Field Day 2018 set to go ahead despite local complaints

Festival has moved to London's Brockwell Park from Victoria Park

Field Day 2018 is reportedly set to go ahead at its new home of Brockwell Park in South London despite complaints from local residents.

The festival recently announced that it would be moving to Brockwell Park after 11 years at Victoria Park in East London. Its move was sparked by rival promoter AEG signing an exclusivity deal to host events at its former site for the next five years.

Field Day is set to run this year from June 1-2. Erykah Badu has been announced as the first headliner, leading a line-up that includes the likes of Four TetAJ Tracey, Loyle Carner and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

The Guardian reports that Lambeth council is likely to grant a licence for Field Day to host its 2018 festival at Brockwell Park. This comes following concerns raised by local residents and campaigners.

Lambeth council initially granted approval for Field Day to be held at Brockwell Park, while denying Lovebox festival, which has since moved to Gunnersbury Park in Ealing. However, responding to legal threats from campaigners, the council has since conceded that its initial approval was unlawful after reasons for the approval failed to be published.

A new decision is expected to be made, with the Guardian report suggesting that it’s likely that Field Day will be approved to go ahead as planned this summer.

Local pressure group Brockwell Streets has announced that it will launch a judicial review of Lambeth council’s Field Day approval.

Uproar over Field Day being held at Brockwell Park comes following the chaos that ensued at last year’s Sunfall festival, which was also held at the South London site.

Those in opposition point to potential ecological damage that could be caused by the festival. Brockwell Streets founder Alice Salisbury said: “The scale of what’s proposed is just far too much for the community to bear”.

The Guardian reports that, in January, hundreds of local residents expressed their dissent at an “ill-tempered and occasionally abrasive meeting with council and festival representatives”.

Field Day

Field Day revellers in 2017

According to the report, the meeting saw a group of local teenagers argue how Field Day was “the best day of their lives” and that access to live music was “essential for their mental health”, only to be “heckled and booed by the predominantly middle-aged crowd”.

A council spokesperson has told The Guardian: “Appropriate mitigations have been made, which will balance the impact on the park and local residents with the right of people to enjoy a world renowned music event.”

Field Day founder Marcus Weedon said: “We’re committed to supporting the future of Brockwell Park and investing in initiatives for residents via our Field Day Community Fund.”

“We’re working in partnership with arts charity 198, facilitating and recruiting work placements for the festival, and we’re giving local musicians the opportunity to perform.”

See the full Field Day line-up and get tickets here.