We’ve got a major festival crush on Field Day, which kicks off every London festival season with two days of arty music and big fun. Stonking sets by Caribou, FKA Twigs, Patti Smith, Ride and more great acts make 2015 a tough bill to follow. But now we’ve got the first line-up announcement for Field Day 2016 – the tenth instalment, taking place on June 11 and 12 2016 – and it’s looking like a vintage year already.
The big and juicy news is a headline set by British alt rock icon PJ Harvey. She’ll wrap up the festival on Sunday night, probably playing live versions of the songs from her ‘Recording in Progress’ project at Somerset House this year – and of course the raucous classics that have made her a full-on national treasure. On top of Saturday’s bill is Four Tet, a long-term friend of the festival who played the first ever Field Day in 2007. Nine years later, he’s finally got a headline slot to deliver blissed-out beats to his adoring public. Skepta is on there too, repping the never-stronger London grime scene and aiming (as ever) to shut shit down.
Other highlights include mellow-ass indie vibes from Deerhunter on Saturday and Beach House on Friday, the return of Sweden’s masked psychedelic loons Goat and a set by sardonic songsmith John Grant on Sunday, and the usual gamut of party-starters on Saturday. Check out the full line-up below.
Field Day tickets are on sale today.
Field Day 2016: the first wave
Floating Points (live)
Holly Herndon (live)
Motor City Drum Ensemble
Mount Kimbie (DJ)
Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band
Red Axes (live)
Yorkston Thorne Khan
Thurston Moore Band