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Festival review: Field Day 2012

20th June 2012
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Holy shit someone’s invented a weather machine!

Field Day 2012Well, that's what it felt like at this year’s Field Day!

In that one wonderful day in Victoria Park in London we witnessed every weather possible... 

The "summer" weather was as diverse as the acts on offer at the fourth installment of a festival that has gained respect for its eclectic mix of break-through acts and established artists that 6Music listeners would approve of.

 With this years line up, there was something for everyone, even if you hadn't heard of them. Here’s the run down of some highlights of Field Day 2012:

Crocodiles

Didn't know too much about them but then recognised "Endless Flowers", which is now constantly being played on the radio. And quite rightly too, fantastic band and great set of session musicians. Atmospheric, fun and perfect festival material.

Liars

Hadn't heard much of these either but these suave Dave Grohl look-a-likes can make a great sound. Hard to describe but its sort of mesmerising... if only they had been on as it was getting dark enabling them to have a light show!

Metronomy

One of my latest favourite bands and they lived up to my expectations. Booming basslines, synths, refined drum beats and the singers voice which I love . That's all I have to say on them really, except I feel they work better later rather than earlier.

Sleigh Bells

Their new material reinvigorated my love for Sliegh Bells. It was of course, a riot of noise and screaming and people jumping ferociously in the packed out tent. Perfect.

One problem though... they had another guitarist on stage. This confused me. I like Derek. They're a two piece, what’s with the random guy who stands right at the front with no introduction... hmm? Off-putting at first but I got over it.

Beirut

Heard the hype, but hadn't really got involved. DAMN IT WHY DIDN'T ANYONE TELL ME MORE ABOUT THESE GUYS! 

A lovely wave of happiness spread over the grey skies and greenish fields and caused everyone to start dancing. I'm sure you've seen the videos. If not here’s one:

I was part of that... I couldn't resist. It was just so... nice... 

Anyway Beirut found a cure to all of lives downers through music and dance. A lovely sounding band, lovely musicians. Beautiful. If you get the chance, go and see them and get a mass dance started. It's the way forward.

 These are just a few tasters of an all round brilliant day... Look out for next years line up!




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