Waking up on the 1st of January is often a rough start for most of us, but the New Years Eve hangovers did not appear to curb the enthusiasm of this year’s Field Day Punters. I had never been to Field Day before, but with the release of this year’s stellar lineup my friends and I decided to take Field Day for a spin.
Heading to the Domain, the temperature was pleasant, not overly hot, but there were ominous clouds covering the Domain. The first act for the day was the ever cool, Aluna George. She was my must see act for the day and definitely didn’t disappoint. Her well known hit, ‘I’m in control‘ had the entire crowd on their feet and kicked off the day to a great start.
Next up was our beloved Aussie Rap Queen, Tkay Maizda (top picture). Having seen her a couple of times before I knew we were in for a great performance. She played some of her classic hits including ‘Uh Huh‘ and ‘M.O.B‘ but sadly didn’t play one of my personal favourites, ‘Brontosaurus‘. She worked the entire crowd and stage, finishing her set with one of 2016’s favourite songs, ‘Simulation’.
The afternoon and evening turned into a non-stop danceathon with artists SAFIA, What So Not and Alison Wonderland all back to back on The Centre Field (main stage). All three artists worked the crowd but Alison Wonderland’s dynamic set stood out mixing trap with rap by Kanye West and unleashing her new single, ‘Messiah‘.
The set clashes for the tail end of the night divided my group. The Centre Field Stage featured Chance The Rapper followed by triple threat, Childish Gambino, where The Island Stage had New Zealand favourites Broods followed by house favourites, Zhu. I was eager to see the latter and split off from the majority of my group.
Both Broods and Zhu did not disappoint and I was happy with my decision to switch stages. The heavens opened and provided a sprinkling of rain on the hot an sweaty Field Day crowd. Broods lead singer, Georgia Nott, commanded the audience with her pitch perfect voice belting out well known favourites ‘Bridges‘, ‘Couldn’t Believe‘ and ‘Heartlines‘.
Then Zhu took to the stage for the final act of the night. Having seen Zhu at Coachella in 2016, I was eager to relive the experience here in Sydney. The two piece live band accompanied by Steven Zhu behind the DJ decks appeared on stage dressed in black robes, with the neon Zhu logo dominating the stage. The next hour was filled with seamless hit after hit, with the crowd sent into a flurry when ‘Working for it‘ and 2014 global hit, ‘Faded‘ were dropped. Zhu’s spectacular set was easily the highlight of the day and closed off my first ever Field Day experience.