It was my fourth year returning to Latitude and this year I needed to go more than ever.
If you’re not familiar with this delightful festival tucked away in the South East, Latitude is a festival celebrating all of the arts, heavily supporting music and new creatives with tremendous talent. Housed by the gorgeous Henham Park Latitude is the perfect place to escape to. You never know what new love you’ll find hiding in the woods and this year after double jaw surgery this is just what I needed.
This years Latitude housed lots of special moments making the eleventh year pretty magical.
Friday night was a poignant moment for The Maccabees, headlining their first ever festival. The Maccabees made this set special by keeping it simple. No lasers or special guests, just the humbling ramblings of Orlando Weeks between tracks. 100% Maccabee magic. Their set was the perfect blend of old and new, dedicating the popular ‘Colour It In’ track ‘X-Ray’ to the fans who have followed them throughout their career. Slowing the start of ‘Something Like Happiness’ right down for a beautiful moment where cannons exploded sparkling confetti into the crowd. A magnificent moment which will be remembered forever.
The Maccabees – Something Like Happiness*
The term ‘go hard or go home’ is possibly the best way to describe Slaves. As they shake down the BBC 6 stage Issac Holman spots a young lad in the crowd body-popping to ‘Despair and Traffic.’ The next thing you know the young body-popper Harvey is on stage, popping and locking to the vigorous ‘Cheer Up London.’ Slaves set was explosive, packed with banter and about as punk as it gets at Latitude.
It’s early on Saturday morning and all RatBoy wanted to do was cause chaos. The BBC6 tent was alive with tweens, listening to RatBoy’s every command attempting to perfect the art of moshing. A young lad even slept in the woods in hope of meeting RatBoy and for his efforts he was invited on stage where he got a little crazy with some distortion. His new track ‘Get Over It’ shows Ratboy at his best despite his juvenile demeanour.
It seems like forever since I last managed to catch The National and to be able to have seen them at Latitude couldn’t have been more perfect. Matt Berninger shared a story about how Latitude saved the band. If they hadn’t played the festival in 2010 they wouldn’t have had enough money to make the beguiling ‘High Violet.’ Their set was filled with special moments from Lauren Mayberry joining the band on stage for a beautiful rendition of ‘I Need My Girl’ to Matt Berninger’s mid set soliloquy. No encore but a completely acoustic version of ‘Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks,’ no mics, nothing. It was perfect. The entirety of the Obelisk reverberated the lyrics back to the band coming together as one to close out the set. It was magic. One of those moment I will remember for the rest of my life.
It was a weekend filled with glorious sunshine and easily my favourite year so far. Keep doing what your doing Latitude I can’t wait to see what fresh talent you have to show me next year.
The new traffic plan. Quick, easy and efficient sailing straight through the gates.
Fickle Friends. Perfect act for a Sunday morning, summer vibes all round.
Kagoule. Ones to watch my favourite new discovery.
Billie Marten. Beautiful vocals, just a shame the sound on the Lake Stage wasn’t great. Can’t wait to see her properly.
Innocent Treehab. That Coconut water though.
Oxfam Stand As One. Standing as one to support the refugee crisis.