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modeselektor stopped playing because the sound was so bad. it was like background music. the weather was awful. the security guards were twats. the police were busting everyone. the toilet queues were a mile long.
i left early. waste of time and money.
away from my front door and put some weight on you indie scum.
I was going to go, but ended up selling my ticket earlier this week.
Was that the consensus view then, did many other people seem to be pissed off too?
I'm surpised to hear about the queues to, you would have hoped that they'd have ironed that problem out after last year's debacle.
Liars made it worth every penny.
Last year was wicked. Even waiting and hour in the queue for the bar and the dodgy main stage sound, there were just SO many good bands everywhere you looked.. well, I would've found it difficult to not enjoy anything with that many good bands, regardless of anything else.
doesnt look like they sorted out the toilet problem, the bars were sorted out though.
Free programs were a plus as well, better than forking out £5 for one, like at every other UK festival. The tug of war stuff was more apprant, where lasts years event seemed to be hidden away somewhere.
Shame about the stinking weather, thats what made me leave early
the queue for the WOMENS toilets were a mile long. everyone else was laughing at your lack of efficancy.
yeah, I'm a funny guy. it was bad
Gary Williams wrote
Dear Field Day,
I have just arrived home, upset, angry and disappointed from Field Day, having been forcefully ejected at 4.50pm by two meat-head bouncers because I was caught having a pee behind a tree. I was only doing this because, once again, there were not enough toilets - as was the case last year. I had just enjoyed the excellent Tunng, and was rushing to see one of my favourite bands, of Montreal. The queues for the toilets were about 100+ people long. Totally excessive. I had a quick scout about and there were plenty of people at the back of the field urinating behind trees. I joined them, only to find myself being man-handled, mid-flow by one of the aforementioned meatheads.
Gary Williams wrote
What really hurts about being thrown out and being made to look like a drug dealer in front of the queue of people waiting to get in was that there was no warning given. As you will know if you have ever been to a festival (I am 43, and have been going to them for 25 years), is that people urinate against trees. Its common practice. If you are going to apply a zero tolerance 'one piss and you're out' policy, then at least warn us that that's the policy. Why not even put it in your advertising .... "There won't be enough toilets, and you'll be thrown out if you pee against a tree. Only buy a ticket if you have a bladder the size of a watermelon. You have been warned." You might think I'm joking but I'm deadly serious.
I noticed you sorted out the bars since last year. But then again, they make money don't they?
The incontinent old fool.
i'm still in my 30's but find some peoples attitude on here towards age sickening. if he'd had said something about someones race everyone would have lynched him, but to criticise someone for their age is acceptable.
i'd like art_vandelay to explain his post further.
a joke? are you george lamb?
when about to piss against the fence.
'oi you, dont even think about it.'
'what am i supposed to do wait two hours for the toilet?'
'yeh. deal with it.'
'no, you should deal with the fact people will piss here.'
'i'll throw you out!'
i walked off and pissed by a tree when his back was turned.
I always think that there'd be an extensive market for an event security firm who had the USP of only hiring people who AREN'T cunts.
bookmarked it for some lolz when i need 'em.
I saw that this morning, too...
Irony five! Anyone? No?
there were men's urinals which were pretty much always empty - he shouldn't have pissed on the tree.. he deserved to get thrown out..
the sound and weather massively dampened things and the toilets were a joke (which would be funny if I wasn't busting for the loo)
I dodged a bullet by not being there. That said, I'm sure I'd rather have been there than at work.
awful, awful weather. Just horrendouns. Rained non stop for 6 hours. I feel sorry for EYOE. Other than the toilet queues it was a pretty decent event and they'd obviously made a big effort to make ammends for last year. The sound wasn't great but certainly not terrible by any means. But it was just a horrid day. Standing around in a field in driving rain just aint fun. Les Savy Fav just about lifted the spirits and Alasdair Roberts was decent but yeah, it was a pretty wretched day.
at about 3pm i saw two security guards quickly approach somebody peeing against the perimeter fence. they grabbed him from either side and dragged him off kicking and screaming. it was aggressive and unpleasant. about ten minutes earlier i'd queued over half an hour to use the toilets. i still can't believe what i saw.
day itself mostly disappointing. mainly due to the weather, but also nasty clashes and long periods where nothing good was on at all. the sound on the outdoor stages was awful. and not enough toilets. by no means a disaster, but i don't think i'll go next year.
The weather was terrible, but there's nothing that could be done about that. But, although it's just a bit of water, it really does make a difference to the atmosphere, especially when the crowd is made up of dicks with umbrellas. I mean, how much intelligence does it take to work out that a hooded mac is going to be much more practical for everyone else in a crowd at a festival?
- the bars seemed to be sorted.
- the toilets weren't. The queues were huge. To the extent that they had to rearrange the layout of the toilet blocks half way through the afternoon to accommodate all the people lining up. Having said that, the queues did seem to disappear later on (perhaps half the crowd had left)
- there were notices all over the fences saying 'if you urinate against this fence, you will be ejected'. At one point there were hundreds of guys breaking this rule and scores of girls using umbrellas as modesty screens.
- They gave out programmes for free this year. Good. The programmes had the old timetable in them. Understandable. At no point though, was it mentioned that there had been a revision to the timetable; there were no correct timetables available on site; and there weren't even the latest timetables pinned up around the Adventures... tent (where Dan Deacon and the Field were due to play). I had the print out from DiS from this morning, but I saw hundreds of people trying, and failing, to use the programmes to schedule their day.
- the village area was more evident, which was good.
- the food was much better, the queues shorter and the choice for vegetarians and vegans was at least passable.
- it was full of absolute, grade A cunts. I ended up spending nearly all of my time at the Homefires stage as it seemed to be the least cuntified place, and the guy running it was lovely. Jeffrey Lewis and King Creosote were the only bands that weren't made significantly worse by being surrounded by loud, braying tossers.
- that said, I though that Laura Marling (once they turned her sound up), Emma Pollock, Pictish Trail, and Efterklang were very good. Jeffrey Lewis was excellent, and King Creosote was wonderful, with a lovely, lovely crowd too.
there were a load of cunts about. But then it was in East London and Foals were playing. What did you expect?
But I kinda hoped that they'd spend their time 'being seen' and socialising away from the stages...
Naive, I know.
really enjoyed seeing her and it was great to see Adem looking after the homefires stage. It's a shame there isn't an actual homefires festival this year - I really enjoy them.
I didn't have my glasses on, and just thought it was a friendly, speccy, bald guy.
That explains why it was awesome then.
Agree with most of this.
I'll give nod to Adem's Home Fire stage too. I'd already decided to spend most of the day there (although the time for King Creosote change three times and in the end, the two hour wait in the rain did not have enough bands to appeal to me, already feeling rough from a cold).
Nothing that the organisers could do about the weather, of course.
The toilets may have been more available but they certainly were not more accessible, since it was not long before the male/female queues for cubicles blocked the entrance to the urinals. Lovebox - larger crowd, at the same venue the other week - had queues of 30 people at most.
The bars were excellent this year, and perhaps last year's beer queue problems managed to stem the flow of people to the toilets ?
The sound was also much much better.
If Home Fires moves from the Conway Hall permanently to Field Day I will be back. Otherwise, I can't think of a reason to try again.
That's the drowned bit sorted out, how about the sounds ?
