A team of four headed to Latitude on behalf of PRS for Music to collect set lists, hopefully not get too wet and maybe catch a band or two. None of us had experienced Latitude before, whether for work or as a punter, but from what I had heard we were in for an eclectic mix of entertainment in happy and relaxed surroundings.
You can believe the rumours - they are all true!
You can cruise around the Film & Music stage, Comedy Arena, Cabaret stage and the Poetry and Literary stages cross a bridge in to the woods where you’ll be lucky enough to find theatre on the waterfront, a Magners pub, works of art, video installations and even a random piano just down from the Sunrise Arena.
I stumbled across the piano on the Sunday where a kid of 4, maybe 5 years old was smashing the keys with great delight and somewhat tunefully while his mum filmed it in fits of giggles! Two minutes later I’m by the Lake Stage where a couple of hundred people are grinding to Ghostpoet tunes.
There was great variety in the music on offer as well from relatively new acts like Braids and Tripwires to classic singers such as Wanda Jackson or Adam Ant. I didn’t have too much time to see many bands because I was working so hard of course, but from what I did catch my highlights included Bright Eyes (featuring a guest appearance from Jenny & Johnny), The National who headlined the Obelisk stage on Friday night, Eels, Steel City Soul Club, Steve Mason, Foals and Foster The People.
There was a point on the Sunday where the festival felt as though it became a beard appreciation society. Every other band seemed to have at least one member sporting an impressive facial forest what with Iron & Wine floating about there was also a chap from Oh Land, Foals and The Bees didn’t let the Brits down, C.W. Stoneking (the TM at least), Thea Gilmore but the absolute king of the beards goes to Eels with every band member featuring about a foot of facial hair.
Latitude absolutely fulfilled its promise. It was fun, varied, a little crazy, at times exhilarating, wet (it’s a British Summer after all) and we got a mass of set lists collected for our members to benefit from.
I’m going to finish on a beautiful message from Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens who performed on the Lake Stage Saturday night. By his own admission he had been enjoying the delights of festival life and politely declined to fill out our set list form but with two taps of his heart with his fist he exclaimed “PRS forever!”
We got his set list the next day.
Thank you Latitude!
Read more from M's festival series:
The Glastonbury Diaries
The Sonisphere Diaries