Festival Review: Field Day
The sound of the underground comes to London and no I dont mean Girls Aloud
The most exciting line-up of the London summer festivals was undoubtedly Field Day that hit Victoria Park on Saturday (August 11th).
Delivering the likes of Justice, Four Tet, Battles, Mystery Jets and hosts more of the most cutting edge alternative bands, solo artists and DJs around.
With a smaller capacity, more intimate staging and its commitment to music over merchandise, Field Day offered an 'outer fields Glastonbury' atmosphere which was refreshing when compared to the nasty, over saturated, corporate feel of most other London festivals this year.
Though its independence meant it suffered a few fundamental problems - it took at least an hour to get served at the bar, and a shortage of toilet facilities meant anyone who wasnt comfortable with a quick nip behind the fence was in serious trouble - it also allowed the music to take centre stage.
But enough about the bogs what about the music?
First off Fridge, the experimental ambient rock project of Four Tet and songwriter Adem (both playing solo sets later) played their first live gig in 5 years to an intimate crowd who lapped up every spacey second of their Mogwai/Sigur Ros sound.
Then after pleasing sets from acoustic songster James Yorkston and erratic rockers Foals, the first great set of the day came from the UKs own blues rockers the Archie Bronson Outfit. Their sound sits nicely between The White Stripes and Arcade Fire, and, despite technical problems, they completely blew the crowd away. Look out for these guys, they rock!
The most anticipated band of the day, Battles, then took a turn to impress with a set of utterly stunning precision rock that raised the bar completely, especially with their crowd favorite finisher, the epic single Atlas.
Mystery Jets then played a nice set, giving the crowd their first big sing-a-long of the day with The boy who ran away, before it was time for the headliners to come out and shine.
Whilst Four Tet went for the more understated approach playing an intricate set that kept the crowd guessing throughout, Justice came out to a huge lightshow and stomped their way through the massive Cross album before coming to a huge finish with the mega hit We Are Your Friends mixed in with the Klaxons hit Atlantis to Interzone which built the crowd up into a state of pure exasperated joy.
So, big queues aside, when it comes to next years never ending flow of London festivals, we can heartily recommend grabbing yourself a Field Day.