British weather came through for a perfect sunny day for day two of Field Day. This year’s soiree see’s the festival move from it’s previous east London home of Victoria Park to South London’s Brockwell Park and we were intrigued to see how this would affect the day.
Arriving to catch Ross From Friends set, placed early on in the days line up at the Resident Advisor tent, a full crowd had turned up and yet it was still relatively easy to weave through (this ease a complete myth the rest of the day). The minimal house sound bubbled away in the tent with charm, with some serious applause as the set neared the finish. ‘Bootman’ being played near the end of the set bought feel good vibes with its splash of nostalgic RnB samples translating perfectly to the simmering and happy crowd. A set worthy of a later slot, when the day has more momentum, judging from how much the crowd visibly enjoyed it.
Next, heading to the Eat Your Own Ears outside stage, the sun was burning down as quite the crowd waited patiently for AJ Tracey, the atmosphere was excitable. Starting off with some older, harder stuff, AJ Tracey got the crowd's attention before a taster of hit ‘Mimi’ got the whole crowd moving. The track was cut short and off this energy, AJ Tracey bought Not3s out for the pairs first performance of new release ‘Butterflies’. Sounding incredible in the London sunshine, the track is definitely going to become unavoidable this summer, with every spectator moving to the catchy sunshine tinged track.
The Hydra Barn tent held host to Daphni’s set (Dan Snaith, also of Caribou). Arriving at a distinctively disco sounding part of the set contributed to the perfect happy and contented vibe, as the crowd cheered along within the over-spilling tent. Snaith took us through a mix of selections from jungle, garage and back to disco in the hour and a half slot, he visibly enjoyed the set and the crowd's reaction to his spot on selections.
Mount Kimbie at the Crack tent aided in some more sombre vibes of the day, offering more of a solitary listening experience with the tracks that featured in the set. ‘You Look Ok (I’m Not So Sure)’ and ‘Marilyn’ saw many climbing upon shoulders as it seemed the crowd vibed most to these more upbeat tracks. ‘You Took Your Time’ was a pleasure to hear in the set, however without the inclusion of King Krule’s vocals was a test to the raw energy the track possesses with his distinctive voice. The familiarity and combination of tracks were great, more mellow, but still enticing.
The only thing hindering the act was the sound system, nearer the middle of the tent the sound wasn’t as loud as it needed to be. This raises concern that the performance whilst captivating, could have struggled to translate to fans at the rear of the crowd.
Enjoying the last of the sun, The Hydra Barn tent hosted Floating Points set. Another extremely exciting act of the days line up, you expect a degree of difficulty to actually get in the tent but the space was too packed out, and definitely would have suited a larger space. However, once the tent settles slightly, Floating Points’ sound translated well. Beginning with bleeps and eerie electronic sounds with a vivid light show, momentum was built for when the set fully began, which saw this dedicated swelling audience all rejoicing in the energy of the set. Witnessing this only encouraged to catch Floating Points in a solo gig as this instance did feel like a taster, especially hindered by some serious over cramming.
Excited and exhilarated for Four Tet, nearly everyone at this festival was anticipating this headliner, but unfortunately the hints displayed throughout the day of overcrowding had been realised. It became near impossible to even get into the Hydra Barn tent and with Thundercat on the Eat Your Own Ears outside stage having finished, many of the festival goers planned on a Four Tet finale. The set was cut down to around twenty five mins, of which should've been two hours. Perhaps the location move to Brockwell park had let Field Day down here, what had been a great day full of sun and an interesting and eclectic line up was faltered by organisation at the end.
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