APHEX TWIN, KELELA, ARCA, FEVER RAY, JAYDA G, BONOBO, FEVER RAY + MORE IGNITE EAST LONDON FOR FIELD DAYS 16TH EDITION.
London’s esteemed APE Presents Field Day has once again taken the stage, proving itself as a standout highlight in the UK festival circuit. With a legacy of championing the alternative and pushing the boundaries of electronic music, Field Day’s 16th edition was nothing short of a triumph. Set against the iconic backdrop of Victoria Park, this year’s sold-out event welcomed a staggering 50,000 guests who experienced an audio visual exploration of some of the electronic music scene’s most visionary artists.
Field Day’s 2023 presented a program of diverse and forward-thinking musical immersion. As London’s leading alternative event, the Main Stage hosted a captivating roster of talent headlined by the enigmatic Aphex Twin, who returned to Field Day after an acclaimed set in 2017. Aphex Twin aka Richard D. James cast a spell over the audience with a performance accompanied by mesmerizing Weirdcore visuals. Aphex was preceded by the boundary-pushing Arca, who delivered a riveting and artistic showcase that stunned the crowd with an unpredictable, emotional and sensual performance, a standout show from the acclaimed artist. Additional performances by Fever Ray, Surasinge, Sudan Archives, Jayda G and more showcased why Field Day is acclaimed as the leader in all things experimental.
The West Stage witnessed the closing brilliance of eclectic DJ Bonobo, bestowing the crowd with a monumental set that encapsulated the audience, whilst earlier experimental virtuoso Jon Hopkins held the crowd spellbound with his unique sonic exploration. Meanwhile, the CUPRA North Arena unveiled a realm of abstract sounds, with the highly-anticipated performance of RnB maverick Kelela who did not disappoint, and TSHA confidently delivered her very first live set at Field Day 2023.
For the third consecutive year, the revered Mary Anne Hobbs, a stalwart of the underground movement and 6 Music presenter, presented the All Queens stage at this year’s edition of Field Day. The eclectic programme was a celebration of female, LGBQTI+, and trans talents, spotlighting cutting-edge angular techno, electrifying electro, and leftfield oddities. The elite lineup included the likes of Chloé Robinson, Anastasia Kristensen, Elkka, Yunè Pinku (DJ Set), and quest?onmarq and more.
Field Day’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of musical innovators was evident in the New Sounds stage, a curated line-up dedicated to emerging artists who are shaping the future of music. A platform for genre-bending artists Love Remains, Gazzi, Art School Girlfriend, and Bibi Seck, all of whom are pushing the boundaries of their respective sounds.
Field Day founders Broadwick Live, are on a mission to create impact through electronic music and electronic arts, driven to create pure yet powerful live experiences. With an unrivalled portfolio of statement venues including Printworks London, Depot Mayfield, Beams and DRUMSHEDS, Broadwick Live have cemented themselves as leaders in events in culture and the creative industries.
Ajay Jarayam, the Broadwick Live Music Director behind Field Day’s eclectic lineup, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “It’s an annual highlight for my team and I to curate Field Day and collaborate with truly dynamic and alternative artists. Our lineup, from global game-changer Aphex Twin to the boundary-breaking Arca, reflects the unstoppable strength and innovation of the experimental electronic music movement, which shows no signs of slowing.”
Field Day’s Gareth Cooper is proud to say “We have been delivering something different for London, and the 16th edition has been a testament to what has been built over these years. APE Presents Field Day has yet again surpassed expectations this year with some of the boldest billing to date. We are thrilled to bring world-renowned acts to London, but also immensely proud to welcome the guests and community back to Victoria Park year on year.”
Sitting at the heart of East London’s creative community, Field Day has managed to consistently reinvent itself to champion new sounds. Now a staple of the annual APE Presents programme, it is an annual gathering for the creative community and music lovers. Curated by Broadwick Live, the team behind DRUMSHEDS, Printworks, Beams etc, Field Day has proved its dedication to being at the forefront of first class experimental music.