If you don’t have time to read my rather lengthy review, or just like lists, here are the memories that will really stick with me from this year’s Latitude festival. I meant to do a ten, but what could I leave out?
In no order of importance…
1. Finally getting that wristband fastened on after six hours in a traffic jam on the A12.
2. Noel Gallagher playing “Don’t Look Back In Anger”, last performance on the last night. Anthem like no other.
3. Gengahr finishing a brilliant set with “Powder” and “She’s A Witch”. The best of indie guitar.
4. Jon Hopkins blowing the 6 Music tent away with the most awesome electro and light show. Clark doing something similar in the i-Arena the following night.
5. Duke Garwood playing the most amazing reverberating guitar, reminding me somehow of Robin Trower and transporting me back to early seventies boyhood.
6. Rat Boy playing such joyous high energy punk, with a hip hop undertone. The front ten rows going crazy.
7. Kate Stables of This Is The Kit singing so beautifully with just her banjo in accompaniment.
8. My friend Jon’s son, Louis, coming for the first time, at 16, and loving it. Even got into Ed Sheeran’s secret show!
9. Stumbling upon My House, with a packed dance floor of people grooving to an impeccably funky rendition of Edwin Collin’s “Girl Like You”. Played by some guys with Doobie Brothers hair.
10. Getting into Thom Yorke’s surprise late night set, and the IT man rescuing it when it was all about the machines.
11. Hundreds of people of all ages dancing in a field at midnight by the Lake Stage to Jackie Wilson’s “Reet Petite”. Roll those R’s!
12. The Manic Street Preachers playing “If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next”. As resonant as it ever was.
13. James Blake falling, falling, falling and the bass lines booming.
14. Don Letts in the Lavish Lounge laying down those irresistible reggae rhythms. Adding those pounding bass lines to Dawn Penn’s “You Don’t Love Me”. No No No! Showing that Tracey Chapman’s “Fast Car” and Nirvana’s “Lithium” make brilliant reggae songs.
15. Staring at the stars outside the tent at three in the morning and just saying, thank you Latitude.
No sarkiness here, squire. Very much enjoyed your full report – a veritable Menu Degustation. But these bit-sized snacks are helpful in putting it all in easy context.
Glad Noel came through impressively. (Apparently he did a great Desert Island Discs recently – I’m not a radio man – expressing his deep love for U2?) I suspect I’d have most warmed to him, and to Jon Hopkins, Thom Yorke, and the My House and Don Letts sets. But a hell of a lot there for the choosing.
You’d definitely like Clark. And you SHOULD like Gengahr, This Is The Kit and Wolf Alice! I forgot to include the latter in my 15 best moments. So make it 16!
Er, bite-sized snacks. Of course.
🙂 🙂 🙂