Field Day 2012
This year's Field Day line up was a spot on showcase for 2012 so far according to Nicholas Burman...
London's annual Field Day had a lot to make up for - and a lot to prove. An inflated ticket price and lots of competition from a couple of months where London is packed with more events than usual meant that capacity and line up issues needed to get sorted, and they did. Bigger tents, better layout, more bars, good line up. FD 2012 managed to get it nailed from the off.
Friends kicked off the day with their disco-cum-R&B influenced fun. They'll be needing more tunes such as 'Crush' to keep a crowd going for longer sets, though no one can doubt front woman Samantha Urbani's charisma.
Dev Hynes' latest project Blood Orange sounded good, but the one man show needs a bit a beefing out, especially on a big stage like the Laneway was. Meanwhile, buzz band POND broke the over arching lo-fi approach between a lot of the bands with their proggy main stage set.
Django Django packed out the Village Mentality tent and became the highlight of the day, showcasing one of the best albums of the year with a brieft set that covered the singles.
Spector's songs are so straight up and simple it's hard not to see them doing well at more large crowd events, while unfortunately The Vaccines still manage to dodge that punk-y pizazz that they've been sold as having. Elsewhere, and if choruses weren't your thing, then Sleigh Bells' dub-core noise out was perfectly satisfying.
Despite the umbrellas having to come out for their set, Franz Ferdinand's return to the UK circuit didn't disappoint. Even though the new tracks didn't go down like sugar, old faves like 'Take Me Out' and 'This Fire' still hit the mark.
With its technical issues sorted and a line up that seemed pretty spot on as a showcase to 2012-so-far, Field Day proved it was worth its salt this year. But with pints at £4.70 each, it'd be nice if they could try and keep the ticket price the same next year.