It’s winter. It’s cold. I need to wear 3 layers whenever I walk outside now. So I think it’s a good time to remember back to a warmer time… a time where the sun was out, the sky was blue and 20,000+ people party on New Years Day in the centre of Sydney!
Fuzzy’s New Years Day music festival Field Day has become a tradition for many in Sydney. An institution. A lot of people have a quiet new years eve just to be prepared for Field Day – it has that much pulling power.
So when I was asked to photograph Field Day this year, I couldn’t say no.
Field Day 2014 had a massive line up, as usual. All the biggest & best touring artists tend to make an appearance at Field Day. 2014 included some epic artists including Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, Flume, What So Not, London Grammar, Dusky, Chet Faker….the list goes on.
I was tasked with looking after one of the side stages, plus filling in where ever else needed. The great thing about that was I got to catch one of my favourite DJ’s, Dusky!
One thing I’ve always noticed at Field Day (I’ve been going on and off for 8+ years) is the fashion. And this year was definitely 60’s/hippy style. Bubbles, circle glasses, flowers etc. Made photographing that much better, always an interesting look where ever I walked!
Although I missed London Grammar (and hadn’t really heard much of them) I found out their following pretty quickly when about 50 people were crowded near the back-stage area, trying to peek through a tiny hole in the fence, taking photos on their iPhone’s…Wondering if I was missing something, I asked someone what was going on. I got a very quick response – “It’s Hannah!!”
I must have had a puzzled look on my face, because a few seconds later this helpful fan said “Hannah Reid….from London Grammar!”
Needless to say, she had a pretty big following and people went a little crazy when she walked out to the general public to say hello. It’s always so good to see artists spend time with their fans.
The other highlight for me was the “Happy Ending”. Looking at the set times, Flume was to play the closing set on the main stage. And then for the next 15 minutes it simply said Happy Ending.
As Flume was getting toward the end of his set, it was raining. I’d got all my shots for the day, and walking back to the media room I get a quick SMS telling me to be at the main stage after Flume – something special is going to happen.
Flume ends, and not only did he ask Chat Faker to come and preform live in stage as an encore…then he brings out some turntables and Flume, Emoh Instead and Skrillex all play for 10 minutes back to back! By this stage the crowd was going bananas. With Skrillex not even playing the festival, it wasn’t something anyone expected!!
And that was Field Day 2014. Fun in the sun, good people, amazing music and some really great photographs!
Below is a selection of my personal favourite shots from the day. For a full selection of photos from the day, be sure to visit the Field Day Facebook Page!
If you’re looking for a Sydney music photographer, be sure to get in touch with me.