TOM BAKER, co-founder of London festival Field Day (cap. 40,000) has announced his departure from the after 12 years with the event.
In 2017, the festival was acquired by Global-backed Broadwick Live, the promoter behind events such as South West Four (20,000) and Standon Calling (17,000)
Broadwick Live moved the two-day event from its long-term home of Victoria Park to Brockwell Park in 2018. The festival relocated again this year to the company’s new venue Drumsheds in Tottenham.
“After 12 years of living and breathing Field Day; something … that seeded out of earlier multi-genre events my partner [Field Day co-founder Marcus Weedon] and I did before – Return Of The Rural at the 291 Gallery and Homefires at Conway Hall – it feels like the right time for me to now move on to new things,” says Baker.
“It’s a blank canvas, a challenge but time to do something exciting and creative in a very changed landscape.”
He will continue as a promoter under his Eat Your Own Ears banner, which will promote King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard at Alexandra Palace (10,400), Bill Callahan at Eventim Apollo (5,100) and Nick Murphy at O2 Academy Brixton (4,9200) this autumn.
“A few other things are bubbling and I do hope to bring back music and art event Concrete and Glass, and stage the amazing Four Tet and Squid Soup Light collaboration in somewhere in Europe next year,” says Baker.
This year’s Field Day in June featured Skepta, Jorja Smith and Diplo.