Field Day 2011: Coco’s Roundup (Part 1)

By on Thursday, 18th August 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

Coming the day right after Underage Festival, Field Day is a similar festival, but for adults. I experienced far too many clashes at Field Day; as a result, I missed nearly 70% of the acts that I intended to see. Funnily enough, I also bumped into some sets by bands I’ve never heard of before.

The first act I saw were S.C.U.M. I really dig what I’ve heard from them so far, and so I was anticipating their performance. Since they were playing one of the earliest slots, I had time to stay around while they were setting up. The whole performance was really good, and they’ve attracted a whole full tent of audience, even being one of the earliest acts to go on stage. That’s how good they were. I believe they played some songs from their forthcoming debut album ‘Again Into Eyes’, and I do like the sound of them. After seeing S.C.U.M, I met up with my friends and had some food, getting ready for the busy afternoon/ night that followed. It started raining at about midday, and everyone was really worried. Turns out it was only a shower; no big deal, eh? My friends and I then went to the Village Mentality stage, wanting to see Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. Unfortunately, by the time we arrived, the stage was already too packed (actually rammed) to be able to see anything. We stayed for a while and left cause we could barely hear anything from where we were stood. It was that packed.

We then moved to the Lock Tavern stage. Spector were playing, and I didn’t know them at all. All I saw were a few men in suits playing some music with a retro touch. A little bonus was that they kept telling jokes between songs. Some of them were quite awkward, but I appreciated the effort as it made the atmosphere in the tent really good. People kept cheering and despite I didn’t know the band, I still had fun. Later on, I saw About Group (pictured at the top of this post) at the same stage, but bit later. I arrived late and only caught the last few songs. It was more like an Alexis Taylor DJ set than an About Group set as I imagined. Although it wasn’t really like what I expected, the remaining set was still fun. It was chilled and everyone seemed to have a good time, great!

I wandered a bit and bumped into Electrelane’s performance. I have never heard of them prior to the performance, so it was fresh. I was attracted by their electronic sound and I quite liked it. Out of curiosity, I went to a stage where I saw people dancing like crazy. After having checked my timetable, I confirmed it was Benga and Youngman playing. Something really funny happened: Benga and Youngman asked the audience to “get up”, and then all the ladies went on their male friends’ shoulders. That caused the security to panic, and the security signalled people to get off from their friends’ shoulders, because they were worried someone would get hurt. Of course, the crowd didn’t listen. So guess what happened next? Benga and Youngman actually asked the crowd to “get down”; miraculously, the crowd followed. I found that kind of funny, but probably the security wouldn’t agree with me.

I kept wandering around, yes, I did. Then somehow I met up with my friends again at Zola Jesus’ set. With much attention from the media lately, I was pretty curious about their performance. Nika put a lot of effort in her part and I could sense that. But to be fair, I am not really a fan of their music. As a result, I didn’t stay there for long and went to the Laneway Festival stage for Jamie Woon instead. I’ve always found Jamie Woon’s style quite similar to James Blake’s. So I suppose it’s fair to say that Jamie Woon prepared the crowd for the upcoming set from James Blake. I found it peculiar that Jamie got a bigger cheer from the crowd when he played ‘Night Air’ than when he played ‘Lady Luck’. I genuinely thought the latter would get a bigger response. The crowd sang along to ‘Lady Luck’, and the song also put dancing boots on everyone’s feet.

Stay tuned for part 2 of Coco’s experience at Field Day 2011, including coverage of James Blake and Wild Beasts.

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