Metronomy played their inaugural festival headline set last night (June 7), topping the bill at day one of Field Day in London’s Victoria Park.
Taking to this stage at 9.30pm clad in coordinated white outfits and backed by cut outs of giant, pink clouds from their recent ‘Love Letters’ album artwork, the band kicked off with two tracks from second album ‘Nights Out’ – ‘Holiday’ and ‘Radio Ladio’ – before breaking into ‘Love Letters’ with an extended intro.
Speaking to the crowd for the first time about the sun going down and “old man moon” coming up, frontman Joe Mount then lead the group into ‘The Look’ and ‘I’m Aquarius’, during which drummer Anna Prior came down to stage left to provide backing vocals with keyboard player Oscar Cash.
With the disco ball at the top of the stage revolving, they continued with ‘Reservoir’ and ‘She Wants’ before Prior then took lead vocals with Mount for ‘Everything Goes My Way’. Continuing with ‘Side 2’, ‘Corrine’ and ‘The Upsetter’, Mount then declared he’d “never done this before but [he’d] seen it done” and proceeded to divide the crowd into halves and get each side to cheer in turn. Cash then took to the centre of the stage to sing ‘Naked Smile’ before the band finished with old single ‘Heartbreaker’, ‘The Bay’, ‘The Most Immaculate Haircut’ and ‘You Could Easily Have Me’.
‘Everything Goes My Way’
‘Month Of Sundays’
‘The Most Immaculate Haircut’
‘You Could Easily Have Me’
Earlier in the day, Blood Orange aka Dev Hynes played a set in the blazing sunshine on the Main Stage, sharing lead vocals with girlfriend and former Friends singer Samantha Urbani. Playing the likes of ‘You’re Not Good Enough’ and ‘It Is What It Is’, the singer also dedicated ‘Always Let U Down’ – a cover of Mansun’s ‘I Can Only Disappoint U’ – to Mansun singer Paul Draper while Florence Welch of Florence And The Machine could be seen dancing at the side of the stage throughout.
Playing a mash up of songs at the end of the set including two Florence tracks – ‘Dog Days Are Over’ and ‘Shake It Out’ – as well as Solange track ‘Losing You’, which was written by Hynes, the singer also welcomed rapper Skepta to the stage for a brief collaboration.
Elsewhere, Fat White Family played a packed set on the Shacklewell Arms stage, with singer Lias Saoudi performing topless and leading the band through cuts from album ‘Champagne Holocaust’ including ‘Cream Of The Young’, ‘Heaven On Earth’ and closing with ‘Borderline’ as the crowd booed the lack of encore.
Warpaint pulled a large crowd to the Main Stage, drawing on tracks from their debut and recent self-titled second album alongside a cover of David Bowie’s ‘Ashes To Ashes’, which they recently premiered at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, while Courtney Barnett also had crowds spilling out of the tent into the park for her early evening set.
Field Day continues today (June 8) with a headline set from Pixies and performances from The Horrors, Temples and Pond among others.