Field Day (Saturday), 8th June 2019

Photography by Andy Xu

Field Day’s Saturday began, and continued with, some much-welcomed sunshine. Find all the details on Friday’s festivities here. The weekend was fully underway, and the crowds began to make their way through the overgrown and hazy Tottenham Marshes towards the festival site.

Saturday was far busier than Friday, with the weekend warriors showing up in full force. Pusha T led mainstage proceedings on Saturday, but his performance felt slightly lacklustre over his fuzzy backing DJ.

The festival had sadly been plagued with technical problems since the previous day. It was only really the Printworks hosted stage that maintained a high level of sound and technical quality throughout. The change to it’s new Enfield home was an interesting experiment, which attempted to change the atmosphere along with the musical genre whenever you entered a new space. The result of this was somewhat patchy, with the hits being big hits (see Death Grips and Skepta on Friday) or misses.

The highlight of the day came in the explosive form of JPEG Mafia, who brought with him a brand of odd, sliding punk rap. The moshing, jumping and jostling became so intense in the Boileroom stage that security simply couldn’t cope and began to call on audience members to hold back the metal barriers separating the crowd from Peggy. It gave his infamous tagline “Daaaaamn Peggy” a whole new meaning.

Staight off the back of this ridiculousness came a set from the legendary Black Madonna, who blended uplifting disco, house and techno to create a groovy dance experience. The incredible visual set up behind her explored themes of love, queerness and self-acceptance. Sadly, after her set wrapped, the music stopped as security tried and failed to ferry a few thousand pie-eyed partiers out of the giant warehouse, to let in those who had bought a night-time wristband. As you can imagine, this process was slow and tedious, with many day-time ticket holders just hiding inside to avoid being caught. Walking away from the site, you could see literal armies of security being called in to deal with the hordes of people waiting to enter the sight after dark.

With its technical problems and crowd control issues, Field Day 2019 was at times a difficult event to enjoy. But, as stated above, the hitters were massive; JPEG Mafia and Death Grips were unsuspecting surprises, whilst Skepta brought a feeling of hometown spirit to the first day. All in all, a mixed bag, but lots of fun. Let’s see what happens next year.