Saturday at Field Day Reviewed
The Saturday proceedings at Field Day in Brockwell Park kicked off under overcast lunchtime skies, whilst entry to the festival included a very thorough body search and sniffer dogs. However, early arrivals were rewarded with splendid set from North London's Jimothy Lacoste on the Crack Stage, performing his synth hooks and rapped lyrics about living in our favourite city to a knot of enthusiastic fans who clearly knew all the words. An original upcoming artist to watch out for.
After getting orientated around the site plan, and ordering a pint of Bullfinch's Luna ale from the Craft Brewers' Market, we were away on our festival day. The traditional music of Grammy Award winning Oumou Sangaré on the Main Stage was a definite afternoon highlight, and greeted by the appearance of blue skies and (almost) Malian sunshine overhead.
The ram-packed Barn Stage for Nils Frahm in the early afternoon was a sign of things to come later in the evening. The size of the Barn Stage tent (only used on the Saturday of the festival) and entry configuration at the top of the hill under the canvas, wasn't quite right to support the bigger evening acts who were scheduled to play there. It's clear that this is a key learning point for the festival.
With the sun shining, many festival goers were clearly enjoying the line up of activities in the Village Mentality area, whilst a cold beer listening to a DJ mix of Depeche Mode's 'Enjoy The Silence' sent the older festival crowd (me) into happy afternoon reminiscence, capped off by Zhu on the Crack Stage, and Charlotte Gainsbourg with her denim-clad band on the Main Stage. I enjoyed informing a teenager at this point that Charlotte’s mum and dad once made a single that was banned by the BBC.
Into the evening, and the jazz inspired music of Thundercat on the Main Stage (with his signature 6-string bass) continued the sunny vibe. I confess to entirely missing the guest appearance of Erykah Badu during his set, as we got hungry at this point and went off to eat. Which reminds me, the main feature throughout the day with regard to festival food and drink was plenty of choice (including vegan) and ... no queues!
Our evening was rounded off by Fever Ray's brilliant theatrical headline set on the Crack Stage. Think of a Swedish Bjork, only a bit edgier. We ended the day walking through happy crowds, out of the park and into Station Square for a night cap at Off The Cuff bar, before heading home. We paid £30 each for an 'Early Bird' Field Day Saturday ticket. We left having been introduced to a host of new music, and having had a fantastic day. Would we go again? Definitely. But they do need to organise the Barn Stage better.