Heading to Field Day festival this weekend? We’ve made a schedule so you don’t have to – read on for our can’t-be-missed acts of the weekend.
3pm TEI SHI
Brooklyn-based singer Tei Shi is one of our favourite new girls at Topshop – thanks to her electro-meets-RnB single ‘Bassically‘ and an ability to rock military uniforms like a boss. We’ll be kicking off Day 1 with her DJ set at the Jungle Bandstand.
7.45pm CHET FAKER
Chet Faker is sexy. And he also makes sexy music. So thanks to Crack Magazine for including him on their Field Day stage this year. Not heard of him? Listen to the super-smooth ‘Built on Glass’ and ’Gold’ and you’ll be hooked.
9.15pm FKA TWIGS VS. CARIBOU
The dilemma! We’ll be running back and forth between FKA Twigs’ ever-mesmerising R&B performance and a blissed-out electro set from Caribou. It’s the worst headliner clash since Beyonce and City and Colour at Glastonbury 2013…
5.00pm MAC DEMARCO
Gap-toothed chiller Mac DeMarco is back with new material and it’s getting better and better. His lazy sun-drenched sound (think Beach House mixed with Kurt Vile) paired with a weather forecast of 20+ degrees is guaranteed to get you in a summer mood.
6.30pm PATTI SMITH
What better way to spend your Sunday evening than seeing Patti perform her iconic album ‘Horses’ in full? Long live the godmother of punk!
Need a little more soul on your summer playlist? Look no further than Barli. The hard-to-pin-down Londoner who’s gorgeous vocals and lush electro beats make for the most seductive and chilled-out tunes. After buzzed about gigs at The Waiting Room and Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, Barli is launching her second EP, Streeters. Read on to hear about Barli’s eclectic inspo and what festivals she’s planning to out at.
There’s a lot of soul in your music. Where do you get your inspiration?
Gil Scott Heron and Janet Jackson. I’ve been revisiting The Velvet Rope recently, Janet Jackson taught me about the softer, more subtle side to your voice that is just as powerful, if not more so, than the full belting side to your voice. Sometimes less is so much more. I like to use every corner of my voice across the two EPs, Pebbles, and this current one, Streeters.
When did you know you wanted to work in music?
Music is a compulsion, it is something i started doing naturally from a very young age. Singing, writing, playing; every time I had a spare minute. I made it into my everyday life and it’s slowly becoming my full time hobby. It’s a long hard slog with many pit falls but I have learnt to focus on becoming a better singer and writer, and making music that is completely true to me. That way no matter what happens I’ll always have something I am truly proud of to show the grand kids!
Which musician’s career would you like to emulate?
Prince. The total musicianship, pushing boundaries with style and production yet prolifically writing timeless songs for decades. Also, creating incredible live shows, surrounded by the best musicians and reaching real music lovers.
How would you describe your style and on stage look?
Noir and B chic.
What’s been your best gig to date?
Our debut show in January this year was packed with people singing the words. There was a couple in the audience fully getting it on when we were playing Pebbles! I couldn’t believe it, all our hard work locked in the studio for a year had connected and paid off. It was a very special moment for us. I can’t wait for the next one at St. Pancras Old Church on 8th October. It’s an incredible venue we have always wanted to play and we can finally get to play live the way we want in surroundings which bless the music. We have many special touches planned for our new fans. It’s the perfect spot to connect.
What are you most looking forward to over the summer?
Going to loads of festivals! Checking out as much live music as possible. Tei Shi at Field Day and SBTRKT at Outlook especially.
Listen to more BARLI’s gorgeous soul over on her soundcloud.
FKA Twigs, Caribou, Patti Smith – the Field Day line-up just gets better and better and we can’t wait! East London’s favourite festival is taking place on 6th-7th June this summer and we’ve got the ultimate prize up for grabs.
Not only could you win a pair of tickets to the festival in Victoria Park, but the prize also includes a night’s stay at the achingly cool Ace Hotel in Shoreditch for you and a friend. Forget festival camping – you’ll be put up in one of the Ace’s luxe boutique rooms (all vintage furniture and modern art on the walls) and be treated to breakfast from its Bulldog Edition cafe.
Sound good? To enter, simply look out for the daily competition tweet here and retweet to win!
So many festivals, so little time! With miles of sun-soaked beaches and stunning scenery, Croatia has fast become the ultimate music getaway – but which one to go for? Follow our guide to the best of the bunch.
The established one: HIDEOUT
Now celebrating its fifth birthday, Hideout is a sell-out out every year. And it’s not hard to see why. Located on the idyllic island of Pag, it offers the best beach and boat parties, this year soundtracked by the likes of Duke Dumont, Sigma and Eats Everything. What’s not to love?
Boiler Room sets, collabs with Crack magazine and free haircuts from trendy hairdresser Blue Tit – Dimensions brings edge to the Croatian festival scene. This year there’s some real Topshop favourites playing – including Little Dragon and Four Tet. And with stages built inside a 19th-century fort, you won’t find a more unusual setting to party.
Dimensions, 26th-30th August, tickets from 175 euros
The hip hop one: FRESH ISLAND
Croatian line-ups are usually reserved for electronic music, but Fresh Island brings something different. Expect three days of hip hop and RnB, from names like Skepta and Joey Bada$$, plus up-and-coming acts from all over the globe.
After ten years of parties in Ibiza and Mallorca, Ibiza Rocks has arrived in Croatia! Also found on Pag island, it offers that same winning formula of music, beaches and boat parties, but with the most hit-worthy headliners of the lot. We can’t wait to see Jungle, Rudimental, Clean Bandit and The Vaccines play this time.
Located on a small private beach in Tisno, Soundwave is the one if you’re after something more intimate. There’ll be gigs from Mr Scruff and Andreya Triana, as well as an arts programme where you can get involved with live graffiti and street art from cool artists like Will Barras.
After just two years, Sonus is already up there with the world’s best techno festivals. Why? It’s run by the same team as Germany’s legendary electronic festival Time Warp, but with the added benefit of 30 degree heat on Croatia’s beautiful Zcre beach. Count us in!