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Will be a two date festival next year.
two day even.
7th and 8th June
Otherwise I'd have the inevitable I WANT TO GO BUT DO I WANT TO QUEUE FOR THE LOO / A BEER quandary.
Always strong line ups, always organisational fuck ups, but always worth the ticket price in the long run.
Here's a playlist I made for it: http://open.spotify.com/user/ma0sm/playlist/67fTg3ECNYXs9StpXUbcbi
This festival always gets mixed reviews but seems to improve year on year... I've never been, but am thinking about it.
Had tickets last year but kinda ended up on a mad bender instead of heading along, not sure why I didn't just continue the bender into field day, I was in London after all
I had a good time. I'd heard all the scare stories about overcrowding and general tossers and (the not so scary) trendy Hoxtonites. Perhaps I was lucky but I had a stress free day with no hassle. Seeing Chvrches for the first time and Bat For Lashes (for probably the fourth time) on a lovely sunny evening were the highlights. Like all festivals, the weather can make or break it. I'll probably look at the general weather forecast a week before and see if I fancy the day that Pixies play.
or did they spend all their money on Pixies and everyone gets a three hour set?
Way fewer stages on the Sunday, Pixies and Future Islands play their sets after everything else has wrapped up. Would be feeling a bit cheated but the timings actually work out quite nicely.
Chuffed that Danny Brown is headlining a tent on Saturday. Sophie/Oneohtrix Point Never is the only really difficult clash for me.
Funkineven, Sky Ferreira, Vessel, SOPHIE, something in the gap, Evian Christ, Jessy Lanza, Ryan Hemsworth (basically not leaving the RBMA tent), Jon Hopkins, Danny Brown.
Pretty, pretty good.
Eclair fifi, James Holden, Omar Souleyman, Oneohtrix Point Never, Jamie XX, Erol Alkan B2B Daniel Avery.
Really wanna see Jon Hopkins but the main stage puts me off.
Eclair Fifi, Sky Ferreira, Omar Souleyman, Sophie, Blood Orange, Evian Christ, Neneh Cherry, Ryan Hemsworth, Jon Hopkins, Tourist, Danny Brown
Got one or two tickets to both days separately that I'm willing to sell at a loss.
Just got back from Primavera so have seen most of these bands pretty recently. Can meet in London this week.
Make me an offer.
Any Disser tips for field day?
Weird sugary hyper music from SOPHIE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVc3Z-bG6Eo
Ryan Hemsworth is the kind of guy to drop a Danny Brown acapella over the top of some music from Donkey Kong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmUq-9pjM6U
Cannot wait for them at Field Day! They'll be huge in a years time, mark my words!
i think i care about 0 bands so far so let's do some recommending.
amazing. it's been too long :)
get yer cag's in a bag ready
still bloody excited though. i'm going for
Moxie, Funkinheaven, James Holden,SMD, SOHN, Blood Orange, Warpaint, Jon Hopkins, Tourist, Danny Brown. Hopefully dip into Dusky and Innervisions too
For a loser who left it too late and doesn't want to pay booking fees??
Very much looking forward to their set at Field Day. Feel this band could grow and grow continuously out of the mainstream.
everyone's beards will be OK in the bad weather. Might be a bit frizzy.
...my beard has been properly weather tested and i can assure you it will be looking tip top.
Oneothrix Point Never
wish i'd got a ticket now :(
see you on saturday..
Not that my patchy stubble counts as a beard.
I'm gonna try and catch the end of OPN and Metronomy now.
can't find anything about this other than what c_r said... anyone?
Eclair Fifi 7/10
James Holden 10/10 (the drums the saxophone James)
Seun Kuti & Felas Egypt 80 7/10 (random discovery...was a lot of fun)
Oneohtrix point never 8/10 (missed the beginning, visuals and general noise drone was great)
Blood Orange 7/10 (better than expected)
Jamie XX – 7/10 – (didn't realise he was so popular, end few tunes were ok)
Courntey Barnett – 7/10 (the three songs that I saw were great)
Daniel Avery 10/10 (smashed it)
Had a really good day overall – nice weather – the real ale tent was fantastic – the crowds for the acts I saw were good...will probably go again next year.
