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the line up looks SO GOOD
I've never been before either because of the terrible, terrible things I've heard. Might have to take the chance this year though.
I saw a guy wander out of one of the tents with his cock out, speaking to someone on his phone, and pissing as he'd walked. He pissed over a girl's leg and, when she objected, just replied "Oh fuck off love" and carried on walking.
I've been 3 times and last year I finally decided to stop giving it any more chances. It's awful.
2004 I was coming back from the Shins, and right at the back of The Darkness crowd on the main stage I honestly saw a group of wankers in a circle, about 3 of them just got their dicks out and starting pissing.
Then one of them was sick
Then they tripped some poor fucker up so he went right in the pissy vom.
Never went again.
thats cos leeds is the scummiest sixth formers and LADS shitfest in the country
but they've sorted out most of the logistical issues now - you can hear the bands and there are enough toilets. Actually the most objectionable thing is the mark up on the tinnies of lager they sell.
The crowd actually isn't as bad as people say, unless you hate young people, but a lot of them aren't primarily there for the music and will listen casually and talk over it even in the front rows.
Sound issues are terrible apart from the main stage, which is fairly average for a London festival (i.e. still nowhere near loud enough). Sound from all the tents bleeds into each other, and you can pretty much forget about watching anything acoustic in the smaller tents as there will be 3 prominent bass lines swamping it from all directions.
That said, the only year it's been absolutely unbearable is 2011, when it was ridiculously overcrowded to the extent of not being able to get in the tents to see any electronic music at times, and being caught in bottlenecks for ages.
I'm think I'm off London festivals for good. The convenience never outweighs the logistical problems.
I really thought they'd sorted the sound issues out, pretty much - maybe I just stood in good places!
There were still mixed reports, but people in general said things were a lot better last year, didn't they?
I can't/wouldn't go this year, but if it gets good reviews, I'd be tempted to go back in the future as practically everyone I know goes.
but i hate Vice magazine type music fans more than most people, so i'm really not sure i could cope.
For the line up and the price it's well worth it, basically.
Used to be terrible but they have since vastly improved it.
Only I had year before last (missed last year) was that I felt it was overcrowded. If it wasn't for that it would have been a great day.
For the price I can definitely recommend it.
It was a little empty throughout the day until early evening. Django Django and Grikes were rammed but seeing OutFit and When Saints Go Machine were good alternatives.
but last year was really good. Naturally, its full of utter drunken cunts.
but that first one was completely dire, so they didn't exactly start in the best place.
It's generally full of cunts (especially towards late afternoon/evening), and about 40% of people are there to actually see the bands. Don't expect brilliant sound. If you've got some cash to spare, it'd be an alright day out. Personally, I would never go again, but if you've not been before it might be OK.
Awesome line-up and weather, with a great bunch of people, was really surprised afterwards to see all the hate on here.
The second one pissed it down and the tents were full of wankers taking photos of themselves to put on the internet. You win some, you lose some.
First one I've been to, crowds weren't too annoying, sound issues were generally fine. Food and drink too expensive. But what a lineup. Tempted to go again this year.
providing the sound isn't unbearably bad, i think i'll be able to stick a few dalston superstars for one day.
its people trying to be Dalston cunts
Failed Day from now on.
it's basically a day of hazy wandering between bands you can't see or hear very well and you have a reasonably ok time and it's a bit of a chore sometimes and other times it seems really good briefly and then you think about it a month later and you have NO MEMORIES.
I've been three or four times and I have NO MEMORY of it. It is the least memorable thing you can do that is reasonably fun and ok.
Go, it's ok. You won't remember it. It's ok.
Mount Kimbie, Seth Troxler, Savages, Palma Violets.
Also confirmed are Kurt Vile, Connan Mockasin, Shed, Egyptian Hip Hop, Splashh, John Cooper Clarke, Dark Dark Dark, Solange, Stubborn Heart, Amateur Best, and Wild Nothing.
Still don't want to go.
The year before last was upsettingly awful so last year I wrote it off until last minute and then thought 'fuck it, I'd spend £40 just to watch Tortoise' and it was bloody great: They'd re-increased the size of the grounds so that nothing stepped on anything else. Plenty of toilets, food and bars. Good atmosphere at the right tents...
You are in East London so expect some cuntery, but if you live there you're already numb to it, probably a cunt myself... But if you live close by you should definitely go for a good line up.
(I'm still going)
last year every tent was overflowing, couldnt get anywhere near the bands and the crowds were awful.
the only issue was queues but they seem to address the previous year's problem each time.
Now THAT was a clusterfuck of a festival. Field Day is a fucking dream in comparison.
but I genuinely had a better time at Bloc 2012 than Field Day 2011.
Before that I'd taken the rough with the smooth with FD, but that was absolute bullshit. I came away having seen barely anything that I wanted to, and the one or two things I had seen had been ruined. Forking out £50 to be packed in a cattle shed for the day, except it didn't have the bonus that Bloc had of seeing shit that would've easily cost £80 to catch individually, having awesome after parties, and ultimately being free of charge.
