Festival review: Field Day at Victoria Park

12:37 07 June 2012

Metronomy

Metronomy

Archant

“It’s great to be here on what is undoubtedly the most important weekend of our generation.”

So said Metronomy’s Joseph Mount during the band’s consummate set of synth-backed electro pop on the Eat Your Own Ears stage.

It’s a thought most of the 30,000-odd-strong Field Day massive shared I’m sure – the ‘great to be here’ bit at least.

There was an excellent, eclectic bill this year, the festival’s sixth. The diverse sounds of everyone from post rock legends Tortoise to Cuban and Malian supergroup Afrocubism were joined by a mountain of dance music talent.

The sun even came out for a brief spell – it wasn’t an altogether glorious day and drizzle hit the closing stages, but somehow we escaped the sustained soakings blighting the rest of the Jubilee weekend.

Scottish beats maestro Rustie was an early highlight of the quality line up in the Bugged Out! tent, the place exploding as a choppy rework of Adam F’s Circles segued into the original’s drum ‘n’ bass break.

Afrocubism filled the Village Mentality stage with a busy arrangement of horns, percussion and salsa vibes before the high-pitched stylings of Grimes drew the crowds.

It’s a perennial problem with festivals that the bands you want to see inevitably fall at the same time, a problem that is amplified at a one-dayer with such a consistently strong bill; there was little time to enjoy the quirky touches, the village green and fairground rides, between performances.

But SBTRKT was a must for many, the Bugged Out! tent bursting at the seams. There were brief issues with the equipment – “Sorry about that, we seem to have blown the power,” – which only stoked the excitement before a triumphant, dubstep-tinged set. As we took cover from a sodden Franz Ferdinand finale on the main stage, Berlin dance duo Modeselektor put in another thumping turn to close the day out.

Whatever your feelings about the importance of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, joining the throng in Victoria Park was a great way to kick-start the party.

Four stars

* Field Day was at Victoria Park on Saturday, June 2.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Don't Miss...

What is this?

Near You Now

Competitions

You could be zooming around a track of your choice!

Are you a competitive adrenaline junkie with a need for speed? Or looking for a fun family day out?

Read more
Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Read more
Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more