Thursday, 29 January 2009

Having a Field Day


With many more to be announced soon…

TIME: 11.30 – 10.30PM / /

On the Saturday 1st August Field Day returns to Victoria Park for its third annual summer extravaganza. Field Day will be one of this summer’s essential festivals and with early bird tickets already sold out, you need to be quick off the mark to snap up yours before this event sells out.

Kicking off proceedings for 2009, Field Day is ecstatic to announce Mogwai as their headline act. The critically acclaimed Scottish rock group, formed by Stuart Braithwaite and Dominic Aitchison in 1995, have since become one of the most influential and best known names in post-rock, they have curated the ATP Festival, sold out The Albert Hall, London and last year released their sixth album 'The Hawk Is Howling'.

Drawing on influences from Joy Division, Pink Floyd, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and post-rock pioneers Slint, Mogwai are the masters of the soft/loud dynamic, as they create a wall of sound that reaches beyond the tumultuous guitars, discovering twinkling optimism in fragile instrumentation and sensitive synths. The lyric-free songs are awe-inspiring and yet accessible.

Domino Record’s amazing ambient electro wizard, Four Tet, will be returning to Field Day, after his mind-blowing performance at its inaugural event two years ago, to play his first live set in London in over a year. Four Tet will be playing new material as he mixes up gloriously rich synthesizer arpeggios; crisp clusters of disco percussion and melodic flourishes.

Former Arab Strap multi-instrumentalist Malcolm Middleton will also be making an appearance at this year’s Field Day. As part of the now-defunct Falkirk duo, he spent 11 years peddling seedy, sweaty tales of cheap booze, late nights and sexual perversion, and his burgeoning solo career seems to be running along the same thematic lines. Working with numerous luminaries from the Glasgow scene, it’s Malcolm and his songs, however, which are the stars here, confirming Middleton's status as one of the best songwriters of his generation.

With the release of his fourth album, ‘When The Haar Rolls In’, at the end of last year, the softly spoken James Yorkston adds a wonderfully folkish element to Field Day’s line up that will complement its village fete vibe. And adding a large slice of funk to this year’s event is Brooklyn’s eccentric party starters Apes and Androids. With famed live performances involving cheerleaders, giant silver skulls and Korean drum circles, this is a band you don’t want to miss.

Touted as natural successors to the mantle currently held by the likes of Battles, Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem, Errors have been confirmed for a festival slot, plus Fennesz's pretty and melodic music, mixing bent instrumental pop, synth gurgles, white noise, ethereal vocal samples, serious Morricone vibes and much more will add to the spectacle, whilst Dubstep don DJ Skream will be laying down some deliciously jaw-wobbling bass.

Brought to you by London’s most adventurous and daring promoters - Eat Your Own Ears, Adventures In The Beetroot Field, Bugged Out! – Field Day will bring you the most cutting edge line up of bands and DJs in the 2009 Festival season. The heart of East London will be transformed into a Village Fete; 'Village Mentality', a Village Green area within the festival will supply the masses with some countrified fun and games away from sound systems and stages. Try your luck on the tombola, crack a few nuts on the coconut shy - or just sit on some haybales and stuff your face with homemade cake. Inspired by summer sports days and country fetes - Field Day's very own village green will host stalls and activities throughout the daytime, ranging from sack-racing, to whack-the-rat, Bowling for Bacon and lots more to be announced. Come along, have fun, eat baked goods, and as the country saying goes - "be like an ant in the days of summer”…

This summer Field Day will sprinkle a splash of magic over the East End as Victoria Park comes alive with leftfield music and an electric atmosphere. Keep your eyes peeled for future line up announcements and for the latest news visit –


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Thursday, 8 January 2009

January only means one thing....

With the new year one thing appear to be on people's mind and that is saving money. After a Christmas over eating, drinking and spending HSAH gives you her ultimate cheap guide.

Firstly - 241 Food offers.
We all love going out to eat. Its a very sociable activity that enables us to catch up with friends, gossip and share tales. It can be expensive but here are some handy 241 places to check out:
If your a member of Fitness First you can get 241 throughout January at Zizzi. If you aren't a member, you can still get cheap deals here:
Alternatively you can visit Time Outs website for up to date foodie offers:

Museums - January is the best time of the year to embrace culture. The majority of London's lovely museums and galleries are free and have fantastic deals on membership. If you have a spare day and are looking for something to do, then why not, take a stroll around the Tate Britain or wander around the fantastic V and A. HSAH loves the photographers Gallery, which has moved to a new and improved location just behind oxford st. It has a very good shop so definitely worht a visit.

Sales - In January almost every shop is forcing you to buy stuff as its strips its prices down to a bare minimum. The only problem that arises is sorting the shit from the special. Some good places to shop are as follows:
Fortnum and Mason
Apparently the Queen does her shopping at F and M. Some how I can't imagine old Queenie E pushing a trolley around Fortnum and Masons...although the imagine does delight HSAH. None the less this shop is amazing for good biscuits, cakes and random nick nacks. It is ultimately a more tasteful Harrods.

Other places to check out would be Magma, which is just off of 5 dials, The South Bank Centre Shop, Cath Kidson and, oh Reiss, which has the best value for money sale with up to 50% off of items.

HSAH will keep her eyes peeled for more exciting stuff and report back to the online community.

A Great Old Film

The other week HSAH was introduced to an amazing Film by Sonic Youth which some of you are probably aware of. This film is entitled The Year the Punk Broke and it follows Sonic Youth around on, what appears to be, a Europe festival tour. Its a video diary of their performances, footage of other great bands and back stage antics, which at times feel a bit surreal. Its definitely worth watching thought if you are a fan of 90s grunge!