PJ Harvey

Field Day 2016 nabs PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey is the first headline act to be announced for Field Day 2016.

The tenth annual London-based festival, taking place in Victoria Park on 11 and 12 June 2016, will also feature the likes of John Grant, Beach House, Deerhunter, and Four Tet.

Although more artists are still to be announced, early bird tickets are already on sale.

PJ Harvey’s appearance on Sunday 12 June is being billed as a London exclusive for 2016 and the first UK live, full band show since she played at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011.

Since releasing her first album, ‘Dry’, in 1992 PJ Harvey is the only artist to have won the Mercury Music prize twice, first with the platinum-selling ‘Stories From The City: Stories From The Sea’ in 2000, then over a decade on with 2011’s ‘Let England Shake’.

Awarded an MBE for services to music in 2013, this year has found Harvey breaking more new ground, releasing her first volume of poetry and writing and recording her as-yet-untitled ninth studio album in front of live audiences at Somerset House.

John Grant, who recently released his third album ‘Grey Tickles, Black Pressure’, has been riding high since 2013’s ‘Pale Green Ghosts’. Made in Icelandic capital Reykjavik, where Grant has lived ever since, the album entered the UK Top 20 in its first week and ended up as Rough Trade’s Album of the Year 2013, The Guardian’s number two, and in MOJO and Uncut’s Top Five. It also led to a Best International Male Solo Artist nomination at the 2014 BRIT Awards.

Beach House, the Baltimore duo of Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand, have had a steady rise since forming in 2004. Releasing two albums in quick succession this year, the band showed off their live power at two recent sell out shows at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.

Deerhunter’s latest album, ‘Fading Frontier’, shows that, a decade in, the band have lost none of their intensity. Led by songwriter Bradford Cox, the alt-rockers have evolved musically on each release.

Thurston Moore has been at the forefront of the alternative rock scene since its inception. He is the founder and ringleader of Sonic Youth, the band that turned on an entire generation to the value of experimentation in rock n’ roll – from its inspiration to a nascent Nirvana to the their own ‘Daydream Nation’ recording being chosen by the USA Library of Congress for historical preservation in the National Recording Registry in 2006. As a solo artist he continues to push boundaries.

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