Kicking off the festival season for us was London weekender and one of our favourite festivals, FIELD DAY.
We headed down for the Saturday (Saturday the focus is on electronic music; Sunday it’s all about the bands). It seemed that the weather gods were smiling down on us, blessing us with glorious sunshine for maximum festival fun. We arrived just after 1pm with our sights firmly set on the BUGGED OUT tent where we caught the tail end of Andrew Wetherall and Daniel Avery’s B2B set. Already the tent was packed full of revellers and the feel good festival vibe was in full swing. Another mighty B2B hosted there was with techno gods Ben Klock and Macel Dettman who hammered out some hefty tunes for 2.5 hours. We also caught the superbly talented John Talabot where we were whisked away with deep melodic grooves and experimental electronica.
The layout of the festival was pretty familiar to us having been to Field Day a number of times now; the stages are easy enough to reach without too much walking and the selection and diversity of the food stalls is enough to rival the likes of Glastonbury and satisfy any hungry tummy (we opted for a Salt Beef and haloumi bagel – nom). Field Day’s regular ‘sports day’ was on for another year and throughout the day we’d take a break from dancing to watch revellers competing in old school games style competitions. The VIP area was located behind the Eat Your Own Ears stage (as per usual) and had a nice relaxed vibe with private toilets, bar, DJs, hay bales to plonk your ass down on and even a wine bar – perfect to escape the hustle and bustle of the main festival.
As well as the Bugged Out tent, we also had our eyes on the EAT YOUR OWN EARS stage where throughout the day you could catch Spector, Kindness, Todd Terje & The Olsons, Django Django and Caribou. An eclectic mix– something Field Day does well. We fluttered around the site for the day but came back to the EYOE stage to catch Mr Terje perform his album live on stage with a band and dancers (unfortunately although we love the album we found it quite slow and moved on – although we heard his ‘Inspector Norse’ performance was out of this world – a little gutted we missed that to be honest!). We were also there to catch the festival headliner – the mighty CARIBOU.
Caribou’s performance was at the top of the list for us – we had to see him perform. We’re big fans of both his aliases (his other being DAPHNI) and ‘Our Love’ has been one of our favourite albums of the past 12 months (it has been hammered on repeat by both of us). With the sun down and the stage illuminated with blue and purple lighting, the setting was perfect and the atmosphere was electric. He played tune after tune from his recent album and also went to his back catalogue and treated us to a performance of ‘Sun’. The highlight of the show had to be his rendition of ‘Can’t Do Without You’ (our favourite release from the Canadian producer), particularly as the crowd sang along in unison during that epic build – it was a real goosebump moment (check out our video).
Check out his performance at the Paris Pitchfork Music Festival last year for an idea of what we’re talking about:
Yet another great day – Field Day should be proud. It certainly is one of the best London festivals going and we can’t recommend it enough.