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10 August 2008
Foals brought a sun-drenched Field Day to a sizzling climax last night (Saturday) as they headlined their first UK festival.
The Oxford band topped the bill of the indie one-day festival, which took place in London's Victoria
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".
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
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.