How great was last night? NME had a fist-pumping old time watching The National headline the Obelisk stage, and we heard great things via the NME Festivals App from those of you who were watching Esben & The Witch and Bombay Bicycle Club. Here’s our selection of things you should catch today…
1. Watch Never Mind The Buzzcocks live
If you look sharp, you might make it along to Never Mind The Buzzcocks making their festival debut at Latitude this morning. Team cap’ns Phil Jupitus and Noel Fielding will lead the charge, under the guidance of host David O’Doherty.
Comedy Arena, 11.00 – 12.30
2. Catch PJ Harvey’s short films for ‘Let England Shake’
You might have noticed that each song from PJ Harvey’s ‘Let England Shake’ (which we gave 10/10 on release in February) came with its own short film, directed by Seamus Murphy. Today, for the first time, you can see them all in one go, tracing Murphy’s 5000 mile journey around England to find the perfect images to accompany the record’s ghostly bent.
Film & Music Arena, 16:35 – 17.00
3. Get a portrait done by one of the Modern Toss artists
Everyone loves brilliantly sweaty Modern Toss, who have a stall at this year’s Latitude. There you can get your face hand drawn by Jon or Mick in their portrait booth (NME had one done yesterday – they’re cracking), try out their interactive Periodic Table Of Swearing, or sit in a life-sized version of one of their cartoons. Make sure you do it yeah. Cheers yeah.
4. Laugh yourself silly at Robin Ince
No longer just Ricky Gervais’ much-maligned sidekick, Ince is now firmly established as a comic in his own right. Recently he’s been co-presenting Radio 4’s series ‘The Infinite Monkey Cage’ with everyone’s favourite saucy man of science, Professor Brian Cox, but this weekend, you can catch him delivering his own atheism, science and literary-inflected comedy.
Literary Arena, 20.05 – 21.05
5. Celebrate publishing arm Ebury’s 50th birthday party
Ebury Books have pretty much taken care of every single one of your mum and dad’s birthday and Christmas presents since year dot, so give something back by going and celebrating their 50th with them. There’s musical statues, pass the parcel, and lots of much-needed tea and cake…
We will be reporting direct from Latitude and Benicassim this weekend. Head over to NME.COM/festivals and download our NME Festival App – Powered By BlackBerry. Plus, find out more about our messenging service for all the action to your phone.