Field Music to headline annual NEoN at Night extravaganza
- Deborah Chu
- 12 September 2019
The Mercury-nominated band from Sunderland will lend a musical bent to the digital arts festival's activist theme for 2019
The project of brothers David and Peter Brewis, Field Music released their self-titled debut in 2005, and their fourth album Plumb was in the running for the prestigious Mercury Prize in 2012. Their most recent release, Open Here, was released in 2018 and hailed as their most political album to date, touching on topics such as the Brexit referendum and gender stereotypes. The band will perform songs off their back catalogue, as well as their recent commission for the Imperial War Museum and David's solo album 45, which is centred upon the current US present Donald Trump. Their music will be accompanied by vibrant visual projections by Field Music's guitarist/designer Kevin Dosdale, and animation from collaborator Andy Martin.
Field Music will thus bring a musical perspective upon the festival's already politically-charged programme. As Scotland's only international festival dedicated to digital and technology-driven arts, NEoN's theme of 'react' for its 2019 edition will focus on the relationship between digital art and activism; what role media art can play in our political systems; and how might we protest differently in a digital age. Taking place across Dundee from 4–10 November, NEoN will see a vibrant programme of music, moving image, performance and events explore the confluence of digital arts and political life in a city celebrated for its rich heritage of innovation.