Field Day Festival 2016 [Review]

Field Day returned to it home of Victoria Park on the 11-12th June for it’s 10th year, and this year it proceeded to open it’s doors to Grime. The festival is normally known for being a predominately indie/rock music festival, so it was intriguing that it opened it’s doors to some big names from the UK’s homegrown genre, which saw Skepta perform live on the Eat Your Own Ears main stage.

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Skepta performance was at 4pm and the clouds gave way to rain, but this did not stop people heading to watch him, and he drew in a massive crowd. As he opened with BBK’s DJ Maximum to ‘That’s Not Me’ he told the crowd how he loved them for standing there in the rain to watch him, showing his appreciation for his fans. As it continued to rain he went into his ‘Blacklisted’ track ‘Ace Hood Flow’ which most people didn’t seem to know, but it didn’t stop them enjoying themselves. He continued into ‘It Ain’t Safe’ ft. Young Lord and then brought out Shorty and Jammer whilst Maximum dropped well-known Grime track Rebound X ‘Rhythm ‘N’ Gash’ mixed into more Grime tracks whilst the three spat hard bars. Drawing near the end, the sun came out and he perfomed ‘Man (Gang)’ to a wilder crowd and everyone seemed to be skanking out.

Slimzee one of Grime’s pioneers and most influential people in the scene was up next at the bandstand, and he opened with some Wiley tunes, drawing a decent sized amount of people over to the small stage. As he played more tracks, he seemed to capture more attention and people flocked to have listen to his selection of the wickedest Grime tracks and have a good rave.

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Next up was another Boy Better Know member; Frisco who was joined by one of Grime’s hardest producer/DJ’s, Sir Spryo. The North London emcee switched up his set performing tracks from his recently released ‘System Killer’ album where you could hear the crowd spitting the bars word for word, to performing BBK’s ‘Too Many Men’ which got the crowd rowdy, along with his bars from Skepta’s ‘Detox’ and many more.

Novelist was the last but not least over on The Fader stage joined by DJ Grandmixxer and upcoming East London MC Fusion. The two created the maddest hype from the crowd, taking their t-shirts off half way through as they were jumping around so much. He got the audience chanting, ‘F**k David Cameron.’ He managed to not perform any of his own songs, just bars and tunes, reminiscent of an old skool Grime set.

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