Sorry guys, there’s no way RL Grime’s Field Day set time will be moved
Taking the lead from an indignant Stereosonic fan who successfully petitioned to have wub-king Jauz’s Perth set time pushed back, last week RL Grime super-fan Dean Evans set up a Change.org petition to ask for the trap don’s Field Day set time to be moved back from 4.55pm.
A late afternoon set, Evans felt, was “basically an insult for an artist of his talent”; the bass fan wanted to see Henry Steinway’s set going down “at least after 7pm,” and preferably closing out the day ahead of Boys Noize and then Zeds Dead.
The petition garnered 686 supporters, but now Field Day’s promoters Fuzzy have allegedly waded in to the fray to explain why they can’t and won’t be moving RL Grime’s set time.
In an email sent to Evans and obtained by Pedestrian, Fuzzy boss John Wall explains the reasons why RL Grime’s set time “definitely won’t be changed”, namely because “there is absolutely nothing wrong with the current time… There is no musical reason to move him later amongst the house acts,” and most convincingly of all, because Fuzzy “would be in breach of contract with other acts if we move them.”
So there you have it – you can read the full email, as published by Pedestrian, below. If you were lucky enough to land a ticket for 1 January’s sold out Field Day, then you can look forward to a stacked day with Disclosure, Skepta, TEED, Boys Noize and more (just get there before 5pm if you want to catch RL Grime).
“We’re sorry that to you there is something wrong with the current set time and we appreciate your effort to communicate this to us and to try to get us to change it.
“However, it definitely won’t be changed, for a number of reasons:
“1. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the current time, it is 5 hours after doors open. We’ve had bigger acts play earlier without them or any customers complaining.
“2. There is no musical reason to move him later amongst the house acts, musically he fits much better where he is. Almost nobody arrives at Field Day later than 5pm – the place will be full, he’ll play to a capacity crowd and he doesn’t clash with anyone similar on other stages. His set time is in no way the slightest bit disrespectful.
“3. We have contracted the acts to play the times they are playing and would be in breach of contract with other acts if we move them.
“4. This years’ Field Day set times are about the most positively received we’ve had. As you are a big RL Grime fan and you know a lot of other fans, you think that he is the most important artist playing. However he isn’t as popular with Field Day ticket buyers as Disclosure, Flight Facilities or Golden Features. As well as not making musical sense, moving him would make other people less happy with the set times.
“It’s a shame that you and your friends think there’s something wrong with a main stage, peak time set for your favourite act.
“If he was on an hour or two after doors you’d have a point, but that’s not the case here.”