Who would have thought this year we were going to have summer in London. After last year’s only-one-week-of-sun, the horrible winter and the not so good spring, I was losing hope. You see, for someone from the south of Spain it’s difficult to understand how’s it even possible to be wearing winter boots in June, even after 5 years in the UK, it’s hard to get used to it.
But the summer finally came and ‘oh! surprise!’ it seems it hasn’t left yet!
And with the summer the great festivals. Hooray! Full days of music for our entertainment and pleasure. This year I haven’t been to as many as I would have liked, but hey, something is something.
Opening the season was Field Day. Myself and a group of friends headed to Victoria Park on the 25th of May (not quite summer, but hey, it was sunny, and that counts) to celebrate the hen party of a great friend of mine.
It was a very sunny day, and we were ready to have fun! Lots of beer, dancing and good music. What I like the most about Field Day is that most of the music is quite unknown or at least not super main stream. And I like that. I like to be surprised with good stuff. I like going to festivals without doing much research prior to the event. I like walking around the place with a drink in hand and dancing to what my body needs at the time; and that has proven to be a great way to find new stuff to listen to.
Bat for Lashes was a good discovery for me. I have heard about her before, but I haven’t really stopped and listened to her music until Field Day. It was stunning. She has an amazingly beautiful voice, and she did a great performance. Most of it wasn’t very danceable, but it was nice to sit down for a bit and just listen to nice music. There were a couple of more dance-y tunes and that was nice to bring us back up and keep running around.
Different style and genre, but yet another great discovery from Field Day was TNGHT. Now, I am not a huge fan of trap music, but these guys know how to rock it. And their tunes really make you want to dance. Check out one of my favourite tunes of this year (so far):
In July we headed to Secret Garden Party. I am preparing a dedicated post about the whole experience, because otherwise this one would be too long, but I would like to mention a few musical highlights in advance, of the 4 days we spent there.
First mention for the reggae band General Roots , not only because they were good fun and have an amazing cover of Joker Smoker by Triston Palma, but also because they took some lyrics from Pure Morning by Placebo and added them to that cover. Boom!
Another great discovery was The Other Tribe , an electropop band from Bristol with an amazing energy on stage. I absolutely loved it and I danced like crazy to it. Good fun!
Enough of Secret Garden Party for now, it’s time to talk about African music! My friend Vincent’s girlfriend was part of the organizers of the Africa Centre Summer Festival that took place in Covent Garden, and following his recommendation Jesper and I headed downtown to see what was cooking. We arrived right on time for Kasai Masai, and man they were groovy! The guy ended up with a spectacular dance – I wish I could move my hips as well as him! Impressive.
Later that night Nneka was playing. Unfortunately we had to leave before we could see her, but I later researched her, and her music is pretty cool. I particularly like her tunes Shining Star and Heartbeat.
And to sum up, last weekend we went down to the Southbank for the Sud de France Joie de Vivre Festival. It was kind of an “after party” organised by the Southbank in collaboration with the people from the Worldwide Festival. We were supposed to join our friends in Sète earlier this year, but we couldn’t go due to work, but we’re definitely going next year!
So here it ends my story about the festivals this summer. Make sure you enjoy the last days of this beautiful before lovely autumn comes to London. After all,
In the summer time when the weather is high
You can stretch right up and touch the sky