Foals bring soggy Field Day to sizzling close

Oxford math rockers headline their first UK festival

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

10 August 2008

The Oxford band topped the bill of the indie one-day festival, which took place in London's Victoria Park.

They raced through tracks from debut album 'Antidotes', including 'Cassius' and 'Two Socks Pugie', before performing their second single 'Mathletics' as their encore. 

Earlier, singer Yannis Philipakis took time thank the crowd for braving the rain, saying: "Thanks for sticking around for us".

He also made reference to the mysteriously low sound levels on the Converse/Eat Your Own Ears main stage, joking: "Hope you can hear us".

But things were a vast improvement on last year, Field Day's debut outing, when entry delays, sound problems and long queues forced complaints from many punters.

Instead, there was a good atmosphere throughout the day, despite the heavy rain which deluged the site on and off throughout the ten-hour festival.

Inevitably, the Adventures In Beetroot Field tent was packed as fans sheltered from the showers, meaning sets from The Mae Shi and Arctic Monkeys DJ Matt Helders drew packed crowds. Dan Deacon was forced to pull out, however, after his passport was stolen.

Les Savy Fav also pulled in the numbers on the Converse/Eat Your Own Ears stage, with an energetic set that ended in a small stage invasion. Previously, Lightspeed Champion filled in for Mystery Jest, who have been forced to cancel all their scheduled dates due to illness.

Other highlights from the day included Noah And The Whale, Laura Marling, Efterklang and Fionn Regan.


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