we had a field day at field day
I have taken forever to get around to wriing this post – everything has been so busy lately that I just haven’t had as much time to blog…and this has bothered me, as I keep thinking about what I want to put down and then feeling annoyed that I haven’t got around to it.
I said when I first started this blog that it was to get things out of my head, and over the past couple of weeks, I’ve realised just how much I do really need to do this!
Anyway, Field Day – Saturday 31st July in Victoria Park (yes, the same place as Lovebox a couple of weeks earlier). I’d booked the tickets as it looked like a fun day out, esppecially for The Man who hasn’t been to a festival for about 3 years, and I felt deserved a treat. It certainly was a treat – we had a fantastic day.
The sun was shining, I got my coveted Foursquare swarm badge when I got there and it was for over-18s only, so no kids running around – hurrah! Sack races, tug-of-war etc made for a bit of fun, and then of course there was the music.
It covered a far smaller area than Lovebox, but we saw Steve Mason, The Fall (Mark E Smith – totally mental case…not my kind of thing at all, but it amused The Man for a while), we went into one of the tents and saw Beth Jeans Houghton who was our surprise hit of the day – fantastic smoky country voice, with a great band including trumpet and violin / fiddle. Although I was really amused by the ultra camp fiddler *snort*, who did great backing vocals, and seemed to go from girlie ‘do-do-do-do’ to quite deep manly vocals
Back to the main stage, and we saw Lightspeed Champion who is always fun, and as wearing the shortest skimpiest shorts I have ever seen on a bloke. He kinda pulled it off too. Kinda.
Then was the amazing Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – 8 brothers from New York playing brass. Don’t sound very festivally? They’re amazing, and they really got the crowd going. I could’ve watched them for hours – the energy was fantastic. Watch the video from about 30secs to check them out
Then the ‘twilight session’ which is always my favourite at a festival, and this time was the amazing Caribou. As the sun was setting on a fantastic day, they played ‘Sun’ which I think is just abotu to be released as a single now, and was a perfect chilled out track that really captured the mood.
And the fabulous Frenchie boys Phoenix closed what had been an amazing day. Singing along to Lisztomania was a perfect end
They had another great idea at Field Day – they had ‘recycling points’ where you could hand in your empty cans and get 10p each back for them. Being a little on the skint side, we thought this was a great idea and managed to get at least a couple of cans free each by picking up empties as we walked around. We weren’t the only ones who had this idea, as when you looked around the site at the end of the day, there were hardly any cans on the ground anywhere – and that’s a first time I’ve ever seen that at a festival! They should do that more!