Field Music to headline annual NEoN at Night extravaganza

Field Music to headline annual NEoN at Night extravaganza

The Mercury-nominated band from Sunderland will lend a musical bent to the digital arts festival's activist theme for 2019

The North East of North Digital Arts Festival has announced the Mercury Prize-nominated English rock duo Field Music as the headliner for their late night bash NEoN at Night on Sat 9 November.

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.

Field Music to headline annual NEoN at Night extravaganza

NEoN 2018 / credit: Kathryn Rattray Photography

NEoN at Night is a particular highlight of the annual festival, which sees immersive technology, live music and visual art come together for a late night multi-arts shindig. This year, NEoN at Night will be setting up shop at Church, and in addition to Field Music, will also see Dundee's own DJ Wee Beastie and NEoN's resident disc jockey RHL perform an activism-themed set into the wee hours of the evening, coloured by Wee Beastie's afro-caribbean and hip-hop beats, and RHL's unique brand of house, dance and disco. Other support acts will shortly be announced.

Commenting on their NEoN at Night set, Field Music's Peter Brewis says, 'This will be our first time playing in Dundee and we're really glad it's for something unique like NEoN – this year's theme is ideal for us. We're music makers in a digital world and our means and methods of production, dissemination and, in fact, our very existence is reliant on digital technology. It's enabled us to make our way of doing things a subtle act of resistance.'

NEoN at Night will take place at Church, Dundee, Sat 9 Nov, tickets are now available; North East of North Digital Arts Festival will take place at various venues across Dundee from Mon 4–Sun 10 Nov.

NEoN Digital Arts Festival

Scotland's only international digital arts festival, which features moving image, performance, music and technology-driven arts across Dundee.