Think of this as a Burning Man for the East Coast.
“The idea behind Field Day was to create a world-class music, arts and camping festival on the East Coast of the United States,” event mastermind Andrew Dreskin said. “Field Day is the product of our desire to present a different kind of festival, one that melds music, contemporary art and freedom of expression. In some ways, Field Day is a sociological experiment.
“We hope ticket buyers use Field Day as a platform for self-expression. They can register to create art installations and group camps with their friends. I bet we see some pretty interesting costumes out there.”
There is an allocated area of the festival site dedicated to artistic expression. Concert-goers are encouraged to register to create an art installation or performance art piece.
Artist expression isn’t limited to the arts area. Camping groups are also invited to create their own artistic environment for all to enjoy in the Group Camp corral.
But enough about the arts and on to the music. There’s an impressive two-day roster lined up for Field Day. Among the many names on the list are Beck, Underworld, Thievery Corporation, Spiritualized, Interpol, Dashboard Confessional, Beth Orton, Liz Phair, Tortoise, Thursday, The Raveonettes, My Morning Jacket, Ben Lee, Gemma Hayes, and the 22-20s. Ok. So that’s all of them for June 7, which also sees Radiohead closing the day.
June 8 will see Sigur Ros, Blur, The Roots, The Streets, Elliott Smith, N.E.R.D., Luna, Blackalicious, The Sea And Cake, Le Tigre, Peanut Butter Wolf, Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, The Polyphonic Spree, The Music, Particle, and Ours. The Beastie Boys round out the day.
Tickets are available April 18 at fielddayfest.com or Ticketmaster. There are several pricing options and three different date tiers. Depending on when you purchase, a single day pass can run from $65 to $85; $120 to $160 for two-day passes; and $150 to $190 for two-day passes with camping.
A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit various charities, including the East End Arts Council, the Community School Of The Arts, and Students For A Free Tibet.