Last year, it was was revealed that Field Day would be be moving location. The festival had been held in East London’s Victoria Park since its inception in 2007, but moved to Brockwell Park this year despite complaints from local residents. Its move was sparked by rival promoter AEG signing an exclusivity deal to host events at its former site for the next five years.
However, the weekend was met with trouble after Four Tet’s Saturday night show was delayed due to too many people attempting to enter the venue.
“My show at Field Day got shut down last night due to overcrowding,” he wrote on Twitter. “Was some madness. Respecting your enthusiasm to see me play though! Don’t worry London, I’ll make it up to you. I’ve got plans.”
My show at Field Day got shut down last night due to overcrowding. Was some madness. Respecting your enthusiasm to see me play though! Don’t worry London I’ll make it up to you. I’ve got plans.
— Four Tet (@FourTet) June 3, 2018
In a statement to festival-goers, organisers wrote: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to Field Day this weekend. There was a pause during the show in The Barn on Saturday evening to allow concerns about congestion to be addressed. We realise this delay was frustrating but the safety of everyone on site is always our top priority and we are grateful to the audience for their patience and cooperation.
“The festival was sold out on Friday. On Saturday, the number on site was within the increased licensed capacity and there was additional space to reflect this. Please be assured that we will be collating, reading and reviewing all feedback so please do send any further comments you have have to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
They added: “Thank you once again for all those who attended Field Day 2018.”
— Field Day (@fielddaylondon) June 3, 2018
Many festival-goers took to social media to complain about the overcrowding and general organisation of the festival:
Pleading to all people at Field Day! Do not go next year! They do not deserve our money for such a poorly run festival. #FieldDay
— Ross Cameron (@rosskcameron) June 2, 2018
— Zoe Hunter Gordon (@zoehuntergordon) June 2, 2018
— Blake (@NickymBlake) June 2, 2018
Big up #FieldDay for organising an unremitting shitshow from start to finish. Nils Frahm was good though
— richard (@auspices) June 2, 2018
Looking at #fieldday and the negativity from people who were there, makes me wonder whether it was worth closing off a small London Park for all half term? Local kids really missed their park @JimDicksLambeth @lambeth_council
— Amelia Torode (@Amelia_Torode) June 2, 2018
— Hiteca (@KoreySamuel) June 3, 2018
After the move to a new location was confirmed earlier this year, 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.”