Festivals aren’t always about packing wellies and a tent, jumping in the car and scooting off to the nearest set of fields. Sometimes, they’re gems buried in the middle of some of the biggest cities in the UK, just like this year’s Field Day.
Heading into its second year as a two-day fest, this year’s edition of the East London event will boast everyone from Caribou to Ride, Mac DeMarco to Savages, Run The Jewels to FKA Twigs. It’s even going to be the only place in the UK that punters will be able to revel in Patti Smith’s performance of her seminal album ‘Horses’ in full.
“I’ve never been to Field Day, no!” Rae Morris is quick to admit. Luckily, she’ll get the opportunity to visit when she appears at Victoria Park this month. “It’s one of those events that happens in London that you definitely feel sad to be missing out on. I’m very excited to be on the same line-up as so many brilliant artists and bands.
“I’m particularly excited to see Sylvan Esso live for the first time,” she enthuses. “I’ve had that album on repeat over the last few weeks. Then, Patti Smith is one of my heroes, plus my friends Fryars, Jack Garratt and Shura are playing so that’ll be fun!”
“Since the release of my album, it’s just been wonderful to be playing the record out to people.”
Fresh from completing her first set of headline shows out in Europe, the Blackpudlian is ready and raring to go when it comes to a summer full of festivals. “My set is constantly developing and changing,” Rae explains, on what she might be including in her live show. “At the moment, since the release of my album, it's just been wonderful to be playing the record out to people.
“I haven't yet played some of my newer stuff from the record at a festival so I guess i'll have to wait and see. But I have a feeling 'Morne Fortune' will be lots of fun. It always gets us excited on stage so hopefully that'll translate to the audience.”
And as for the fact she'll be sharing the stage with her good friend Fryars, it's not surprisingly that fans are wondering if a collaboration might be on the cards. “You know I didn't even consider it yet! My Fryars has been away in LA for a while so we haven't yet spoken. I would always love him to sing on 'Cold' with me. It's not quite the same without his voice.”
Rae Morris will play Field Day (6th-7th June), where DIY is an official media partner. Tickets are on sale now. Visit diymag.com/presents for more information.
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