Field Day 2012 – Review

So we went to Field Day 2012. Yeah, it’s notorious for bad weather and it’s in East London where people are strange but there was some great music on show and the line up was pound for pound as good as anything this summer.


A cider for breakfast and I checked out Seeks‘ favourites Friends and their funked up live set was taken to more epic status, despite the early afternoon slot, with the hypnotic Samantha Urbani in top form.

Citizens! were easy on the ear and little less so on the eyes with their small tent stage bulging at the seams.

Despite Ms. Sankeys impending illness Summer Camp belted out an amazing live set in what felt like a homecoming gig for local heroes.

We did get rather distracted however mid afternoon with our competitive nature and the coconut shy.

And the jolly sight of Soho’s finest BBQ packed into a tiny festival truck…

The sun shone beautifully and most of the hipsters and hyped acts were playing in tents but being trapped indoors felt like such a waste so I meandered outdoors to the sound of Metronomy on the main stage. They really have become a huge festival draw and The English Riviera will soundtrack many a summer to come.

The unofficial headline acts (for me, anyway) were next and didn’t dissapoint. Ashamedly it has taken this long for me to catch Beirut live and as the sun set and the brass section kicked in the crowd were awoken again in some sort of Balkan shindig.

This is one fans amazing video of the kind of joy Beirut bring out in people…

Like a typically English festival the rain finally arrived, I took shelter and solice in the end of The Vaccines set. Criticisms aside they know how to rock out a festival crowd and their songs sound so much sweeter with cider. They practically blew the roof off the big top!

This provided a the second wind to suffer the downpours and Franz Ferdinand. The new stuff sounded a little twee but the old stuff was worth the entry alone. Like drunk dads at weddings when Bowie or the Stones are played the sounds of Take Me Out, Matinee and This Fire will be my old man dance floor fillers and a worrying glimpse into my future.

A great day with great music benefiting the addition of sunshine and the earlier in the year slot.

Check out Noisey‘s hilarious coverage with the amazing Fat Bob & Emy (below),
“I’m in East London and this is the worst day of my life!”