Highlights for me were Tunng, Pictish Trail and Jeffrey Lewis. I watched all of the HF stage acts until I retired for the evening, for at least a couple of songs. Sad to miss Alasdair Roberts and King Creosote, but I'll see them plenty more times.
Of Montreal and Laura Marling suffered from poor sound at first, but catching the ends of their sets things improved.
I could not get into the tents for people sheltering from the rain.
If last year was 3/10 for organisation, 8/10 for the acts, this year was 5/10 and 7/10.
i sold my ticket a week or so ago, choosing instead to go on holiday for a couple of days. i would have been miserable in this weather though. also what a piss-take (ha ha) about the toilet issue, i remember how bad it was last year, you would think they could have fixed it.
ha ha indeed.
was pleasantly surprised by Noah And The Whale. Tunng were cool also, and loved Efterklang. Some of The Notwist was good also, but they do too many long extra bits in their songs now, which bores me.
But yes, the weather was goddamn awful. Such a shame. & the toilet situation seemed pretty bad (although I didn't go last year, so not sure how it compared), so I just held it in until I came home (after Notwist- there wasn't anyone else I was desparate to see later on).
But my biggest annoyance was the timetabling. I'm glad I had the updated timetable, but seeing the old timetables still stuck up for all to see (fair enough in the programmes, but by the stages?!) still showing the old times? At least the Homefires stage had it amended at some point. Really wish they could have just replaced Lightspeed Champion on Homefires (either with someone doing a second performance, or even Adem doing a set), instead of messing up the timetables for the whole day.
Anyway. Again I say. Efterklang were great. Which I shall focus on.
First the tunes: Laura Marling did amazingly with her all too brief set (in light of at least two withdrawals, how come her set was 15 mins shorter than originally billed?), Jeffrey Lewis was ace, Efterklang were weird and wonderful, which is just as well as Les Savvy Fav looked like they were going to be pretty great, too. All of these were in spite of the weather.
I think credit has to go to the organisers for addressing the issues from last year.
Sound, lay-out, bar and food facilities were all better. The toilet situation looked pretty sketchy again, but then I got the impression there were even more people there.
people then last time.
that's what they were expecting based on ticket sales - I would be suprised if 75% of tickets turned up..
My main beef is with anyone with an umbrella. If this means you, please read on.
Did it not dawn on you that your big fucking nylon tit on a stick would obscure the view of dozens of people behind you? It so obviously smacks of I'm-all-right-jack-ness, and you really have no defence.
And of course, because you were not alone in your pig bastard ignorance, you were generally joined by a good number of your fellow selfish cunts, ensuring a good proportion of the crowd had only a partial view at best.
Buy a fucking raincoat, you arseholes.
and an umbrella pissed me off more !
When walking around the site ad when in a crowd when it was already evident I was not able to see, and there was no deep crowd behind me.
I took it down when in deeper - Les Savy Fav, Wild Beasts.
Considerate umbrella user = me.
I feel sorry for EYOE that it rained so much - many people today moaning about a few factors of the festival would have no doubt had a more enjoyable time if the sun had been out.
but we were alright, jack
ha ha ha
the point was, for that gig we were pretty near the back and couldn't see anything for toffee anyway for umbrellas, people and distance. when we were down the front for something like Of Montreal or King Creosote, obviously the umbrellas came down then, that would have just been deeply arrogant
i've no problem with umbrellas if you're so far back you'd hardly be able to see anything anyway
maybe. Everyone looks the same though.
See also: Massive flags. If you want your mates to find you, use something slightly more discreet and original. When theyve found you, take it the fuck down. But of course, thats not why you had it in the first place you attention seeking waste of semen.
although i can never see anything at festivals anyway because of my height (a perfectly average 5'6) and because there always seem to be very tall, sweaty men in front of me which is something i've come to accept. the music's still good though eh?
Not ONCE did anyone ask me to put it down - if they had have asked me to do so and explained why, I would certainly have obliged and taken it down.
One word - COMMUNICATE. And I mean at the time, not later on some message board!
bars were fine
food was fine
programme was fine
sound was better, but not brilliant
toilets were as bad as ever
weather was shocking
i left after les savy fav as the weather had been relentless, and i wasn't in the mood for hanging around for foals.
i didn't have a great time. not the organisers' fault, but my plans for a chilled day sitting down listening to a few bands never came to fruition.
and the lsf/efterklang and of montreal/jeff lewis clashes were very annoying
it was pretty damp. We avoided toilets so i can;t comment on that. Bars seemed ok though.
Kevin Barnes trashed his guitar.. he didnt look please
homefires stage was clearly the best place to be
the toilets were a bit of a shambles, but the bar was very quick, the food fine but expensive, the sound mostly good, the line-up mostly good, the weather, pretty terrible.
Howling Bells were pretty ace
Of Montreal were great fun, great band to be down the front for even if they did kinda spoil it by playing the steaming shitheap that is "The Past Is A Grotesque Animal"
Efterklang were very good, and looked to be really enthusiastic about the music which made me smile
King Creosote was wonderful, and amusing and all in all good
Fionn Regan was as special as I expected, "Be Good Or Be Gone" was a great way to finish it.
my experience was positive, though it didn't seem like the best organised thing
If he's on at a festival, get there for 12 minutes before the end of his set. Job's a goodun'.
It's their best track by a country mile and it was the highlight of my (sodden wet) day
The Past Is A Grotesque Animal? I despair, I really do.
What did their new stuff sound like?
But very poppy, kind of like the pop side of New Order.
photographing all day in the pissing rain actually hurts after a while. My shoulders really are gonna break.
Apart from the weather, having to work and drinks being London prices (what did i expect?) i thought it was cool.
I missed Jeffrey Lewis AGAIN that makes about eight attempts to see him and success rate still NIL. Gutted.
But yeah Les Savy fav and Wild Beasts being highlights.
It was fucking awesome. The problem with the toilets is that girls and boys were in the same queue, there were constantly urinals free but boys were waiting behind girls (see obvious flaw). Could've been made a little clearer, I guess.
Sound was pretty good, bit patchy but not enjoyment spoiling as it was a little last year, bars were good, doughnuts were six for three quid.
The Field was outstanding (see: crowd standing unimpressing (cunt fuck security fucking yawning the twat faced fuck) to all of the front row dancing to techno - spot on) and Emma Pollock is a little cutie ain't she, bless her.
I guess a lot of the 'early reviews' here were from people who actually left early, which might explain the bias. I had literally no complaints about the event (thought Savy Fav sounded a bit shit like, mind), except that there is only one of me and SMD and Foals were on SIMULTANEOUSLY.
All the schedules I used were correct, although I was mostly checking one I downloaded from 'tinternet.
Blah, too long: THUMBS UP FROM ME. Bye.
The 'Final' timetable that I have had him/them down for 18.45 in the Adventures... tent, just before the Notwist. And I waited, and waited, and then went to see Efterklang.
And the toilets: I don't know why guys were waiting in the girls queue (?to keep them company?), but at one point the queues were so bad that girls were told to queue for the guys cubicles too, which is where the backlog started. It wasn't long after this that they moved everything around and set up the barriers, which seemed to help.
Yeah, the final timetable I had said that too whch was a bit annoying. The big LCD screen next to the main stage was correct though (it showed the times for that stage intermittently), he was in his original place, between Les Savy Fav and Foals.
Yeah. Problem is, while girls were queuing for the guys area, there were guys waiting behind them when they didn't need to because there was a third queue which was gents only cuz there were So Many urinals free. Shame really.
not amazing, but i went with low expectations. the layout with far far far better than last year, and the bars absolutely fine - even had plenty of bitter which is a novelty for a festival these days. i'm disappointed to see so many overly negative comments, but then again it is a different experience for everyone.
every stage i went to the sound was poor as people as said - i can understand low volume, that's part of the liscencing, but the balance in Adventures Tent was awful - just all bass and the sound on the main stage was inconsistent at best and the balances terrible.
i saw huge queues for the ladies' toilets which was a shame as it looked like they had plenty (though obviously not nearly enough) - but never saw queues for the urinals, so was very very disappointed to see blokes pissing all over the place (a bit different to the guy who was thrown out if there was a large queue then... but I saw people pissing on the fences when I was able to walk right to the urinals.
Anyways, as for the music:
Noah and the Whale - the sound was terrible and that spoiled it sadly. There were good though, although I'm not sure the larger sound/stage suits them.
Pictish Trail - He was ok - although strikes me as a little smug, or overates himself.
Emma Pollock - Better than I expected, good set, if very poppy and good to see some guitar work form a singer-songwriter that wasn't solely simply chords/fingerpicking.
Modeselektor - Ruined by poor sound which meant the atmosphere was dead with everyone simply chattering away - they threw in a remix of Dull Flame of Desire where they lip-synced the words
Of Montreal - Ace! Loved it, I'm sure they've done far better shows, but it was great fun and finished with Grotesque Animal and Kevin smashing his guitar up!
Lightspeed Champion - Patchy to be honest, I enjoyed bits of it, but he seemed to hint the crowd weren't into it, but he didn't give us much to work with really.
Efterklang - Saw a bit, but couldn't see because of all the umbrellas, so kinda wandered off and caught the end again. Seriously, if it's going to rain at a concert bring a rain coat not an umbrella. And to plenty of people I saw, if you have a rain coat, you do not need to have an umbrella up also!
King Creosote - Good fun again and good relaxed crowd interaction
Foals - Really good, I was really far back (near the sound desk) where it was very sparse, but loads of people were dancing away. Far better than Latitude, which made me hesitant at seing them on a large outdoor stage again.
but seemed better organised bar wise...the toilet queues were huge though and some of the sound was pretty bad according to what a few people told me.
the worst things were the cancellations and lineup changes resulting in clashes and the awful weather. and the amount of complete twats in the crowd throwing beer cans at les savy fav when one of the bands kids was on stage. still jeffrey lewis and LSF ace as expected.
Dang, there were so many lovelies i didn't get to see... :( and yes I'm still grumbling about Jeffrey Lewis! I love him and everything. One day I'll see him.. then the world will collapse upon itself as it is not meant to be.
I have many photos of Dev/Lightspeed Champion looking at me like he wants to kill me.
cos most of the people i would have wanted to see cancelled and the weather was so bad. he was reaaaally good, i'd not seen him before. did some of my faves from the crass record, and will oldham and a few others.
got irritating midget hipster bitches putting up an umbrella between my face and the entire stage during LSF. if you're reading this, i hate you. thanks.
Umbrellas: Epic fail
Rain macs & cagoules FTW!
even if i didnt have a cagoule i'd rather get wet than put up my umbrella in front of someones face. SCUM.
as per my comment on efterklang!
lucyjay - i thing you may have briefly sat right on front of me on the rail when photographing Emma Pollock and Lightspeed Champion - if you were the person with the long black coat?
of brandon lee from the crow, but more goth.
SMD were great.
Tunng and Laura Marling also good.
weather was shit.
no mystery jets.
waited an hour for the field and he didnt appear.
i wore flip flops.
Sound was poor for Of Montreal (and they played that really long song at the end of their set)
Not enough to do... kept going back to the End Poverty tent to play more giant connect4.
was enjoying of montreal until i saw lightspeed champion with his stupid fucking hat backstage. cunt
blame anyone else for your wearing flipflops can you?
I was the hideous midget in a red and black chequered hoodie (note: NO UMBRELLA!)
I looked more like a bedragled weasel than a goth.
Although Tim Harrington choreographing a synchronised umbrella dance was pretty special.
had plenty o toilets. Never a problem.
but no booze (officially, at least)
X TROO TIL DETH X
in a water bottle!
Though I laughed that the bars had already been set up but were closed off!
Bear with me.
I woke up at 6am to ge tthe 7am train from Worcetser to London Paddington. I left after Les Savy Fav to get the train home. Yes, I passed out on the train home and had to be woken by the driver. I'm not ashamed!
I saw Wild Beasts. They were great, and I can see what the hype was all about.
I saw the Mae Shi. Infuckingcredible
The bars - about ten times as much bar space as last year - including a TENT which was ideal given the weather
Merch stands - I'm a happy owner of HLLYYH now
The general vicinity of Mile End Station - Great BK and a cafe that does great pints
Magistrates. Ok, it's pissing down outside, you'll do.
Les Savy Fav. Normally, I love you. In this environment, with the sound being so shit, and being pissed on, I mearly like you.
Of Montreal - see above.
Modeselektor - see above.
Filthy Dukes - OH MY GOD JUST SHUT UP YOU'RE SHIT
Toilets and stories I've read about people being chucked out - this is horrible, I did see the queues getting ridiculously longer through the day and went in the portocabins which were Glasto bad - but being a bloke ignored all this and went wherever and had a laugh about it. Saw no security.
Basically, Field Day did so much better with site layout and especially with bar provisions, but, and I cannot state this enough, THE SOUND WAS SO FUCKING SHIT that after this, my 2nd field day, I will never return
and don't know where the station is? wtf? but yeah ditto about the BK, I'm pretty sure there isn't one near there.. :/
no, you're right, the BK was in Paddington station. The café was off the grove road, about halfway between the station and victoria park
they certainly seemed more fun, interesting and energetic when i saw them at the DiS gig either earlier this year or last year...whenever it was
you totally chatted to me for a few seconds
I was pretty messed up by then. Plus I was in awe of the 'tash!
the cat's in the cupboard and he can't catch me.
Jeff Lewis was great, as were pretty much everyone I saw, Wild Beasts were great but there wasn't a great deal of people watching, ah well.
The rain was a bit of a shit, but I just wore this white one I picked up from a restaurant in Norway last year, did the trick....
LSF were good. Hawtin was ok, but never again...
The weather was the main downer this time, but I much preferred the smaller scale of last year.
Mae Shi, Simian were good. Les Savy Fav were great. Of montreal were terrible. The rain sucked loads. But apart from that cool. I think i sat in the same carriage as brusma on the tube home.
Good sets from LSF, of Montrela and Benga. The queueing for toilets didn't seem to be a problem if you just wanted to use the urinal. Sound was at times shocking and the general organisation of stage times (changes, no correct timetables handed out) was a little strange.
bars = adequate
toilets = ridiculously few, but not a problem for those with the y chromosome or those aware of the disabled toilets
weather = shit
music = mostly good
of montreal = absolutely shit sound so gave up
les savy fav = personal favourite, though bias present as had seen the mae shi before
apologies to the notwist and bands thereafter; the weather was against you
Ha, yeah, clicking about the disabled was a bit of a saving grace. We watched a few people use it with a mounting sense of eureka. Good times.
they did better with most things this year but the sound was so bad on the main stage, LSF were just ridiculously quiet and when i pretty much loudly joined in saying "meet me where the sweat descends" my voice drowned out the sound from the PA speakers. plus some random bint kept on woo-ing during the field for no reason.
i enjoyed it but couldn't be arsed in the end. and yes, umbrella scum should be thrown out, i had to push one out of my face a few times during LSF until they reluctantly put it down
It was an odd one really. It was much better organised, but the weather just ruined it for me a bit. I wish I hadn't moaned about the sun so much last year.
The Notwist were fantastic.
I managed to piss, and/or get a beer within 5 minutes every time.
The Mae Shi, in the Tent, and doing Run to Your Grave acapella in the myspace Bus thing were just brilliant. Easily the best thing I saw all day
Les Savy Fav were ok. Considering on the other two occasions I've seen them they've been brilliant, they just didn't quite pull it off. When the heavens opened about 3 songs in, I just felt my spirits drop, which had a lot to do with it.
Missing Noah and the Whale.
I seemed to spent a lot of time wandering round trying to fid something I actually wanted to see. Particularly before 5. The lineup just seemed a bit weaker earlier on in the day this year.
Finding out Bernie Mac is dead.
Being too knackered to see foals
Shame about Modeselektor's sound, it was shockingly bad, they gave it their best but decided to give up in the end. The Mae Shi were, as ever, confusing, funny and fucking brilliant. Their parachute got a bit mauled though. Les Savy Fav were SUPERB, I was by the right speakers at the front and had no qualms about the sound. Tim Harrington was on top form, and is easily the best frontman I have ever witnessed. Richie Hawtin went from average to utterly incredible in 20 minutes, so glad to have finally seen him. Foals were good for two songs, and then I realised that all their songs sound the same. Of Montreal really bored me, and had to piss off after two songs. The queues for the bar were no problem, but the toilets was another matter. The rain was a bit of a bummer but it's only water, no one's going to die. I had lots of fun, I'm definitely going next year!
I wasn't *that* bothered - most of the bands I wanted to see, I'd seen before, and obviously the weather was a bit of a downer, but still, I liked the idea of things being really shit then having the likes of The Mae Shi and Les Savy Fav coming along to lift spirits. Hopefully next year the weather will be just as bad.
Saved my day I think..
I was so sad that I couldn't hear Laura..
Right. Very indie, has improved a lot, expanded, better stages better placed. RAIN RAIN RAIN RAIN. if it didn't rain non stop it would have been really fun I think, they improved it lots. Also if there were any attractive people there, except for that one guy I hallucinated. I liked jeffery lewis, efterklang( I think) etc. Also I thought it was funny that the first thing I saw was another GIGANTIC queue for the toilets. However everyone seemed joyous and there was an entire wall of bars so I guess they sorted out the alcohol. In summary: much improved but sabotaged by spectacularly shit weather. In the words of one guy "where is the summer?"
as our hotly anticipated date.
I want stats on how many people were there, it seemed about 10,000 more than before.
I asked him to and he said he would. I'll be pissed off if he didn't.
maybe ask fishplums what i whinged at him about for, like, half an hour.
something to do with how i'm not used to COMMERCIAL festivals + im too important to queue 4 toilets + the mae shi were bad and it broke my heart totally + i hate people.
but THEN i saw the notwist and foals and they were both good and i danced and it was ok.
but i'm only ever going to ATP and indietracks and DIY shows/benefits from now on LOL.
they definitely deserve another chance from what Ive seen of them
she's seen them like ten times or something. she's mentioned it before and goes on about them.
as an aside, i saw them recently and thought they were one of the most boring bands i've ever seen.
terrorbird is my favourite album evah. i've seen them loads of times but this time they lacked pace and obvs the sound was festival crap. and there were these twats in front of me taking pictures of themselves all the way through. it made me die inside.
their set was unbelievable - 30x better than those london shows a few months ago
I'd never listened to Wild Beasts, but really enjoyed them. of Montreal were great. Les Savy was ruined by everyone with an umbrella. Seriously, MAN THE FUCK UP! It's a bit of water, we live in England, can we not just deal with it for one day?! Efterklang were awesome. Then I went home.
My overall verdict? The people with umbrellas ruined the day for me. I couldn't have cared less that it was raining. There were some great bands on and that should have been enough to see people through the day. Surely that's why people were there in the first place? It just meant that as a whole you couldn't see a thing, or enjoy a set for fear of moving incase you got an umbrella in your eye. The toiler situation was a joke, but I just cocked my leg wherever I could. Classy.
From the huge queues for overpriced food, the shit weather, the HUGE number of CUNTS everywhere, the sound being poo a few times, Modeselektor fucking off, the police being CUNTS and asking searching people with rolling tobacco for "anything they shouldn't have", people beng chucked out for pissing, too many things I wanted to see clashing, and no girls that wanted to marry me, I actually enjoyed it. I'm thinking that next year they have to sort out all the bullshit bad stuffs, so I'll probably go again.
Not sure how the organisers can find me a wife though.
The sound in your massive yet still overcrowded tent was appalling. acts like modeselektor or Richie hawtin need bass. And the high bits were bouncing around the tent making all the music sound like breakcore. If it really is noise restrictions, rather than a cheap, shitty sound system, can I suggest you fuck off back to T bar and stop wasting everyone's time.
Love and kisses
I was in 3 different places throughout his set, no complaints about the sound at all. The bass was definitely there.
there was a bit of bass by the speaker stack but mostly it was just the sound of the snare echoing round the room. Plus it was full of total tossers
If I was deaf surely I'd be complaining about the volume like yourself? I was at the front, the sound was great, no wankers where I was, although it was insanely packed.
Like everyone else said the toilet queues were a absolute joke. The sound on the main stage was terrible (During Les Savy Fav I seemed to be singing louder than the band sounded at one point which was worrying), as was the sound on the other stages.
The umbrella brigade were rather annoying - couldn't have told you if Laura Marling was actually playing at times, couldn't hear pretty much anything or see anything (was dead in front of the sound desk). Basically people with umbrella's - man the fuck up, its only a bit of water.
Wild Beasts - guys voice annoyed me a lot so headed off to see White Lies who were rather good. Saw 10 minutes of Modeselektor but the sound was crap so left, caught the last 15 minutes of Laura Marling which again the sound was crap.
Of Montreal's sound quality ruined them. The Mae Shi were fun / confusing / ace, shame the people in front of me spent the whole fucking time with their backs to the band chatting!
Les Savy Fav - vocals were way to quiet at times, but it was still great. Had a good dance around with loads of people down the front, seen them play better shows but it was worth going just to see them again. Disappointed they didn't play 'We'll make a lover' but oh well.
Doubt I'll be back next year.
dissapointed by Of Montreal? Have never seen them before so don't know what their live performances are like at a indoor venue. Just felt the dull wishy washiness failed to inspire. Should have seen Jeffrey Lewis.
