Yen’s Best Moments Of Field Day 2017
Traditionally January 1st is a day spent curled up in bed with a bottle of Hydralyte at the ready, but it takes a special type of person (see: one with a cast iron liver) to ring in the New Year alongside 28,000 other festivalgoers. This year’s Field Day lineup was always going to be special, particularly for those who’ve fallen under Childish Gambino’s neo-funk spell with Awaken, My Love!. To fuel your FOMO and give you a taste of what you missed (or readily remind you of that glorious yet humid day) we’ve picked out our highlights from this year’s Sydney event.
At a time when festivals are being critiqued for their lack of female representation, Field Day made it damn near impossible to not see at least one crazy-talented lady strutting her stuff on stage. From AlunaGeorge straight up nailing a cover of the timeless Etta James hit ‘At Last’ to our cover star and bona fide rap queen Tkay Maidza showing why she’s one of the best in the biz, Field Day’s female contingent made for one hell of a way to kick off 2017. Honourable mentions go out to Broods, Phantogram, Nyxen, Shura, Made in Paris, Vera Blue, Montaigne and Alison Wonderland, who effortlessly kept the energy at an all-time high.
Festival fashion is renowned for being eclectic, fun and over-the-top because where else can you dress like a glitter fairy and slink around like it ain’t no thang? The sparkling punters were out in full force this year, their faces and bodies encrusted with more glitter and jewels than a new season Swarovski cabinet. If you didn’t resemble a glistening disco ball as you shuffled from stage to stage, you were definitely in the minority. Looking chic as anything, countless girls also opted for see-through lace pieces à la Kendall Jenner at Coachella.
Bow Down To The Rap Gods
The last slots of the night were dedicated to two of the most talented players in the rap game: Childish Gambino and Chance The Rapper. Chance blessed us with a range of tracks from his mixtapes, with his two newer songs ‘No Problems’ and ‘All Night’ causing the crowd to go absolutely bonkers. Yeezy may not have been in attendance but it didn’t stop the Chicago-raised rapper from performing ‘Ultralight Beam’ much to everyone’s enjoyment. If you’ve never given him the time of day, now is as good a time as any to get yourself acquainted. When Donald Glover appeared on stage, a deafening roar erupted that only seemed to intensify when he whipped off his shirt. He began with newie ‘Me and Your Mama’ and made sure fan favourites like ‘Sweatpants’ and ‘3005’ got a look in, the crowd singing back every word of ‘3005’ as he wrapped up his set. We’re convinced there’s no finer way to end a festival in style than a solid hour of Gambeezy tunes.
Dancing for eight hours straight can get tiring so apart from downing outrageously expensive beverages you’ll need some more substantial fuel for your fire. In a dedicated corner of the The Domain there was a food truck area filled with every snack and munchie you could think of: burgers, organic nachos, bahn mi, gyros, hot chips, hot dogs… There was more than enough to hit the spot (for even the fussiest of eaters) and we’re salivating at the mere thought of it.
Dance Floor Beats
If partying till the early hours of the morning on New Year’s Eve wasn’t enough to sate the party animal within, Field Day boasted some killer EDM artists at their Left Field stage. A latecomer to the lineup, Chinese-American artist Zhu closed out the stage, keeping our heads bopping and our hips swaying throughout. Beloved Aussie dance acts What So Not and Alison Wonderland were both lit, crazy, off the hook – if you weren’t dripping with sweat after their sets, you simply weren’t doing it right. Electro/hip-hop duo Hermitude never fail to impress and they treated the crowd to a brand new track which is destined for hours of airtime once it’s finally out in the world.
Yo VIP, Let’s Kick It!
If you’re someone who has the cashflow to afford a VIP festival pass, it’s well worth your while: You enter the venue through a different gate, have an exclusive area to charge your phone and store your junk (suck it, plebs!) plus, there is a whole area dedicated to VIPs with some much needed umbrellas, an undercover area, toilets and a bar. It was an oasis for those who can’t stand crowds or the thought of tackling the seemingly unending queue for drinks. A complete and utter treat yo’self experience if ever there was one.
The Weather Outside Is Weather
Hear me out: sure, the humidity was a killer but as soon as the heavens opened up and drenched us with a downpour, it was a blessing in disguise. What’s worse than it pouring rain during a festival? When it’s sweltering and there is no respite because there’s next to no shelter in the middle of a park. At least it only drizzled so we didn’t have to reenact Splendour in the Grass ca. 2015.