Little Boots, Santigold, Horrors play a wet Field Day

Rain showers hit the one-day festival in London

Little Boots, Santigold and The Horrors were amongst the acts that played London‘s day-long Field Day festival yesterday (Aug 1) in Victoria Park.

Santigold‘s set on the main Eat Your Own Ears stage took place 35 minutes late due to technical difficulties as well as a heavy rain downpour, which saw most of the crowd disperse into the many music tents on site.

Appearing at 7:35pm (BST) in matching green trousers and a jacket, a cheerful Santigold told the re-assembled crowd, “It’s a fucking rainy disaster out there! You guys look good though,” before singing ‘You’ll Find A Way’.


She also treated the soggy audience to a cover of The Cure‘s ‘Killing An Arab’. Introducing her two backing singer/dancers as “the baddest bitches on the scene,” Santigold invited five members of the crowd on stage to dance during her last song, ‘Creator’.

Santigold‘s late arrival meant that Skream, who followed her on the stage, had to cut his show short in order to make way for headliners Mogwai.

The festival, now in its third year, kicked off at midday. One of the first bands on were Swedish sibling duo First Aid Kit, who played an acoustic show in the Village Mentality tent.

Introducing ‘You’re Not Coming Home Tonight’ lead vocalist Klara Söderberg said, “This one goes out to all the housewives in the audience.” The pair also played their cover of Fleet Foxes‘Tiger Mountain Peasant Song’.

Battling against the sound of the much louder Bugged Out! tent next door, The xx played the small Bloggers Delight stage at 3.30pm. Dressed all in black, the four piece played ‘VCR’ and ‘Crystalised’ to a packed tent.

The Horrors began their set on the Eat Your Own Ears stage playing to a sea of umbrellas covering the audience as rain showers began to hit the site. Fronted by a leather jacketed Faris Badwan, the band played material from their second album, ‘Primary Colours’.


Across site Little Boots arrived onstage at the busy Bugged Out! tent at 6.05pm, wearing towering stilettos and a voluminous black sequinned dress.

Opening her set with ‘Earthquake’, Little Boots, aka Victoria Hesketh, went on to play her infamous Tenori-On as well a Stylophone on ‘Meddle’, encouraging the crowd to clap along before asking the rammed tent, “Has anyone been drinking?”.

At the same time the all-female voice choir Gaggle played a special, un-amplified set on the park’s bandstand. It was the second show of the day for the band, who had also opened up the Eat Your Own Ears stage at midday.

Barnstorming folk rockers Mumford and Sons played new song ‘Whispers In The Dark’ during their set in the Village Mentality tent, as well as ‘Little Lion Man’ and ‘Sigh No More’, which both received rapturous crowd responses as the rain outside muddied the site.

As Mogwai headlined the Eat Your Own Ears stage, Mystery Jets played the Adventures In The Beetroot Field tent, which had seen sets from Plugs and Wild Beasts earlier in the day.

Coming on to the sirens from the opening of ‘Hideaway’ alongside blue flashing lights, the band’s set became a mass sing-along as the hyped up crowd sang along with every word of ‘Half In Love With Elizabeth’, ‘Young Love’ and ‘Two Doors Down’.

Guitarist William Rees, dedicated ‘Flakes’ to DJ Erol Alkan, who produced the track and played at the festival earlier. Rees also introduced their 2006 song ‘Diamonds in the Dark’ as a “golden oldie.”