Les Savy Fav and the Mae Shi on the other hand, were amazing
I thought that The Mae Shi were good but not as much fun as I'd been expecting. Les Savy Fav were fucking amazing and Tim Harrington threw his microphone to me after 'what would wolves do' so I got to do some howling. The rain didn't put me off at all. The Notwist were alot better than when I saw them at Primavera. I don't remember much of Foals but that's probably because I snuck into the VIP area and stole a massive bottle of gin (yeah I am fucking cool). The rain was annoying as I'd expected to do what I did last year which was sit under the trees with a box of wine and pootle around watching bands but that's not the organisers fault. I pissed on a fence and a bin because I couldn't be bothered to queue, fortunatley I wasn't manhandled by anyone though.
I only had to use the toilets once, and that was just before Foals so literally I just walked straight into a Portaloo, no queue or anything. The bars took no time at all to get to, and all served me despite I'm 16. Added bonus.
The weather was fucking miserable, granted, but I brought a big yellow raincoat and hiking boots so I wasn't too fussed. Music-wise:
Wild Beasts 7.5/10 - They were brilliant as usual, but the sound was weak and the crowd for the most part seemed nonplussed.
Modeselektor N/A/10 - This was the biggest letdown of the day, though seeing it from a DJ's perspective they coped very well with a clearly appalling soundsystem. The bass on their final track was evidently too squelchy to handle.
Crookers 8.5/10 - I decided to forgo both Of Montreal and The Mae Shi, but it was so worth it. The sound at the front was excellent, their set was tremendous and the crowd were absolutely loving it. Bass-fueled magic.
Les Savy Fav 6.5/10 - Disappointing. The set just didn't seem as well constructed as their Astoria gig in Feb, the sound was pretty awful, they weren't as tight as usual and the weather didn't help matters.
The Notwist 7/10 - As someone mentioned before, it was bogged down by random electronic spasms and break-downs here and there. I had no idea what to expect, having only ever heard 'Pilot' before, but it was really sublime in parts and quite poor in others. And their decision to close with the aforementioned Pilot, one of my favourite songs of recent times, was the pinnacle of my day.
Benga 8/10 - Have I already used the phrase 'bass-fueled magic'? Because this was just absurd by the end; it started out weak and from 'Night' onwards just kept rising through the roof.
So, a mixed bag. Far from the disaster most people are citing, but not the best day ever. A 7/10 overall, I'd say.
there was nothing heavy this year! (Hence me not going)
Are you like a reverse-spambot?
If a bit shouty. It was crud.
tried to enjoy myself but it seemed impossible at times. So many ABSOLUTE idiots around, poor sound nearly all the time, much worse than last year if memory serves me correctly. Bar and food sorted, toilets for men were fine if a little confrontational.
They seemed to oversell the event though, I know the rain forced everyone into the tents but there were still masses of people outside most of the time and the big top tent was a joke, you literally could not move from the moment you walked in. Music wise: I can't say I enjoyed one set in entirety. Holden and Hawtin - too many idiots sweating and monkeying around to make it listenable. Did anyone notice that the back speakers and front speakers were a fraction of a beat out of sync meaning a strange happening in both ears was taking place during Hawtin (I thought he was meant to be good - became so wearyingly repetitive after a while and the visual elements were little more than irrelevant attempts at visualising the music. Boring). Most exciting part of the day - watching the moronic security people trying to stop people having a piss on the fence in the face of a tidal wave of drunk louts waving their members about.
Which made the whole sit around see a few bands laid-back day idea impossible.
Bands were rather quiet in tents and all but inaudible on the mainstage. I was down the front for LSF and people singing along next to me were louder than the vocals and at times people doing that slightly silly (if understandable) vocalising-guitar/bass part thing all-but drowned out the actual guitars and bass. That's not right.
Toilets were alright urinal wise, except the signposting was entirely inadequate, I didn't even know they existed (or assumed that if they did the massive queue still had to be done) until I'd had at least 1 security guard baiting outdoor wizz, security guards were good at carting people off, not good at explaining to people that, actually, if you just walk over there, there are urinals free. Which you know, I'm sure most people would've done. Equally, there's no way all the guys I saw in various queues were waiting for numero 2's. No way.
I did also spend much of the day feeling very sick, but that was me n Friday night's fault.
For starters let me address all the people moaning about the weather - DEAL WITH IT! This was hardly the fault of the organisers and if you had bothered to check the weather forecast you would have known that it was going to rain so you would have brought a coat with you. All festivals pretty much get hit by rain and people deal with it, just because you are in East London don't expect any difference.
Yes toilets were a bit of a screw up and people had to piss on fences (personally I never got in trouble for this) but it was better than last year. In case so security fucked you over? Well duh it's fucking security, when have they ever tried to treat you nice. Lesson from this one, if you are gonna break the rules don't get caught!
Band wise Noah & the Whale, Of Montreal and Tunng were really good but the end of Les Savy Fav followed by Richie Hawtin really did it for me. Having neither seen either before and being near the fron for LSF and by the speaker for Hawtin (so I got good sound) maybe my view is a bit biased but I loved them both and in my view they made the whole thing worth going to and a jolly good day out.
So that's my view but hey I enjoyed 2007 so maybe I don't really count...
efterklang, jeffrey lewis and chunky chips
didn't drink cos i didn't want to queue for the toilets!
pics of aforementioned bands: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ohmystars
Plus the pre-Notwist singalong tent atmosphere -
Simply the best
2 can play that game
Rewind (the crowd say bo-selecter)
I usually can't stand them, but that was the one point in the day when everybody around me was really, really enjoying themselves.
mainly because of the weather, and the absolute abundance of complete, unbelievable twats everywhere. but eyoe can't really be blamed for either of them. having said that, both factors pretty much spoiled the day. also, the timetables were a mess, it was way confusing.
the sound was pretty rubs. it all just sounded too muddy and quiet, especially on the main stage.
ps. how good were the field. wish their set had been longer. even if the sound did cut out half way through.
Notwist were marvellous, it was the first time i've seen them and i hadn't anticipated the noise/improv bits at all.. the end of pick up the phone almost sounded like old 65daysofstatic.. and the song from shrink (which i can't remember the name of) was great too..
The Field? Hawtin? Holden?
Nobody's mentioned them and they were the reasons I wanted to go. After reading this I think I had a better day staying in and watching films.
The Field were one of my highlights along with the Mae Shi and Jeffrey Lewis.
It was better than I expected (planned all along not to drink too much and so not to need the loo). The rain was a bit of a downer, but that wasn't the festival organisers' fault. Shame about the acts who dropped out before hand, and leaving the line up in a bit of chaos - never knowing who it is that I was about to see.
Again, also shame about the twats in the audience, but you probably get that at every London show :(
since the reason i avoided Field Days own was the price from last year...
(now i know they were free i am kicking myself.)
The Field was my main attraction - was absolutely gutted he/they'd 'canceled and no-one had been informed'... then to come on here and realise he/they were on the main stage all along is gutting.
"ps. how good were the field. wish their set had been longer. even if the sound did cut out half way through."
Having never heard him before, it was like having sex, but starting off feeling not at all randy, then having the best ejaculation ever. Or something. Basically he was awesome!
weather was shit for most of it, but i just spent a lot of time in the tents. filty dukes were the most transparent LCD Soundsystem rip off in history, of Montreal were completely scuppered by utterly terrible sound apart from She's A Rejector and The Past Is A Grotesque Animal, which were great. saw graham29 on stage :)
the mae shi were utterly unbelievable and completely made up for everything else. les savy fav were great, great crowd down the front apart from the guy who started pissing on the floor. cunt.
