This year, Field Day found a new home. These photographs chronicle the site's journey from industrial lot to party-primed festival location.
Last weekend, Field Day invited the likes of Skepta, Todd Terje, Marie Davidson and Leon Vynehall to North London for its 2019 edition. The photographer Benny J Johnson captured its new home with a series of photos in the lead-up to this year's event, as well as documenting the festival as it unfolded.
At the end of 2018, Field Day announced plans to move to a new site—Meridian Water, an old gas works in North London—after 11 editions in Victoria Park and one in Brockwell Park.
"This new site will allow us to break down the restrictions that London festivals are normally faced with," said the festival director Luke Huxham in November.
Enfield Council gave Field Day the green light to go later than any other London festival, as part of its aim to create a 24-hour neighbourhood.
Field Day 2019 took place on June 7th and 8th. The huge Drumsheds were reminiscent of Printworks, with two warehouses filled with high-spec lasers and a wall-length light projection.
In 2019, bands took a backseat on the lineup to rap, grime, house and techno.
Many of the best DJ sets happened on smaller stages like the Bulldog Yard. At its peak, during Todd Terje's closing set, it felt more like Amsterdam's DGTL festival or Barcelona's Primavera Sound than the industrial outskirts of north London.
Among the highlights of 2019's edition was grime star Skepta, who grew up in the neighbouring Meridian Walk Estate.