Now in its 7th year, Field Day, London’s most forward thinking festival returns to the leafy green surroundings of Victoria Park. With its unique formula of pioneering line-up coupled with village fete mentality, Field Day is a celebration of all that is bold, daring and innovative in the world of alternative music!
Field Day, London's most ambitious and forward-thinking festival celebrates its seventh birthday on 25 May in Victoria Park with its unique formula of pioneering line-up coupled with village fete mentality.
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Stuart Braithwaite (vocals, guitar) and Barry Burns (guitar, keyboards) are members of the Scottish post-rock five-piece Mogwai. The group, who formed in Glasgow in 1995, released their seventh studio album, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, in February. Their “Earth Division” EP is released on 12 September
She's on the cover, smirking in front of an old map: a naughty sea god(dess) in a Cruikshank cartoon. Which somehow suits the discursive post-folk rompery of the music: highly arranged, wordy as an Elvis Costello song with larks taking the place of bitterness.
Mercury Rev are the kind of group for whom Peel Sessions were originally conceived: an all-channels-open, questing outfit who took the opportunity to reassess old favourites and break virgin territory.
You really have to hand it to Sonic Youth: album number 15, with the band's mainstays all in their fifties really is some time for a band to hit their peak.
Accosted by Leslie Crowther in the supermarket aisle and cajoled into doing the taste test, you'd swear that 'Merriweather Post Pavilion' was a Mercury Rev record.
From 1994-1999, nobody wanted to hear American music.
“It means a lot you came out tonight. We don’t expect it, a small band from Glasgow. We’ve been down a few times and you didn’t come then,” The Twilight Sad’s singer James Graham says wryly. Perhaps it’s the former Arab Strap Malcolm Middleton’s recent endorsements of the band that have lured the sizeable crowd.
Texan rockers Explosions in the Sky were born on the fourth of July as they watched the celebratory fireworks nine years ago. Since releasing their third album The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place in 2003, the quartet's word-of-mouth success has established them as the inheritors of Mogwai and Godspeed You Black Emperor's brooding instrumental post-rock. It was only so long before they would follow in Mogwai's footsteps, having been selected to curate the next instalment of the discerning indie fans' festival All Tomorrow's Parties, in May.
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