Field Day 2011: Coco’s Roundup (Part 2)

By on Friday, 19th August 2011 at 2:00 pm

Part two of Coco’s experiences at Field Day 2011… (Part 1 is here.)

Time was tight as I had to rush to Jamie xx’s set, I had less than 10 minutes to do so. And with no surprises at all, I found myself lost in Victoria Park again. Fortunately, I did end up at the right stage for Jamie xx. Whoa. It was a DJ set from him and people danced like wild animals – not joking. There was a man who kept crashing in the area in front of the barriers and he nailed a solo dance show, before he was sent away by the security. The heavy beats drove everyone crazy and I saw someone holding a rabbit toy in the crowd. It was pretty weird. There were also a lot of photographers taking pictures of Jamie xx non-stop throughout the set, and he didn’t look too impressed by that!

Fast forwarding a bit, I went to see James Blake next. Also a big, big rush and I got lost again. Never mind. The set started with some problems with James’ microphone, so he stopped and had it fixed after one song. That didn’t diminish the crowd’s enthusiasm, instead, the crowd got bigger. Before he played one of my favourite songs, ‘CMYK’; he said it was for people who knew the song. Shamefully, ‘CMYK’ didn’t get much reaction from the crowd. I was miming to it and the lighting was of lilac/light pink colour was gorgeous. I was lost for words when James played ‘I Never Learnt How To Share’. I was simply amazed by how he looped his own vocals and added another octave on top of the loop, in order to create the effect you hear in the album track. This time, the crowd didn’t surprise me by giving a big cheer at the ‘wrong song’. Everyone repeated the words “there’s a limit to your love” with James as he played ‘Limit To Your Love’. The whole set was near-perfect except the little technical flaw from the beginning. There was also a natural defect – the English weather didn’t cooperate and rained (quite heavily) during the middle of his set. I had no umbrella with me because I trusted the BBC and thought it was going to be sunny. (Boo.) Glad the rain stopped after James Blake’s mind-blowing set. I went to have a look at the Horrors. I’m not a huge fan of theirs but during the time I stayed, they did play some good tunes. Clashing with Wild Beasts, I left for the festival headliner.

Wild Beasts played the main stage and I was way back because I couldn’t get to the front. Due to my relatively small size, I couldn’t see anything at all, I could barely see the lights from the stage. The music was of high quality, they played a lot of songs from ‘Smother’. A bunch of people who stood next to me formed a human chain while they played ‘Bed Of Nails’. It’s nice to see how music bonds people together, literally. I saw a lot of ladies moving their bodies along to the music, and I am proud to say I was one of them, though I was probably lacking their expressiveness. Wild Beasts played a new song and told us to ‘get used to the sound’. The song was louder than stuff from ‘Smother’ and had a lot of toms in it. I’d say it was more similar to their old stuff than to ‘Smother’. I didn’t stay until the end of the set as I had to pack to leave London in the morning. Such a shame. Nevertheless, I was still content as I could hear ‘Albatross’ played live. Faultless.

In short, I experienced far too many clashes and I missed out the following acts when I really wanted to see: 2:54, Cloud Control, Clock Opera, SBTRKT, Tribes and Factory Floor. I kept seeing people praising Factory Floor’s set, that made me even more regretful. Having said that, I had a really good time and met a lot of people. I look forward to Field Day 2012!

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