14 Jul 2014

A Look At ...LATITUDE FESTIVAL

Latitude Festival. Known as 'Glastonbury's younger sibling' this family-friendly festival is whats kicking off my summer in a matter of days. This year marks the ninth anniversary of Latitude and with Two Door Cinema Club, Damon Alburn and The Black Keys headlining, this year promises to be one to be remembered.



The Headliners:

A spectacularly summery band that form the perfect soundtrack to mud and excessive amounts of alcohol, Two Door Cinema Club's Friday night headline slot in the Obelisk Arena is the ideal set to get you in the festival mood. The energetic pop/dance songs that this band continue to churn out are essential to a summer playlist, and even better when witnessed live. I can't wait to experience TDCC's energetic tracks for the second time , as when I saw them previously, they were absolutely brilliant. I think this band will have no problem commanding the attention of 35,000 people as they take to the main stage on the first night. 

Saturday night headliner Damon Alburn is quite possibly the biggest disappointment for me. Not only has he been given the most important night to headline (of which the honour was bestowed on the mighty Kraftwerk last year) but his recent album is just as discouraging. Sure he's a great live performer, and if he plays any Blur or Gorillaz songs then the atmosphere will be brilliant, but I for one will not be taking the time to go and see a seemingly self indulgent middle aged man bore the audience half to tears. Sorry Damon, you haven't got my vote. 

The honour of closing the festival has fallen this year to The Black Keys. With funky new tracks Fever and Turn Blue being released prior to their new album, it seems as if this band will form a setlist of dance/indie/rock songs which will have the crowd up and dancing the whole night long. I cannot wait to see them play the anthem Lonely Boy as I know the atmosphere will be amazing. I have no doubts that they will fill the huge shoes of last years closing act, Foals, who smashed it. Definitely recommend The Black Keys being your final act to see at Latitude 2014.




The Obelisk Arena:

Other acts playing the main stage include Editors, Crystal Fighters, Kelis, Bombay Bicycle Club, Booker T Jones, First Aid Kit, Tame Impala, Haim and Chrissie Hynde, along with an extensive range of other artists. The acts I will definitely be seeing and recommend seeing are as follows.

Haim: This trio of sisters with good hair and even better dress sense are fresh off multiple tours, a number one album, a slot on the Glasto main stage as well as one at Coachella. Their catchy California rhythms are perfect for energising the crowd on Sunday when everyone is 'starting to feel it a bit.' Expect matching outfits, long hair and a setlist to entice the crowds.

Bombay Bicycle Club: Easily one of my top three albums released this year, the fourth studio album by this London band is so suited to a festival setting, it's almost like that was their aim. Being the penultimate Saturday night main stage act, BBC are they only hope to get the crowd going before they all fall asleep during Damon Alburn's set. Not only are these one of my favourite live bands, but this is not their first time performing at Latitude, so I have high hopes that they will know how to work the crowds and I have no doubt that they'll be amazing.

Booker T Jones: One of the first acts on Saturday, the Green Onions singing superstar is one of the acts booked to cater for an older audience. As a massive fan of Quadrophenia (where I first discovered Green Onions aka one of the grooviest songs EVER written) I am very much looking forward to seeing thousands of people skank along to the utter anthem. 




The BBC Radio 6 Music Stage:

Headlining this stage is Mogwai, Royskopp & Robyn and Lykke Li which is a fairly good combination, but it's the other acts I am most excited for. 

Firstly.. Slowdive. Finally reformed, the pioneers of the 90's shoegaze movement play this stage before headliners Mogwai on the Friday and I am most excited to see these out of every act playing. They have been touring and playing festivals all around the globe, and Latitude is their only UK festival this year. Safe to say, I am utterly ecstatic and couldn't be more happy that I finally get the chance to see one of my favourite bands. 

Also playing the Friday is Temples. The wonderfully glittery front man James Bagshaw alongside the equally sparkly remaining band members promise to put on a show to be remembered. Their new album 'Sun Structures' is laced with high-energy summertime anthems which are sure to get the Friday afternoon crowd jumping.

George Ezra. Playing the second slot on the Sunday morning, his acoustic melodies are the perfect cure to those of us who may be suffering slightly from the night before. His ever-growing fame will ensure that no matter how early he plays, the tent will be full to bursting with fans. Expect guitar riffs and lyrics to entice the senses and set you up for the final day in the best way possible.

Clean Bandit. Fresh off a Glasto slot and a chart topping album, this consistently energetic dance band are the perfect act to get you going for a night to remember. The number one single Rather Be alongside their other get-up-and-dance album tracks promise to get the crowd up and dancing and having a bloody good time.

Hall & Oats. 80's dance legends, Daryl Hall & John Oats take to the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage on the Saturday, and with a fantastic back catalogue of funky tracks including You Make My Dreams Come True and I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) this set it sure to be an unmissable one. 




The Lake Stage and the I Arena:

Catfish & The Bottlemen. The recent announce of their debut album and release of their new single Fallout has propelled this band into the public eye and really got them noticed. Their catchy tunes combined with great hair and skinny jeans form a perfect indie boyband, and I have no doubt that this Welsh band will be able to rock the pre-headline slot on the Lake Stage on Saturday Night. With the other choices for Saturday night being Damon (yawn) Alburn or dance group Royskopp & Robyn, (on later) Catfish & The Bottlemen make the best alternate option.

Circa Waves. Another band who channel summery vibes brilliantly, Circa Waves are sure to fit in swimmingly at Latitude this year. They take to the Lake Stage on the Sunday, so be sure to check them out when you are about to pass out from tiredness as they'll be sure to get to raring to go for the last night. 


Eagulls. Still riding of the fantastic success of their debut band, Eagulls are sure to put on an amazing show. Raw rocky rhythms and thrash drumming is exactly what you need to 'cure' that hangover on Sunday in the i Arena.

Childhood. Great hair, great songs, great personalities. Recently announcing their debut album has given these guys the boost they need into the public eye. Headline tours and support slots galore, these guys are soon going on tour with the legendary Johnny Marr. Definitely one to watch, as they take to the lake stage on Friday afternoon.




Overall, Latitude is such a beautifully unique festival, combining picturesque views with amazing music and hilarious comedy, filled in with film and caberat and topped off with it's family friendly section. It is my local festival, and I have attended every year, and every year it just gets better and better. I adore Latitude and cannot wait for this weekend, as it's my favourite place ever and is sure to kick off my summer in the most perfect way.