Performers from the UK played alongside musicians from all over the world, with an impressive roster of acts squashed into 11 fun-packed hours.
The day kicked off with German krautrock stalwarts Faust, albeit with a different line-up to the original 70s crew. Bassist James Johnston from Gallon Drunk joined them on stage, and it wasn’t long before Jean-Hervé Péron had fired up his electric drill and beat up an oil drum, while the rest of the band dug their heels into a whacked-out industrial jam.
Half-German Bristol-based chanteuse Anika took to the Bloggers Delight stage after, channelling the spirit of Nico as she cantered through the stand-out covers from her eponymous debut album. Featuring Geoff Barrow’s Beak> as her backing band, she took to the helm with eerie detachment, as the band rounded her spiky edges with spongy dub basslines and warm synthy chords.
Brooklyn’s Ducktails also put on a valiant show; a dapper one-man enterprise, twanging his guitar in his dark shades and rolled-up chinos behind a desk piled high with effects boxes. Meanwhile New Zealand ex-pat Connan Mockasin played with a full band, drawing from last year’s psychedelic gem of an album Please Turn Me into the Snat to build a lush and beguiling set.
Cue short rain shower, followed by a double helping of rainbow. Lovely.
Brighton band Electrelane returned after a three-year hiatus, drawing in one of the biggest crowds of the day. Their set was peppered with the motorik instrumentals from their very first album, and, with no new material on the horizon, they played a set packed with old favourites.
And, as the festival drew to a close, Factory Floor and Detroit legend Carl Craig closed the festival in style.
All pictures courtesy of Mike Winship.
Field Day Festival, Victoria Park, London, 6 August 2011.