*Although tbf it seems I had a relatively good Bloc 2012 (as much as you could do) and a relatively shit Field Day 2011.
(all because my mate who asked me to go with him took fucking ages picking up whilst I was waiting at his house, otherwise I would've been there a lot earlier).
I was in the queue for Field Day when people were posting pictures on here of the 'horrendous' queues, and it only took about 20 minutes to get in from right at the very back.
That being said, I don't dispute there were some people who got the most out of Bloc by getting in early, some of my mates got there early and went straight on the Stubnitz and had a fucking amazing time. In general though it was a fucking unmitigated nightmare.
cos I've done enough of it. If I wasn't at Prima, I'd probably still end up there anyway and the line up is good enough that it's got me worried who's gonna be left for Barcelona.
*and yeah, even despite the few minor saving graces Bloc was obviously a clusterfuck of epic proportions. I just had a miserable day at FD 2011 :=D
You're joking right?
Blates everyone at Field Day will probably be at Primavera. Bands play concurrent European festivals all the time. Makes sense. Plus Barca is way bigger and would pay a lot more surely
but there wasn't actually much crossover last year, especially in the electronic stuff (not that Prima is as dance heavy as FD, but they normally get some good acts).
(Cue loads of people talking about 'Dalston wankers'...)
yeah sure there are cunts, but you get them everywhere. i saw every band i wanted to, and from a perfect spot within the crowd. there was a bit of talking over some bands, but that's to be expected. i had a lovely lunch, saw 6 or so great perofomances and even chatted to a couple of really polite and nice strangers. definitely worth going
The food and queuing have got much better, although toileting is easier if you're a male, of course. And make sure you bring enough cash, because the cash machine queue is always disastrous.
As long as you're not a miserable cunt when put amongst a few people you don't like, and aren't expecting incredible sound, it's a grand day out
Queues to get in were fine, though it was early.
Faust were amazing, surprisingly small crowd.
Mark Kozelak was ruined by the noise from the rave tent and the fairground rides that they'd cleverly put right next to a guy playing solo guitar. He looked so upset.
Omar Souleyman got an amazing reception, great crowd. Shame I couldn't get too close.
John Cale, Sun Ra Arkestra and Villagers were all disappointing; not much of a crowd reaction at all. I've seen them play much better gigs elsewhere.
Food was good, beer OK. Toilets OK for guys, anyway.
Overall wasn't terrible, but it was too crowded and no-one seemed interested in most of the bands playing down the order. There are other, better festivals basically.
Had a great day and didn't experience any of the crap other people seemed to. Beyond the mild irritants of it getting a bit busy in the early evening, struggling to get into Actress and paying the prices for beer I expected to pay everywhere in London (but was pleasantly surprised not to) it was great.
Gave it a miss in favour of Bloc last year but, looking at the line up, will be well up for coming back this year.
"Left for london via Copenhagen, for a concert in the park at 1:30pm
Got upon the stage, people gathered round
Retro 80s band... drownded out my sound
went and got my check, went back to my room
Feeling suicide, feeling full of gloom
Turned on the tv, there was rioting & stuff...
As if this city isn't depressing enough
London, London, it's all the rage
If your favorite color's beige
London, London, look right, look left
makes me think of death"
I did not know that, thanks. That's certainly how he looked and sounded onstage.
I'll never forget that performance, I thought he was going to cry. The dance tent nearby was somehow being echoed more loudly within his tent than it was outside and he was just saying to the crowd - 'why would you do this to yourselves? Why would anyone who likes my music come to somthing like this?' He pulled it together and finished the show somehow - I actually got a bit wet round the eyes myself...
but googled it and this is REAL. Amazingly bad.
People missing teeth.
Is this really what
Back to London
Then to Belfast
Had to catch a plane
Had to get there fast
It was mostly pretty shit and there's always some kind of palaver, so I've just sacked it off, and it feels great
when festivals like OFF and Dimensions happen in Poland and Croatia, which are cheaper (on the whole) and better.
Yes, i get that it's convenient, but considering the amount of awful things people say about it, i would rather direct my money somewhere where i'm certain its going to be enjoyable.
They come in at around 4 or 5 times the cost of Field Day...
Still great value for money mind.
Or is it just down to line up? The Dimensions abandoned fort thing sound cool, good first announcement too.
Just realised they're in exactly the same fort. Imagine it's just down to which line up is better then!
Unless you really want to see a load of jump up drum'n'bass, brostep and students with neon face paint haha. Outlook was amazing when I went but obviously since Dimensions exists now I'd imagine it'd be a very different atmosphere. If I could afford it I'd go back to Dimensions in a heartbeat though, can't recommend it enough.
2012's line up is still pretty epic, but not as good as Dimensions'. Definitely considering it... that or Club to Club in Turin next Autumn.
Including flights and accommodation? *doubtful face*
second year - marginally better, marred by poor weather
third year - didn't go
fourth year - really good
fifth year - not as good but not awful
The Field Day twitter is hinting pretty massively at Local Natives playing, which would be fantastic. Looking forward to Animal Collective, Fucked Up, Four Tet and Solange a lot.