This Saturday 31 July sees the welcome return of Field Day to London’s Victoria Park.

The festival, for which tickets are still available here, has assembled its most discerning and diverse ever line-up for its 2010 edition.

Phoenix and The Fall are probably the biggest names on the bill, but we’re particularly looking forward to hearing Mount Kimbie – still reeling from the success of their just-issued debut album, Crooks & Lovers, their ethereal post-dubstep wares will doubtless prove to be one of the festival’s biggest draws. Since embracing discerning house rhythms and Arthur Russell-esque melody on his recent Swim LP, Canada’s Caribou has massively expanded his fanbase, and trust us, he always kills it live. Much as we admire Matthew Herbert‘s Big Band project, we can’t help but pine for the days when he used to make burbling, ruthlessly dancefloor-targeted avant-house – hopefully we’ll be treated to some of that at Field Day when he presents One Club – the live incarnation of his upcoming LP of the same title, which was built from incidental sounds recorded at Frankfurt’s Robert-Johnson nightspot.

There’s a welcome outing for the gauzy electronic solo project of Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox, Atlas Sound, and for the reliably intense Moderat, who have understandably become a festival staple over the past two years, particularly on the continent. Expect a breezier dancefloor mood from LA’s boogie standard-bearer Dam-Funk, who drops by with Master Blazter to lay on the neo-G-funk real thick. The world is full of bedroom chancers making “hazy”, obliquely nostalgic pop music right now; Toro Y Moi, with his sure command of electronics and subtly affecting vocals, is a cut above ’em.

Led by enigmatic (if, these days, rather avuncular) frontman The Simeon, Silver Apples‘ brand of pulsating, hypnotic motor-psychedelia has influenced successive generations of post-punk, industrial, electro-pop and techno artists, with Klaxons and Joakim among their contemporary fans. Hudson Mohawke and Ramadanman represent the UK dancefloor vanguard, while techno romantic Pantha Du Prince, improv legends Flower-Corsano Duo and art-rock upstarts These New Puritans are all but guaranteed to deliver the requisite thrills and spills.

You’ve also got the FACT DJs playing from 3pm-4pm at the Blogger’s Delight tent. Cop the full line-up and get tickets here.

What are you going to do when they turf you out of Victoria Park at the end of the night? Why, head to an after-party of course. Below are some of the best on offer.

Cable, London Bridge – £13.50 advance / £15 on the door, 11pm – 5am
Venue change for the official after-party, which was originally booked in at Bocking St Warehouse. Instead, you get the dark and deep environs of South London’s Cable, with sets from venerable party starters L-Vis 1990 [pictured above with fellow Night Slug, Bok Bok], Fake Blood, DJ Mehdi and Casper C, plus a DJ set from the Golden Filter and the all-around national treasure that is Andrew Weatherall.
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Cable, London Bridge – £10 advance / £13 on the door, 11pm – 5am
Cable attendees will find themselves doubly lucky on their post-Field Day travels, as James Ruskin’s Blueprint label re-launches in the venue’s other room, with dark techno coming courtesy of Sandwell District (live), Mark Broom, O/V/R (live),Valmay, Oliver Ho and Raudive. Check Ruskin’s acclaimed recent FACT mix for a taste of what to expect.
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The Alibi, Dalston – free entry, 9pm – 3am
Oneman’s Standard Place returns after its roadblocked re-launch at the Alibi last month. Two of Rinse FM’s best selectors, Brackles and Ben UFO team up for the headline set, with Martelo, Oneman and Reecha in support. As ever, the brilliant MC Asbo will be on mic.
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The Camp, Shoreditch – £5, 10pm – 4am
Alexander Nut’s radiant label take over the basement at Camp for an evening of vinyl-only sets from Floating Points, Funkineven and himself, plus live PAs from Fatima and Shaunise. Special guests are also advertised.
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Horse and Groom, Shoreditch – £4, 9pm – 4am
House-rooted clubnight sets its sights on Curtain Road’s Horse and Groom, with a headline b2b set between Bok Bok and Ben UFO (busy night for the Hessle lad, then). Support comes from reliable residents Mirror Mirror, Tomas and Paddy Freeform.
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Plan B, Brixton – £8 advance / £10 on the door, 10pm – 6am
Secretsundanze spin-off welcomes Detroit’s Patrice Scott for a night of house and techno with residents James Priestly and Giles Smith, plus Freerange’s Flori.
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Fabric, Farringdon – £10 students / £18, 10pm – 8am
Look, we all know that no matter how clued up you think you are musically, if you go too hard at a festival during the day then you’ll be quite content to dance til 8am the next morning to minimum techno, even if in the back of your mind you’re pretty sure it all sounds the same. Fabric welcome Richie Hawtin’s M-nus label to Room 1, with Marco Carola, Rhadoo and Heartthrob (live) all going the distance.
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Rhythm Factory, Whitechapel – £5 before midnight / £10 after, 10pm – 6am
Hefty trombonist Bass Clef takes his mixture of live instrumentation, digi-dub and electronica to East London’s Rhythm Factory, with support from the Greco-Roman Soundsystem, the reassuringly absurd Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and more.
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Secret Location, East London – £10, 10pm – 6am
Manchester slow disco king Mark E and the superb Move D play alongside Dolan Bergin – to find out details of the location, contact or call 07958 614 297.
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