The Field was pretty great, foals very enjoyable if samey, bars were ok.
i pissed on a fence in front of the police as i had no idea there was any rule agains it. they were having a go at some women for squatting behind umbrellas, which seemed pretty unfair.
It was good fun I thought, weather aside. the sound is always going to be iffy in a public park, accept that. I dont think it was terrible, just a bit too quiet. I only really noticed it being dodgy for les savy fav, but they're more about jumping around and shouting than standing cross-armed wondering if you the bass is too low or whatever.
The toilet queues were looong but moved pretty quickly, from what I could tell it looked like they were caused mainly by the fact guys didn't seem to know there were urinals (or they couldn't hold their shit in) Didn't notice security being cunts, that is pretty bad.
The only problem I thought was the size of the tents. It was almost impossible to get in (and then be able to dance) to see Richie Hawtin and Modeselektor.
it wasn't too bad getting in, if you got past the initial squeeze at the back of the tent you could get quite far in. I think it suffered from people just going in to get out of the rain as opposed to wanting to hear the music.
was the only thing I really got into all day to be honest. He was fucking brilliant, and loud too which was a relief. The Field were great, but it was just too quiet. If you can comfortably talk to one another over the music whilst dancing at the front, then its not really going to work regardless of how good the music is. Very frustrating.
Bits of the Mae Shi were good, but kinda underwhelming overall. Sad as when I've seen them previously they've been ace. Getting totally dicked around by not announcing that The Field had been put back on the main stage was really annoying, ended up missing half of Les Savy Fav too which was annoying.
Still, always nice to drink many Cold Beer Only's with pals in a park. Pity about the rain, but it was hardly the end of the world.
in the bloggers tent down in the corner, near the bugged out tent. It was good in there, quite packed in and a decent atmosphere + good volume. I didn't see much blogging going on though
but there were about ten people between us, and we'd worked damn hard to get right at the front, but i still feel bad for not shouting "yoohoo, alcxxk!" :P
I had a great time! Apart from the weather, but that's not EYOE's fault, and I had a mac. It was a massive improvement on last year. Plenty of bars, pretty good line-up (although the clashes were annoying), the villagey stuff was fun, good food, all great. I queued for 15 minutes at most for the loo, but what's the problem with that? I've done the same as Truck. If it's sunny next year, it'll be totally brill.
I didn't go last year so I can't comment on improvement much but I didn't wait for drinks any longer than five minutes, went to the loo in the urinals several times without more than a two minute weight. The only time that one of my female friends had to queue for more than 15 mins for the loo was around four so I didn't think it was that bad at all considering.
Plenty of twats braying during the sets and the usual people there for the sake of being there. Umbrella hate I co-sign.
Musically Noah and The Whale was quiet but a pleasant enough start. Magistrates were not all that but have sullied themselves in my mind with the horrendous last song they played. Ugh.
Howling Belles I enjoyed but was too quiet to really get into. Wild Beasts were OK but after everyone who knew them slagged them off I defended the album over the MySpace demos that had put people off and we had a hung jury after the set which I count as a win.
Heard bits of White Lies while dicking around in the Village Mentality which I would have enjoyed just a little more if not for the weather, oh well.
Laura Marling was very quiet and the umbrellas were incredibly annoying here, I have seen her plenty of times though but had it been a first I'd have been narked. Mae Shi was OK but I wasn't in the mood for it and they didn't seem quite on top form.
Pure Pies were not as good as they were at Glastonbury. Didn't work out until this point that the pints at Amersham Arms were better value than the cans.
Efterklang were magical, highlight of the day. King Creosote was also very enjoyable. Foals were alright, a bit samey but the drummer was keeping it going.
So the only drawbacks for me were minor irritations to be honest. Might go next year depending on line-up.
Efterklang, Howling Bells fantastic, Mae Shi pretty fun (especially in a bus), Of Montreal hit-and-miss (She's A Rejector was monumental though), Laura Marling decent enough. Bars, sound quality and layout were much better, only faults were the weather, the twatty Hoxton crowd and the toilets- two out of three which weren't the organiser's fault. If the line-up's good, I'll happily go again next year.
complaints about the urinals, i could see the signs every time. however, people that get upset about seeing someone piss against a fence need to sort themselves out.
pints were worse value than cans, mitchell: £3.30 for can, £3.80 for pint. the pint tasted watery, also.
lots of good music, would go again.
and cans 440ml for £3.30. I was drinking the ale which wasn't that watered down.
phone didn't work.
les savy fav were amazing.
Didn't turn up till about 3pm, but saw a few good sets and enjoyed the vibe. Granted, the weather was crap most of the day, but it's no worse than Glasto, and in this situation the place didn't flood and make it unbearable.
Anyway, I saw Jeffrey Lewis, Crookers, Brodinski, LSF, some of The Field, half of Foals, and the end of SMD's set. Really enjoyed Foals and SMD. Shame it was pissing it down during LSF but they put on a decent show. Highlight of the day though was probably this:
Jeffrey Lewis doing the acid song.
was that security took your ticket on entrance and there weren't any available to take on the way out - ah well, i got a free program
they just scanned it and gave me it back!
I missed them because my timetable had them scheduled to play in the Adventures tent. Grr..
The Field was posted wrong on my schedule, bladdy DIS schedules..
The Field was my main attraction - was absolutely gutted he'd 'canceled and no-one had been informed'... then to come on here and realise he was on the main stage all along is gutting.
One of those artists on my 'list of artists/bands to see before i die'.
It's really sad you never got to see it. That was definitely a highlight. In fact, the number of people who were converted was great to see, considering he was sandwiched between Les Savy Fav and Foals, after the first slightly ambient track he kicked in with some massive beats and the crowd loved it - well, that I could see, although I was only a couple of people from the front.
Ach. Sorry. Hope I'm not rubbing it in. Dum di do.
the day before at underage, sound was pretty good especially at the main stage.
although it fucked up frYars set in the nme tent.
maybe its just you oldies being too deaf
a good day, regardless of the weather - and i didn't even bring a jacket. Sound was a bit quiet, but still a huge improvement on last year. One Little Plane was ace, as were The Mae Shi and Efterklang (as usual). The umbrella dickheads were a bit irritating, but toilets were fine. I didn't have to queue at all for urinals at any point. I will most likely be back next year.
there wasn't any mud and not a single puddle anywhere onsite.
[glares at Michael Eavis]
because it isn't it a valley which acts as a basin for water.
let it go.
"good day but..." camp. The rain really put a downer on the event, and led to way too many people in the tents who had no interest in the music being played. The Bugged Out tent was almost always full of people standing still talking or taking pictures of themselves rather than dancing, really difficult to find any room.
Les Savy Fav were excellent, more entertaining than at this years ATP for me and was worth going to see them alone. I was down near the front so didn't experience any of the umbrella/sound issues that others were noted. Really enjoyed Of Montreal too, although too many umbrellas at the front. The Mae Shi felt strangely muted compared to usual, they almost seemed embarrassed at the end of the set. Modeselektor were really quiet (but not helped by having loads of people in the audience not interested in seeing them so talking constantly), went off to see The Emperor Machine instead who were surprisingly good.
