The Herb Whisperer goes to Field Day Festival

The Herb Whisperer is currently over in London in a professional capacity but he has been tearing himself away from the computer (when workload allows) to spend all his cash in record shops, Spitalfields Market, and gigs.

One such gig was Field Day held in Victoria Park, in the East End of London on Saturday 2 August.

The day started ominously with The Herb Whisperer boarding the tube and being the only passenger wearing a Manchester United t-shirt in a carriage full of Gooners (the weekend was full of football friendlies and HW didn’t get stabbed) and ended symbolically in torrential rain. However, there was some music in between.

Here is the Herb Whisperer’s Tell It Like It Is™ exclusive report…

The xx
The xx were really good. All lined up next to each other in a row – two guitars, one bass and an MPC. No “Teardrops” though, but everyone was limited to 30 or 45 min on stage. They do look moody, but I reckon it’s just nerves. After all they are freakishly young. The JAMC used to say the reason they looked so arrogant and faced the back of the stage was because they were shitting themselves. The girl lead singer reminds me of Tracy Thorn.

Field Day 2009: The Horrors on stage. The huge guy in the Team Michigan jacket is Oliver Sim from The xx.

Field Day 2009: The Horrors on stage. The huge guy in the Team Michigan jacket is Oliver Sim from The xx.

The Horrors
Stood next to The xx boy lead singer (Oliver Sim) during The Horrors set. He’s a big fucker. I swear I wasn’t stalking, he just happened to lumber in next to me when the set started.

I’ll be charitable to The Horrors and say that a combination of the first rain of the day, daylight and an open air stage did them no favours. Better experienced in a dingy club I reckon, although the main fault may be that Sea Within A Sea is head and shoulders above everything else in their arsenal, making most of the gig a bit pedestrian. Ooh. Err. Came over all all Guardian Music Weekly there.

Field Day 2009: This is the end. torrential rain.

Field Day 2009: This is the end. torrential rain.

The rest
Santigold was delayed by 40 mins when the torrential downpour happened and then I was caught between her, Malcolm Middleton, The Big Pink, Erol Alkan and Rusko all on different stages. So I took the tossers way out – ran round them all for 10 mins each so I could say “I’d seen them” rather than actually listening.

After that I fucked off home so I wouldn’t give Mogwai a chance to bore the shite out of me.

The verdict
Little Boots won on the day, with Micachu and The Shapes relegated to the Championship.

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