But it seems to be incredibly loud today. I'm sitting on the balcony of my flat about half a mile away listening to the Pixies right now and I can hear them very clearly. A fine way to end the weekend.
Didn't need the full waterproof outfit and heavy duty boots on Saturday after all then. Splendid weather, great couple of days.
Loved Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 and Neneh Cherry & Rocketnumbernine. Also thought Thurston Moore's set was excellent, and I'm no devotee of his work at all.
Also very much enjoyed Pond, Temples and Ghostpoet.
In addition, Future Islands set was delightful. Used to go and see them a lot around 2009/10 and to see how far they've come since I was part of a crowd of 40 at one of their Brighton gigs was just lovely. The reaction in the tent when the chorus kicked in on 'Seasons' was euphoric. Good guys who deserve this reward for their long years of hard touring.
Field Day has got a lot of flack on these boards over the years, but I've been to the last three and had a great day each time.
Disappointing end with Pixies being so fucking quiet and them not bothering to put in any effort. But not sure if that was because I was deafened/amazed by Future Islands beforehand.
Blood Orange were amazing. Metronomy were good but I don't really care that much for their music. Future Islands were the absolutely highlight for me - 10/10.
Drank Beavertown Gamma Ray all weekend. £6 a pint. Bargain as the pub near my work sells a 330ml bottle for £5.50! Food was great too. Burnt my mouth on a pizza. Toilet queues were fine.
All round, it was great!
I don't think I've ever encountered a band where the chasm between the quality of the songs, and the enjoyment of actually hearing them played live, is so vast.
The contrast between them and Future Islands is pretty stark - one has a catalogue of deeply average music but was refreshing and exhilarating. And one has one of the strongest setlists of anyone in musical history but was zzzzzz.
And there was no atmosphere at all in the crowd which does add to the whole enjoyment of things, even though Pixies can't help that. It just felt like they had the money in their banks and were just like 'lets mumble this shit and get out of here'
Took me a while to find a spot where the sound was decent. Seemed really quiet on the right, but was fine on the left.
were pixies that quiet or future islands that loud? anyway the difference in performance, charisma and effort was incredible. there was SO much love for the future islands main man.
That gamma ray stuff was awesome, don't know why I drank £5 cans of red stripe all morning. £6.50 for mac and cheese though.
gets better every year
The 'dickhead' count seemed to be much lower than previous years.
Jon Hopkins was such a strange booking on the main stage before Metronomy. His dark/deep sound was a bit lost on a crowd just in the mood to party. He would have been much suited on the RA or Bugged Out stages.
That was my only gripe though. Jamie XX, Todd Terje, Future Islands, Ghostpoet, SOHN and loads of others were spot on.
everyone near us (in front of sound desk) was loving it.
everyone was having a great time at jon hopkins
Must have just been the pocket of crowd I was in.
I was loving it regardless, just seemed the people around me didn't give much of a shit
no issues getting round the site, sound was decent, sun was out, lovely
had a great time though
Sky Ferreira was an early highlight, I quite like her music already but I was really impressed by how strong her vocals were.
Jessy Lanza was great too, for a record that contains a fair amount of subtlety and nuance 'Pull My Hair Back' works brilliant on stage. Also caught most of Oneohtrix Point Never's set and a couple of songs from Todd Terje.
Enjoyed Hopkins although tbh, I would have rather he headlined but then I'm not a massive fan of Metronomy so that might just be my bias coming through.
I get why people get annoyed at Field Day it can be occasionally quite difficult to see the bands you like due to it being fairly crowded but I wasn't really that fussed and I would probably go again.
Future Islands were absolutely incredible, 10/10 performance. Sunday was a bit rubbish otherwise. I only got into them with the new album, but the older tracks were brilliant too, can't wait to delve into their back catalogue.
Danny Brown - 6th time I've seen him now, not a bad performance but the crowd was pretty static. 'Monopoly' was great, and 'Blueberry' was the highlight as usual.
