Animal Collective brought the annual Field Day festival to a close last night (May 25), performing material from their 2012 album ‘Centipede Hrtz’.
Fans who turned up at the start of the day were able to catch a number of new acts, with Gabriel Bruce, Metz and Stealing Sheep all performing. The mid-afternoon also brought sets from Savages, Splashh, Chvrches and King Krule. Local Natives made a last minute guest appearance on the Village Mentality stage while Mount Kimbie performed tracks from their new album ‘Cold Spring Faultless Youth’ on the Laneway Stage.
Solange pulled arguably the biggest audience of the day for her early evening set on the main stage. Mixing things up between old material and songs from her 2012 EP ‘True’, the US singer was joined onstage for ‘Losing You’ by producer and writer, Dev Hynes. Meanwhile, Everything Everything’ followed Solange on the main stage, playing a hit-laden set from across their two albums, including ‘Cough Cough’ and ‘Kemosabe’ from their 2013 album ‘Arc’.
Palma Violets impressed on the Laneway Stage after having their set time bumped up from an early afternoon slot to playing directly before headliners, and former NME Awards Tour mates, Django Django. Tearing through songs from their debut album, the band pulled a huge crowd with fans left watching from outside the tent. Elsewhere, Disclosure brought their chart-friendly hits to a packed Bugged Out tent with ‘Latch’ and ‘White Noise’ sending the audience wild.
As night fell on Victoria Park in East London, Animal Collective took to the stage with an elaborate light show and songs from across their critically adored career. ‘My Girls’ and ‘Brother Sport’ elevated the audience, fitting in around newer material such as ‘Honeycomb’ and ‘Monkey Riches’. Meanwhile, those able to get into the Bugged Out tent caught TNGHT with Hudson Mohawke and Lunice splicing Kanye West tracks with their own material, ending the set with ‘Higher Ground’.