Since its start in 2007 Field Day London represents the British alternative to Primavera Sound Festival, and for most of the time it consisted of two days of non-stop music, from 12 A.M. to the night time afterparties. This year’s lineup has been condensed in only one day, Saturday June 3rd, causing a lot of clashes between terrific live performances: because of that we’re offering you a list of five unmissable concerts throughout the day of the festival to help you organize yourselves.
1. Forest Swords – h. 15.15 at Resident Advisor
This choice is not very though, being Geoff Barrow’s Beak> the only real good alternative, but Forest Swords is atop of his career and he is coming from arguably his best album, Compassion. While Beak> are very entertaining in live, we’re going with Matthew Barnes all the way.
2. Death Grips – h. 16.50 at Crack Magazine
While being destroyed by Death Grips’ performance, you’ll be missing almost the entire sets of Moderat, Loyle Carner and Jon Hopkins. Worthy? Considering the volatility of Death Grips’ presence in festival lineups and the current stage of their career, absolutely, plus it will be the most intense concert of the day, so you better not miss it.
3. Nicolas Jaar – h. 18.30 at The Barn
Why prefer Jaar at the main stage over the likes of Moodymann, Arab Strap or Silver Apples? It’s very simple. The live perfomances of the Chilean producer are one of the most extreme, eclectic and multifaced around, thanks to the great variety of his discography. Plus: you have to absolutely experience songs like “No” and “Space Is Only Noise If You Can See” in person at least once in a lifetime. If we were talking about a DJ set by him, we probably would have choosen Moodymann’s danceable and nocturnal scenery over him, but Jaar’s live performances are breathtaking to say the least.
4. Flying Lotus – h. 20.00 at Resident Advisor
FlyLo is known for surprising his audience playing covers of his peers’ songs, such as Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott, while including in his setlists the best hits from all of his stunning four albums. He headlines the Resident Advisor stage and we’re lucky enough that he doesn’t clash with any of the prime time artists, besides the simultaneous sets of King Gizzard and Nina Kraviz are definitely far from his level. Easy choice!
5. Aphex Twin – h 21.00 at The Barn
This is the though one. Slowdive, Run the Jewels or Aphex Twin? Let’s consider the options: Slowdive are on their reunion tour, they’re fairly amazing in live and their comeback recordis definitely a powerful return on the scenes. Run The Jewels are by far the best hip-hop artists on the lineup, their album trilogy is immaculate and Killer Mike and El-P don’t tour that often in Europe. So, why Aphex Twin over them? Simply put, Richard D. James is the most talented, influential and profilic man to ever produce electronic music. He shaped a various number of genres in his career, and his live perfomances is very, very rare. The set will be also streamed by NTS radio, so it’s fair enough to expect something special. See you around the festival!