Richie Hawtin was ace and the sound was fine for him. The visuals were a bit of a disappointment (and only started getting interesting near the end) but musically it was as fantastic as you'd expect. Too many twats in the audience barging through and pushing each other around (?) but when we found a good position nearer the back it was great.
Bars seemed fine (although some of the staff were beyond clueless) and the toilets would have been far better if the urinals and portaloos were separated. The timetable confusion can't really be forgiven - how hard would it have been to have printed out a couple of correct A3 timetables by each stage rather than just crossing out names, however last minute some of the cancellations were. Even just a note saying that The Field is now on the mainstage would have been better than nothing.
I'd probably go again if there's some decent acts on and had a good idea that the weather would be ok.
the mae shi were great (missed them on the bus though :( ), the highlight by far for me. Although I wasn't really there for long as i got defeated by wetness and tiredness and idiots with umbrellas, etc.
I'm sure I'll get around to reviewing it properly on my blog but main gripes were:
1) Schedule changes - having checked out the DiS pdf, I was more clued up than most but when I went to the 'welfare' tent to ask for an updated stagetimes list, they were absolutely useless and were just like "yeah, everyone's playing longer sets". Definately should have posted a few A4 lists near to the stages too.
2) Toilets - I didn't mind the queuing but staff should have been walking up and down the queues telling people there were urinals and making it clearer that not everyone had to queue up. And I queued up for the girls loos by accident at the start too. But that's more my fault. Arguably.
3) The weather - I solely blame the organisers for this!
i'm really glad i didnt go and very happy i decided to go away for the weekend. pissy weather and crap sound is what i missed by the sounds of it.
and left late too.
I genuinely had a good time. Music was good (sound wasn't exactly amazing but didn't expect it to be), drank lots and didn't have to queue too long for the toilets.
a little bit of rain ! come on pooor little things !
Savy fav were excellent, brodinski delivered the best club act, and mae shi were a total waste of time ! haha mae shi's a joke.
I loved it, I had a great time, I had no problems with queues for anything, it was great.
In fact my only complaint is the fact that some of the dye on my coat ruined my shirt. OH SO INDIE.
It was great. You miserable moaning bastards.
With reading all of this predictable nonsense. I will add to it though!
It was definitely okay. Definitely had a very good time, but that was because I was in a nice group and the bars were superb. The rain made litle difference as it drained away perfectly and there was no mud anywhere on site. The sound on the main stage was beyond a joke, but honestly, the bands were a bit shit too so who cares, just go and see something else. Aside from a couple of points in the dance tent, it was a really good amount of people, no crowding, easy to get about, and amazingly few wankers. Also it was £25 to get in, so it was worth it. The toilet queues were daft as a couple of simple signs would have solved most of the problems, but I cant be bothered to get grumpy about that as that problem cleared by about 6pm.
Food was realy good.
n short, stop miffling, you lot are like a broken record.
I came, watched of Montreal and left but that's because I was, and still am, really really ill and I was in agony and being outside in the rain didn't seem a great idea.
As I left I felt sorry for them as they seemed to have sorted out the problems of last year only for it to belt down.
If my stomach hadn't been trying to rip itself out of my midrift I would've had a great day. Except for umbrellas. I couldn't see of montreal at all and people holding umbrellas up (or in some cases, wiping them against me, cheers to that bitch)were being really quite selfish and hampering the atmosphere. It seemed everyone stood under umbrellas facing away from the stage talking.
Also to people complaining "OMG! So many idiots!" what do you want EYOE to do, personally interview everyone to see if they meet your objective standard of who should be allowed to come? Dear me
Why were so many of you queing? Did you need to take a shit? That is the only explanation for so many of you lining up for the male toilets when there were always loads and loads of URINALS completely free. Was staggered every time I saw a que.
Also the weather - surely it is in your interest to make the best of a bad situation?
I had an absolutley fantastic day regardless. Bars and food stalls - fine, music - better. It seems like people are complaining for the sake of complaining as it was such a sham last year.
Mae Shi/LSF were highlights.
LOADS of urinals free.
Although I did queue for a couple of minutes because it wasn't obvious there were urinals free, since the queues were unisex.
The only problem for me was the umbrellas - nothing the organisers could do about that! I wouldn't expect them to come in and wrestle the umbrella from the girl in the rain mac (with the hood up!) who stood in front of me during Laura Marling.
I understand that girls may have had toilet issues (but that's not a problem exclusive to Field Day), but seriously, what have the guys got to complain about!? There were plenty of urinals to use and I never once had to queue! If you pissed up a tree because you were too lazy to walk to the urinals or too quick to assume that EYOE had messed up the toilet situation then of course you would be ejected.
are hating on very minor things (I mean they're umbrellas...it was raining...get over it)
I had a great time, efficient bars, not too rammed and for once the disorganisation of the organisers actually paid off. With Notwist being on so late that I got to walk over from LSF and see their whole set with no overlap.
only gripe would be sound quality wasnt ideal - but then it did only cost 28 quid.
is not a minor problem i'm afraid. all week the weather forecast was saying it would rain in london, if you're going to outdoor event you should be at least mildly prepared and bring raincoat if there's a high possibility of rain. using an umbrella is selfish and blocks the view of everyone behind you - particularly on smaller/lower stages like homefires. there's an easy substitute, and it's called a raincoat
for instance, this (http://www.flickr.com/photos/29405341@N04/2748681217/) was my view of efterklang once i got as far forward as i could - i was only about 10 people from the stage but still had no chance of a view.
i had an early bird ticket for £20, so really thought it was great value for money
lightspeed champ - fun
efterklang - amazing (finished with chapter 6 - i couldnt believe it)
the field - amazing, sounded great. should have been on for longer
foals - really good, everyone got into it, and again, sounded really good.
bars were so much better than last year, toilets still looked bad. the weather wanst great but it wasnt raining all day! and at least it wasnt muddy under foot too!
I used an umbrella during Field Day. My view was also obscured by other people's umbrellas. I realise from people's comments here that this was extremely irritating which I can appreciate...
Not ONCE did anyone ask me to take my umbrella down - if they had have asked me to do so and explained why, I would certainly have obliged and taken it down.
I wish people would be bold enough to COMMUNICATE at the time and not later on some message board!
Remember, if you ask nicely, people might actually respond positively.
I'd say it's fairly gutless to not ask someone to take their umbreall down at the time and then come on a message board like this and get abusive about it... just a thought.
but the problem was not just one umbrella, it was a sea of umbrellas. I would have loved to have worked my way through the crowd asking people to take down their umbrellas, but that really wasn't practical.
During the Laura Marling set, between every song, a huge section of the crowd shouted asking for umbrellas to be put down - this was ignored. I don't think most people would have obliged had they been asked individually. I've given up asking for people to show some consideration at gigs/festivals - since I was nearly beaten for daring to ask someone not to smoke at an Arcade Fire gig and had someone decide to blow constantly on my neck throughout Jens Lekman for asking him to stop talking quite so loudly...
to ask. you should know not to stick things in front of peoples faces. when they're trying to watch something.
but sometimes life isn't ideal and you have to face imperfect situations/people who perhaps aren't as considerate as they might be - me included.
I guess all I'm saying is that surely it would have been more constructive for people to communicate about the problem at the time rather than complaining after the event on a messageboard?
But I guess this would be a more ideal situation than the one that transpired on Saturday.
