 15 long years since the last Avalanches live show, which makes this one at Field Day extra special. With their first new song in 16 years, “Frankie Sinatra”, released just days ago sampling a snippet from Sound of Music, Avalanches are sure to be entertaining.

Formation

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South London duo, Formation, will bring bouncy electronic pop to Victoria Park. If you’ve not heard of them, they’ve been compared to the likes of LCD Soundsystem and Liquid Liquid which can mean only good things. They’re also supporting the Happy Mondays later this year.

Skepta

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With the sudden surge in popularity of the grime music scene, you can’t miss Skepta. He’s dominating the festival scene this year, running from festival to festival (plus Field Day 2016 and Wild Life Festival in one day!) If anything, at least you can say you’ve seen “That’s Not Me” performed whilst picturing the Ed Miliband and Skepta mash-up of 2015.

Ata Kak

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Ata Kak has an amazing story. His one and only album, Obaa Sima, was originally produced in 1994 and had only 50 copies on cassette tape. That is, until Awesome Tapes From Africa founder, Brian Shimkovitz, bought the cassette from a market in Ghana and tracked down the Ghanaian musician for a reissue last year. Expect a fun mix of rap and highlife.

Coves

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Boy-girl duo, Coves, are all about the grungy, shoegaze genre. Following a bit of a break, their comeback single, “Stormy”, is laid back indie rock at its best, drawing on a nonchalant Chastity Belt kind of vibe.

Roots Manuva

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90s and 00s hip hop legend, Roots Manuva, is not one to miss. The man basically put British hip hop on the map so you’ll no doubt recognise rap anthem, “Witness”, but his newer stuff is equally as good. He’s gone down more of a trip hop come rap route of late with collaborations with Massive Attack and Four Tet (who is also one to watch at Field Day, by the way) proving he’s still relevant.

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