Singer joins one of his protégés for second show of 2016
Ed Sheeran made a surprise appearance at Latitude for the second consecutive year, guesting with one of the signings to Sheeran’s record label.
Irish singer Foy Vance is signed to Sheeran’s label Gingerbread Man, while his current album ‘The Wild Swan’ is executive produced by Elton John.
Sheeran made his appearance at around 2.30pm yesterday (July 17), at the end of Vance’s 35-minute set at the second stage 6 Music tent. He played guitar and sang on ‘Guiding Light’ from Vance’s 2013 album ‘Joy Of Nothing’ – a song Sheeran has covered at his own gigs.
Sheeran’s appearance was met with screams, as rumours of his appearance spread on social media once he was spotted on site minutes before Vance’s show began.
The singer, who grew up in Framlingham near Latitude’s site in Suffolk, had played a full 75-minute surprise show at the festival’s small Sunrise Arena in 2015.
The final day of Latitude was closed by New Order, whose 13-song set climaxed with ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’. Singer Bernard Sumner had earlier complained about the smell on stage, saying: “It’s like a barbecue on stage. Morrissey wouldn’t stand for it, I don’t see why I should.” Sumner had regained his composure by the end, thanking the crowd and saying of Latitude: “What a great festival and what a beautiful day.”
The weather was extremely hot for the third consecutive day as temperatures neared 30C. It was so hot that Barns Courtney’s drummer Sam Baker threw up midway through Courtney’s 4.30pm show at the DIY Alcove.
Baker recovered after Courtney improvised an acoustic song for a well-received rowdy show by the Seattle-born singer.
The main stage also saw a rapturous response for Michael Kiwanuka. However, it was noticeable that the non-diverse crowd became hesitant at singing along to the Londoner’s recent single ‘Black Man In A White World’.
Miike Snow and MO ensured the 6 Music tent had a strong dance presence. Miike Snow played only their second UK show for four year, in support of new album ‘iii’. MO gave an impassioned performance, crowdsurfing three songs before the close of a set which climaxed with her Major Lazer x DJ Snake collaboration ‘Lean On’.
Along with Barns Courtney, the final day’s new music highlight was Declan McKenna. The 17-year-old showed why he’s already being talked of as a Brits’ Critics’ Choice favourite with a confident show of Super Furry Animals-style off-kilter pop. McKenna stated: “It’s Sunday, everyone’s knackered,” but he raised the energy levels back.