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The Horrors rule Field Day fest

By Hayley Clarke
BBC Blast Reporter

The Horrors, Little Boots and The Big Pink brave the rain to play the third instalment of the London fete-festival.

The Horrors
Mercury Prize nominated rockers The Horrors played an early evening set

The organisers of London fete-festival Field Day haven't had the best of luck - last year it was hampered by biblical bad weather.

This year once again fell victim to more unpleasant English weather, but unlike previous before the vibe of the festival remained high as 20,000 punters roamed the site enjoying the eclectic line up.

Little Boots
Little Boots played a set on the Blogger's Delight stage

"We mainly came to see Fake Blood," says punter Jonathan Gurteen from London. "I came two years ago and it was so badly organised you couldn't get a drink for love or money. This year's so much better."

First bands

First up on the Main Stage are BBC Introducing faves Gaggle, an alternative all-girl choir draped in brightly coloured cloths, chanting misfit harmonies with modern-hinged lyrics such as "I'm drunk, she's drunk".

Following that, Glasgow's Errors to whirl through an electronic instrumental set whilst wild-haired King Charles' country guitars ring out from the Beetroot stage.

Melbourne's destined for big-things The Temper Trap also captivate with their blend of indie-rock and soul.

In keeping with the day's theme, games of tug of war, the egg and spoon race and hay bale throwing take place on the Village Green.

Boots soaked

During Fake Blood on the Bugged Out stage, Little Boot's (a.k.a Victoria Hesketh) shelters from the rain whilst preparing for her set after a mishap involving the band's stage costumes.

"We lost all our costumes this morning," she says.

"We've got capes and hoods that we come on with - a bit like Jedis. So there'll be a bit of improvisation going on but I'm sure it wont stop the spirit of it.

"Fake Blood's on before us and Erol Alkan's on afterwards so I think ours is the rave tent. It all seems really fun, it's raining but no-one seems to mind."

A sea of umbrellas emerge during the Horrors set. You can hear frontman Farris growling from across the other side of the site as he murmurs beneath a cloud of purple lights.

Sack racing
Other Field Day activities included sack racing

Faris Badwan has tamed his mane and although his vocals rumble across the stage eerily, their frightening loud sound isn't nearly as obscure as it once was.

Little Boots somehow manages to make pop-music acceptable amongst a thoroughly indie crowd as she produces infectious beats and pitch perfect vocals.

London mobsters The Big Pink play to a slightly less enthusiastic crowd, seemingly captivated by the trios' synth-fused grunge.

Headline band

Headliners, Mogwai, promptly grace the Main Stage after Skream's thumping dupstep is cut short to keep the event from going over curfew.

With it being the Glaswegian band's only English festival date this year expectations are high.

As the surrounding tents begin to wind down and all that's left is the distant sound of throbbing bass, the 5-piece plough through an atmospheric ensemble of dreamy melodies and pounding, heavy guitars that burst into crescendos when the audience least expect it.

As they make a dedication to the late football manager, Sir Bobby Robson, their seamless wave of melodies make for the perfect finale to this damp, but lively festival.

Let's hope the sun comes out to play next year.



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