Aphex Twin headlined Field Day’s The Barn stage on Saturday night (3rd June), with a head-bending comeback set that formed his only UK festival appearance of the summer.
Clocking in at just over two hours, Richard D. James span an intense mix that took in the best of techno, d&b, gabba, warped soundscapes and beyond, all paired with the head-bending visuals on myriad screens behind him.
But, perhaps more interesting than Aphex Twin’s triumphant return is The Barn stage he performed on.
The 15,000 capacity structure hosted Nina Kraviz, Marcel Dettmann, Moderat, Nicholas Jaar and Jon Hopkins across the rest of the day, and is an awe-inspiring, hangar-like space that features gut-churning sound and impeccable production.
Events at Victoria Park have previously been blighted by sound issues, but with the addition of The Barn, the venue has become a major player in electronic music events in London.
Previous to Field Day rolling into Victoria Park at the weekend, The Barn had previously seen Eric Prydz’ EPIC 5.0 live show hit the capital in recent weeks, as well as Axwell Λ Ingrosso’s Steel Yard performance.
Check out 10 pictures below that prove why The Barn is the most exciting new stage on the festival circuit.
(Photos: Fanatic Live)
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