London's hipsters don't drag themselves out of bed early on a Saturday afternoon for just any old event. Good food, good cider and GOOD music were the order of the day and delivered in the form of Field Day
festival. After a night spent celebrating the start of a looong weekend a little too hard, what could be better than wiling away a Saturday afternoon in Victoria Park, East London, enjoying some quality tunage. Field Day
Festival's become one of London's hottest festival tickets and there's a good reason for this - the music!
The organisation was unsurprisingly chaotic, security was tight and the queues resembled rugby scrums, but once inside it felt worth the effort. There was a decent selection of food on offer, to soak up the booze, at the pop-up Venn Street Market. Churros, Yaki Soba and Bodeans Barbeque gave the festival a gourmet edge making it feel a little more bijou than bargain basement. For those who like their fruit with more than a touch of alcohol, the cocktail bar was selling half yards. Early on in the evening, carnage could be witnessed, on the bars dance-floor, in the form of a selection of obscure dance moves that would have made the hacienda proud back in the day. Later it appeared that this had escalated to a mini farm style rave where bales of hay were being enjoyed by a very over excited bunch of revellers. Festivals are great for providing weird and wonderful experiences. Field Day
delivered this in abundance. Anyone know why you'd empty coffee into a portaloo sink?
The toilets were clean, the security a little uptight but let's face it, these things aren't what really matters at a festival, what's important is the atmosphere and what you're really there for is the music. This is Field Day
's trump card, delivering a cracking lineup that included Peaking Lights, Zulu Winter, Beirut, Chairlift and Django Django, to name but a few. On the main stage, Liars played to happy crowds, basking in the welcome sunshine. As the weather heated up so did the set, having started late, the set was a slow burn but eventually delivered fire. Later on, Metronomy created a jubilent early evening atmosphere that provoked sporadic yet widespread outbreaks of dancing across the field. Lobsters danced with girls I sequinned hotpants and a guy clutching a stuffed squirrel. It was quite a sight to behold!
Com Truise, one of the many personas of producer and designer Seth Haley, delivered his synth driven electronica to a loyal afternoon crowd while Canada's most hotly hyped Canadian pixie Grimes, played to a tent that was far too small for such a musical persona. Still crowds enjoyed a set that definitely lived up to the hype. Brooklyn electronicist Laurel Halo is definitely one to watch and attracted a smaller but no less intrigued crowd who were hypnotised with lush post-club ambiance. London's SBTRKT (aka Aaron Jerome) kicked the evening off with a bang over in the Bugged Out tent. Jerome's ahead of his game at the moment having remixed songs by artists such as M.I.A, Radiohead, Modeselektor, Basement Jaxx, Mark Ronson, Underworld and Drake, and he didn't disapoint an eager crowd. Following the success of the You EP, Lucky Shiner back in 2010, Essex born electronic producer Gold Panda has been receiving critical acclaim in abundance and his live set certified why.
A day of musical exploration ended under a rain cloud but this didn't dampen spirits. Victoria Park felt like the perfect setting for an afternoon of friends, fun, cider. The perfect start to a long weekend.fielddayfestivals.com
Words by Kerry Flint
Images by Jade Mellor
23:00 - 05/06/12
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