Tuesday, 4 August 2009

field day

Field Day was enjoyable. A microcosm of the typical British festival in less than twelve hours. Ten-hour car / bus journey condensed into ten minutes walk from my E9 flat. Weather making sartorial decisions that you then regret, are grateful for before settling on indifference. A quick exploration of the site and then straight to the Bugged Out tent for Aeroplane. The two boys from La Belgique certainly showed why their name has been poised on lips of partygoers everywhere.

Friendly Fires - Paris (ft. Au Revoir Simone) (Aeroplane Remix)

Next up were The Horrors. I spent the whole hour pretty much mesmerised by Faris's jumper. It was spellbinding (see above). As for their set, it didn't have the same enveloping sonic impact of Primary Colours. As the rains started to tumble frenetically, I was then packt like sardines in the Village Mentality for Mumford and Sons. Rousing, joyous, multiple instrument swapping and a singalong melody that remained lodged in my clothes long after the rain.

Mumford & Sons - White Blank Page

Deluge followed, cover was sought and seeing Erol was the sacrifice. Next up was Four Tet who ably demonstrated his skills. The track below brought whoops and hollers all round. The performance was so so clean.

Four Tet - Smile Around The Face

Rounding things off was Toumani Diabate, a 71st generation Kora player. A Kora is a West African 21 string harp / lute. It was special, most special when he played solo at the end because it really brought home the tremendous skill required.

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