Taking place in east London's Victoria Park, yesterday's (2 June) Field Day festival mixed indie, dance and DJs from the 'cooler' end of the musical spectrum. Here's Q's selection of the ten best acts we saw at the all-dayer.
Here We Go Magic
One of the first acts on, the Brooklyn-based band managed to cram their mix of pure pop and expansive jams into a refreshingly packed half an hour set.
The Tame Impala spin off band trade in freaky psych rock, but earned a special mention for embellishing it with some jazz flute on the main stage. More Ron Burgundy than Jethro Tull, but that's Ok, it was that kind of festival.
Rather than try to sandpaper off your ears as they've done in the past, the American trio took a leaf out of Radiohead's Kid A manual and left it to the glitch-led moodscapes of their new album WIXIW to entrance the main stage crowd into a hypnotic fervour.
Boasting heart-warming, enveloping anthems that gave the afternoon sun a run for its radiance, the young Londoners proved bigger than the modest Shacklewell Arms tent they played as they triggered much feet shuffling amongst the packed in audience.
Delivering a psychedelic road trip without needing to leave Victoria Park, the London-based band probably only played three songs in their sprawling yet sharp set, but each one proved to be a satisfying and engaging journey.
There's a slight suspicion that Adam Bainbridge is 'cheating' as his material quotes heavily from funk classics (and the EastEnders theme!) but then again he does it so well! Executed onstage with the unlikely but winning backing of soul singers and big, gong like drums, Kindness' grooves ultimately pulsed with a compelling, hip-grinding energy.
The Brooklyn iPod ad graduates provided a serene moment against the London bustle, as their swooning songs captivated an enthralled audience at the surprisingly modest Red Bull Tent.
A coming of age moment for Devonshire's finest indie band. Joe Mount and co's return to Field Day saw them step out of the tents and establish their main stage festival credentials in assured fashion.
Worthy headliners on their UK festival comeback, Alex Kapranos and co peppered their set with plenty of favourites to get the girls and boys dancing (in the rain) plus included a handful of enticing new song that suggest LP four is worth the wait. They also paid tribute to Donna Summer, with the Franz frontman managing to hit the high notes as they covered I Feel Love.
The festival's cheeky night cap late on. Like eating sweets before bedtime, the singer's Happy Soup-led set was a pleasingly naughty'n'nice treat at the end of the (field) day.
Paul Stokes @Stokesie
For more about Field Day, head to Fielddayfestivals.com.
11:12 AM | 03/06/2012
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