London’s Field Day fest pics: Ride, Patti Smith, Gaz Coombes, Mac DeMarco, Viet Cong, DIIV, Eagulls & more
photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr
Ride / Patti Smith / Gaz Coombes / Savages @ Field Day 6/7/2015
The polarities of Sunday’s rock-friendly bill are represented by Mac DeMarco and Savages. DeMarco is a nonchalant goofball whose slacker self-deprecation (“We got nothing else to do”) and wayward frazzle-rock suits the genial tempo of a blazingly hot afternoon. By contrast, Savages are all discipline and attack. Their spiky punk noir is like a glass shard to the ribs and Jehnny Beth, who dedicates Fuckers to anyone dismayed by the general election result, is an increasingly formidable frontwoman.
And so to the veterans. Patti Smith’s 40-year-old album Horses was a jukebox of influences – garage-rock, soul, reggae – reconfigured with a poetic downtown sensibility. She performs it in full with urgency, pathos (dedicating Elegie to “anyone you wish to remember”) and wry humour. After slightly botching Break It Up she says, “I never do nothing perfect. I only fuck up perfect.” Reunited 90s indie heroes Ride have a slim catalogue for headliners, but they make a glorious noise, intense yet comforting: frontman Mark Gardener dedicates the effects-pedal firestorm on Drive Blind to obvious influences My Bloody Valentine. They are clearly delighted to be back. Early in the set, the propulsive Seagull goes down so well that Gardener says, “Good night! Only joking.” – [The Guardian]
London’s Field Day Festival took place last weekend (June 6 & 7) in Victoria Park, with a very impressive lineup. Day 2 featured Patti Smith, Ride, Savages, former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes, Viet Cong, Mac DeMarco, DIIV, Matthew E. White, Ducktails, Allah-Las and more. Pictures from that day are in this post. Day 1 featured Run the Jewels, Caribou, FKA twigs, Toumani & Sidiki Diabate, Stealing Sheep, QT and more.
Viet Cong will be in NYC this week for Northside Fest, playing two shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Girl Band, plus American Wrestlers on Saturday (6/13), and Sannhet on Sunday (6/14). Advance tickets for both are sold out, but they will be taking limited Northside badges, so if you have one of those, arrive early. More pictures from Day 2 of London’s Field Day festival, below….
Matthew E. White
Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve