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Field day 2019 – Candid’s pick of what to see
May 30, 2019
London’s best festival, Field Day, has a new home for 2019. The Drumsheds is a huge warehouse complex located in Enfield, North London, slap bang in the middle of Meridian Water – a leafy surrounding on the banks on Walthamstow reservoir – the area has recently received a £6 billion pound regeneration grant to make it a hub for the creative arts.
And the best bit about the new venue? Away from neighbours the festival now stays open until 3am, making it the latest festival on the city’s calendar.
Here, Candid picks our top selection of what not to miss.
The headliner on Friday night, Skepta – London’s number one grime artist – follows on from his acclaimed album Konichiwawith Ignorance is Bliss which is being released on 31stMay. Perfect timing. Expect strong energy from what will be his only London show this summer.
Fresh from dropping the hottest hip hop album of 2018, the Kanye West produced Daytona, coming out on top with his diss tracks to Drake, performing at Coachella, and on the back of his sell out London show that raised the roof, King Push will have the crowd going wild on Saturday evening.
Warming up for Pusha T on the Saturday night, Diplo (one half of Major Lazer) has been touring non-stop recently. From a flat at Rio Carnival to sell out pool parties in Vegas and electronic music festivals in the Philippines, it seems there is on party Diplo can’t get started. Oh and he just won a Grammy for best song on his collaboration with Dua Lipa.
The songstress who is smashing it at the moment, is headlining on the Saturday. Hot off the back of being nominated for an Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song for her hit track Blue Lights, she will no doubt deliver on her famous melodies.
The headliner on Saturday, the king of the noughties indie disco scene returns to the Bulldog Yard in association with Bugged Out! stage to throw the crowd back to the days of nu-rave and electro. Think Justice, The Klaxons and memories of student nights out.
Maya Jane Coles presents Nocturnal Sunshine
On Saturday, as part of Late Night in association with Prinktworks and FACT, Maya Jane Coles will be keeping the party going long into the night. It would be rude to not take advantage of the late night license – the long-awaited antidote to London festivals finishing at 10:30 and you having no clue where to carry on dancing.
The food and drink
This years Field Day has raised the bar when it comes to catering. For drinks, expect gin cocktails from Bulldog, beer from Camden Town Brewery and Beavertown Brewery. For food, your even more spoilt for choice. There will be every cuisine you can think of, and foodtrucks including Smokoloco, Ravi Ollie, Only Jerkin, Katie’s Cornish HotPots, Hanoi Kitchen, Chipsy, Flavours of Africa, Burger Boy, and many more. No reason to go hungry or thirsty then.
Words by Toby Mellors
Field day 2019, 7th-8th June, Meridian Water, North London.
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