I'll certainly take note of these comments next time I'm at a festival and leave my brolly at home.
Is a new level of indie miffle. Well done everyone - you are pathetic.
wouldn't mind putting down their umbrellas, and by and large they agreed to. Not all did though.
The couple at the front of Laura Marling with the white and pink speckled umbrella were lovely when I tapped them on the shoulder (especially as the girl had a hat rather than a hood), and I wish I'd been able to get back to them and say thank you. If you're reading this, cheers - there were a lot of people behind me that appreciated it.
James Holden --> The Notwist --> Foals
was more than enough to make me leave a very happy boy. For 30quid thats enough.
When they sort toilets out and its sunny next year it will be awesome. I did get told to fuck off by a policeman though. I pay his wages. I did not tell him that.
massive thread. doubt there's anything which hasn't been said already. but:
jeff lewis= played some old favourites.
the notwist - first time i managed to see them. brilliant, and was that guy really playing two Wiis?
clashes & confusions in the changed timetable = biggest gripe.
i brought an umbrella, but didn't use it whilst i was watching bands (hence my very soaked hoodie) - i thought that was just normal gig etiquette...
was great - but what the fuck sound were they making? I imagine it was some kind of theramin which the wii-motes interfered with. he was absolutely loving it in pick up the phone..!
with knobs & stuff in front of him... so i'd imagine it controlled that? did sound like theramin though - it's one of the cooler things i've seen on stage. and that drummer was fantastic.
I had fun despite the rain. The sound on the main stage was a little patchy, and actually terrible for Of Montreal (as much as I love the bassline in Suffer For Fashion, I do like to hear the other instruments as well) –but the tents were fine. Didn’t seem to be enough toilets for the girls (I saw 2 ladies having a squat-pee) but there were enough trough things for the gents. More than enough bar space/staff though, and I enjoyed the Otter Ale.
Band of the day were The Mae Shi for me. Les Sav were good but a little restrained by the main stage sound.
i went to see Of Montreal they were good. i enjoyed it
Annoying umbrellas and toilets plus standard expensive food and beer, i blame london and capitalism but then again i am an ice cream man exploiting fat kids and/or their parents
but highlights were:
Pictish Trail, bought the album there and then, good business
The Maeshi - enjoyed it as they were wild but have never really heard them before, was recommended them by Alexei from JF when they were in Leicester, will probs be getting more into them in the future.
The Field - was too tired and waiting for Foals but was decent enough, liking the minimal style a lot recently
The Notwist - wasn't in the right mood to get into them but again could tell they had something extra than a lot of other acts.
Magistrates - unfortunately not enough variation, do like the song Zane Lowe has been raving on about with the singer's falsetto
Of Montreal - just could not get into them sorry!
Howling Bells - had no substance for me so ran off to Homefires
- Foals - 5th time seen them and don't fail to dissapoint, i need some new stuff from them tho now as i have overplayed everything they've done so far for past 2 years
- Les Savy Fav - carried the crowd in the rain, couldn't decipher the lyrics totally but will be tapping into them more now with that live experience, also got to stroke the lead singers egg when he was girating on an innocent crowd member topless !
yes, the queues for the bar were a bit much, yes the toilets queues were long, yes in rained, yes there were billions of coppers (did anyone mention this? it was mental). but it's gonna take a lot more than that to stop me enjoying my £30s worth. I had a right laugh. fucking knackered now like.
in spite of the rain. Tim Harrington kept the energy up through the worst of it and umbrellas were the only nuisance (generally too far away to ask for what I would have thought was basic etiquette).
Glad to have seen Benga at the end, to have finally seen the Mae Shi (will have to do so again) and The Field, but still damn peeved that LSF and Efterklang clashed.
Got to miss toilet queues due to VIP status and crash back in 5-star hotel won from Time Out, oh yeah. What they thought of us turning up bedraggled at 3am though I don't know...
Would go again!
I went for two wees in the toilets, I had to queue for about 10 minutes each time.
The beer was nice.
The Mae Shi, Filthy Dukes and Les Savy Fav were all good. White Lies were fucking shit.
The chunky chips were nice.
I failed to meet up with sadpunk :(
I went home early because it was raining and Foals are a pile of shit.
the chunky chips were nice...
heading in to Les Savy Fav..
How the fuck can people moan about the weather? You're trying to lay that on the organisers? If the people moaning about the rain would've had the intelligence to check a couple of forecasts beforehand, you would've realised it was blatantly gonna rain, and taken a mac or something. I took one, and the rain didn't bother me one bit. Some people just love complaining, I guess
The ONLY gripe I had was the sound for Modeselektor. It really was appalling. So much so that they stopped a little bit early, and left with "if you want to see us properly with good sound, come and see us at Fabric in September". I think I'll probably go along, especially if it's when DFA are there on the 19th
Filthy Dukes were pretty average, I thought. Trying to be Simian Mobile Disco much? SMD, on the other hand, were fucking awesome. My highlight of the day. Everyone I was with was having a great time during that set too. I know it's old now, but Hustler still sounds the tits
James Holden was really good (thankfully the sound in the Bugged Out tent seemed to be sorted by then). The Field were really good, even though it was raining (and that's sunny music, for sure). Really enjoyed the Mae Shi too
Met up with Sophia and Steve too, so that was really cool. And the chicken burrito I had was huge and awesome
I had a great time. Only took a couple of minutes to get a drink, but to be fair the women's toilets could've been better. No problems with the men's urinals though
I don't think m/any are laying that on the organisers...the weather is obviously a factor which makes a difference to people's enjoyment so it's only fair to mention it..
so get over it.
*you fucking pussies.
Fuck all you can do about the rain, didn't really make much of a difference to me anyway. Would have obviously been better if it'd been dry the whole time but fuck it, it didn't affect me apart from I was slightly damper than if it wasn't raining and that I had to wear a poncho...
So take a fucking jacket. Problem solved. It was only light drizzle throughout most of the day anyway. If you're gonna let something like that spoil your day enough for you to moan about it on an internet forum two days later, then you were probably always gonna find some way to have a shit time, regardless of whatever reason you could cook up
It rained. You were in England. Aren't you used to this kind of thing by now?
"The ONLY gripe I had was the sound for Modeselektor. It really was appalling. So much so that they stopped a little bit early, and left with "if you want to see us properly with good sound, come and see us at Fabric in September". I think I'll probably go along, especially if it's when DFA are there on the 19th"
I actually couldn't make out what they were saying at the end, so thanks for that!
and they're playing there on the 27th, so not the same night as DFA, which sucks a bit. But Ellen Allien and Craig Richards are there on the 27th too, so that'd probably still be a decent night
although I have to go to a civil partnership ceremony the next morning. hmm.
I thoroughly enjoyed the entire day. I'd heard all about last year's problems, but that didn't put me off and I'm pleased it didn't. There did seem to be quite a q for the ladies, but there is at just about every single festival i have ever been to.
Music wise - Magistrates, White Lies and Foals were all great. The Bugged Out tent was just crazy... spent a lot of time in there and the atmosphere was superb. Modeselektor were great until they gave up, but it meant Crookers came on early, so no problem. James Holden blew the tent away and the whole day was a success.
Everyone was walking out of the tent looking completely blown away. I did hear the last 5/10 minutes and it did sound pretty impressive.