Jon Hopkins - I thought he worked really well on the main stage, amazing crowd, balloon drop! 'Open Eye Signal' was an absolute monster. Probably my favourite thing after Future Islands.
Sophie - no 'Bipp', but easily the most fun set I saw all weekend. Really liked the smaller Red Bull stage, and he played lots of what I'm assuming is his own unreleased material. He's got such a unique sound mapped out, can't wait for the next release.
Also really enjoyed Blood Orange, Sky Ferreira and Pond. Found Thurston Moore, Pixies and The Horrors pretty disappointing.
And did I get my timings wrong or did Ryan Hemsworth not show up?
Complete with 'WHAT'S THE MATTER PIKACHU?' samples 😄
I basically just stayed at the Red Bull tent all day after Sky Ferreira but, easily the best Field Day I've been to, had an amazing time, especially thanks to the - whisper it - craft beer tent.
Probably ended up seeing someone else decent though, so it's all good. Completely forgot about Evian Christ on the Red Bull stage as well, that was excellent (I was a bit worse for wear at the time...)
Best acts were:
in style and quality?
Jaakko Eino Kalevi - good fun
Blood Orange - got a bit bored after a while
Woman's Hour - love them despite all the sound issues. Really looking forward to the album.
Todd Terje - only caught the end, but Inspector Norse was amazing live, great atmosphere, probably the best 10 minutes of the day
Jon Hopkins - great response from where I was, great set
Metronomy - they're not a band it's easy to "love", are they? They were ok, but it all felt a bit too cheesy
Perfect weather, good food and drink, friendly crowd. Plus lots of great music of course!
- James Holden (seemed to be really enjoying themselves - loved the improv!)
- Todd Terje (so much fun! Didn't seem to be a live set to me, though i was near the back admittedly)
- SBTRKT (vibesssss)
- Jon Hopkins (HUGE)
- Pixies (dunno what everyone else is on about. Thought they were brilliant!)
- Spinning swing things at sunset (I'm flying Jack!!)
- Tofu Dog (beer cheese sauce)
- Rest is a bit of a blur.
Thought it was a nice wee set up.
Easy to get about, good food stalls (although i ate nothing), easy enough to get served quickly, and not as many twats as i thought there'd be.
Jon Hopkins was good but i felt his sound got lost on an outside stage, would have been better in a tent, still enjoyed it though.
SBTRKT i also enjoyed but fuck me that tent was busy
Eh that's all i saw! :)
I wonder whether they sold fewer tickets for each day than last year, but more in total because it was over two days. Whichever, there was loads more space than any year I've been before – you could actually move, easily, from the main stage to the one just behind on a Saturday at 5pm, which hasn’t been the case before. A far lower twat quotient than in the past as well.
The major low point was my feet, which felt like someone had been beating them with bamboo sticks for 48 hours.
Good bits: the real ale tent. Enough staff, a wide range of ales by strength and type (IPA is this year’s big branding exercise, by the looks of it) and no hangover.
The fish and chips – expensive but so fresh the vinegar was sizzling on top of the fish – and the tandoori lamp wrap.
James Holden – laptop electronica isn’t that exciting to watch. Laptop electronica + drummer + saxophonist = brilliance. It went almost as mental as Jon Hopkins during Open Eye Signal later on.
John Wizards was hugely more entertaining than the first time I saw him, entirely because Emmanuel Nzaramba managed to get a visa this time and he was loving it. Already bought a ticket for their next show.
Money – after that fiasco of that terrible sound system they got lumbered with in Hackney they were brilliant and even smiled a couple of times.
East India Youth and Fat White Family – best bits of the day. You know when rock and roll used to look and sound dangerous and frighten John Lithgow? FWF are the closest I’ve seen to anything like that.
Sunday was quieter, but Future Islands were astounding. Sam Herring looked as happy to be there as we were. Not sure I get the dislike of The Pixies' performance. Has Frank Black ever been noted for his conversation on stage? He's a bit of a big lad to be throwing himself around the stage on a hot night.