Why I Gave Up NYE For New Year's Day
I didn’t go all out on New Year’s Eve because I was saving myself for what is promised as the country’s premiere New Year’s Day party: Field Day 2016, which didn’t disappoint!
After navigating the crowds pouring in at the entrance, my first stop was more accident than interest, as I found myself catching Aussie hip-hop’s golden child Allday.
London import Daniel Avery’s 3PM time slot was a wildcard for me; in an ideal world, he would hit the decks at 3AM; but he still pulled a decent crowd, before I quickly had to move back to the main stage and catch Australia’s Ta-ku.
Ta-ku is a difficult one to pin down. Thankfully, I’ve been lucky enough to see him three times, and in my opinion he trumps even Flume. Main stage was looking good from here on in.
There was an anxious stir because we all knew, that what was about to happen next was going to be something to behold, and remember, “tis place was about to get shut down”.
Yes Skepta, absoutluty killed it; the whole crowd was up and about and jumping and driving. Ta-ku had set the pace only moments before, and Skepta delivered.
RL Grime drew some damn people, especially huge responses to his remix of The Weeknd, a set that kept changing gears, higher and harder and honestly afterwards I needed water (luckily the good people who run this festival provided free water.)
As the day turned to night and I sat from a distance watching Flight Facilities and Touch Sensitive on bass, I was caught thinking about how good it’s been for them. One of our very own, smashing it, playing the dance music hits people have come to know and love on Australia radio and on the dance-floors.
Boys Noize have been praised by dance music and non-dance music lovers the world over, even getting the tick of musical approval from Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. They delivered a belting set of hard electro, techno, and classics.
Disclosure, who need no introduction, had their hit songs bellowed through the speakers, and out of the punters mouths all as if the songs themselves were recorded with chanting fans.
Is this Australia’s best New Year’s Day party? Of course it is. Has that ever been up for debate?
- Jack Cain