Five acts playing Field Day that’ll set the bar high for 2018
Australia is beyond blessed to have an absolute plethora of festivals over the New Year’s period, but FIELD DAY and the legends at Fuzzy are the only ones to secure a lineup that is this special. Headlined by a trio of heavyweight producers – France’s DJ SNAKE, British MURA MASA and our very own FLUME – as well as hip-hop powerhouses SCHOOLBOY Q and STOMRZY, Field Day is planning to bring in 2018 with a bigger bang than ever before.
However, it’s not just the headliners that are attention-grabbing. Field Day is also giving some lesser known acts the spotlight, and you’d do well to get to know them before New Year’s Day.
Representing a fresh crop of rappers that symbolises a changing understanding of what is considered hip-hop, New York-based Princess Nokia has more energy than almost any rapper working today. With style, class and a whole lot of firepower, seeing Princess Nokia take the Field Day stage is going to be a thing of marvel to say the least.
Barely 19 years old, British rapper Dave is taking the world by storm with his youthful, unjaded approach to grime. With fans like Wiley and the Field-Day-playing Stormzy to his name, Dave – real name, no joke – is a kid ready to add the rest of Australia to that fanbase.
Having copped accolades such as the ‘female Gessafelstein’ and attention from heavyweights like Skrillex, Niagara Falls-native Rezz is a firecracker just waiting to explode down under. Being self taught, she shows a fearlessness in her production, making edgy and ear-grabbing beats that sound indeed reminiscent of Gessafelstein and Deadmau5 but, most importantly, sounds all her own.
Continuing Field Day‘s theme of booking kickass women (did we mention Anna Lunoe played LA festival Hard Summer eight months pregnant?), Canadian DJ B. Traits adds a refreshing flavour to this monstrous lineup. With a permanent spot on BBC Radio 1, and having already taken the UK by storm with debut single ‘Fever’ a few years ago, B. Traits is armed and ready to unleash her unique renovating of 90’s rave music, melted seamlessly with beautiful pop melodies, on The Domain come New Year’s Day.
If you haven’t heard of Winston Surfshirt this far into 2017, then all hope might as well be lost. Do yourself a favour and be sure to catch this Sydney funk/hip-hop collective at Field Day – it might be the last chance to do so before they inevitably conquer the world.
FIELD DAY 2018 FULL DETAILS
Monday 1 January, 2018 – The Domain, Sydney NSW
Words by JACKSON LANGFORD