Latitude’s main Obelisk Arena with – we think! – Laura Marling on the stage.
That, folks, is how you unwind at a festival – and how you blow an impressive bubble, too. Top marks to you, festival-goer.
Laura Marling with her trusty acoustic guitar in hand on Latitude’s Obelisk Arena on Saturday evening (July 14). The singer confirmed last month that she’s finished recording her new album, which is set for release in 2013.
Plenty of folk are expecting big things from London-based four-piece Theme Park in the coming months. Here they are on The Lake Stage on the Saturday.
Punters soaking up the Latitude atmosphere.
Splashh causing a, erm, splash during their Saturday set at The I Arena, playing underneath the likes of Zola Jesus and Django Django.
NME Radar Editor Matt Wilkinson’s had his eye on Peace – plying their wares on The Lake Stage on Sunday (July 15) – since at least September 2011. Take a peak at what he had to make of the band here.
The fantastic Janelle Monae was, predictably, one of the weekend’s highlights. The singer was warming up the Latitude crowd on Friday (July 13) over at the Obelisk Arena before Metronomy and headline act Bon Iver.
A pair of Janelle’s immaculately turned-out cohorts. Her set included the choicest cuts from her 2010 LP ‘The ArchAndroid’ as well as covers of The Jackson Five’s ‘I Want You Back’ and Nat King Cole’s ‘Smile’.
Iceage – the amazing punk rock outfit from Denmark who’ve quickly become favourites in the NME office – turning heads with their early Friday afternoon slot.
They call this bit the ‘Kids Area’, but what self-respecting adult can’t resist a quick go on a slide if the opportunity presents itself?
Last year, Iceage’s LP ‘New Brigade’ was voted number 36 in NME’s 50 Best Albums Of 2011 run-down – one of the main reasons why their set was predictably brilliant at Latitude…
The Horrors’ Faris Badwan has the moody frontman shtick down to an absolute tee nowadays, doesn’t he? Here he is, bringing ‘Skying’ to the masses along with his bandmates during their headline slot at the Word Arena.
Oh look, it’s Samantha Cameron’s favourite band! Although associating First Aid Kit with the Conservatives does them a disservice, perhaps – there was no scrimping on quality when they took to the main Oberlisk Arena on the festival’s opening day.
Was there ever actually any doubt that Rufus Wainwright would be wearing the most eye-catching coat of the weekend? Here he is, in typically glamourous sartorial style, on the Sunday afternoon at the Obelisk Arena.
It was a crying shame that Natasha Khan had to pull out of Benicassim this year, but she delivered one helluva set at Latitude to compensate. Her new album, ‘The Haunted Man’, is out this October.
Strewth, it’s like the Garden Of Eden here, isn’t it? Except you’re more likely to be seduced by booze than a talking serpent, and the most common punishment will be a stonking hangover the next day.
California-based duo Deap Valley are attracting a fair bit of buzz right now – and, based on their set at The I Arena on Saturday, the excitement’s entirely justified, too…
The Cast Of Cheers playing on Latitude’s Lake Stage on Sunday afternoon.
Even if the rest of Latitude’s line-up wasn’t packed to the gills with quality, the opening night’s headliner was arguably worth the admission fee alone as Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon made his only UK festival appearance of 2012. Brilliant stuff.
Lucy Rose has come a long way since proffering her services as a backing singer for Bombay Bicycle Club – her solo career’s starting to gather pace now, topped off with having the penultimate spot on The Lake Stage on the Sunday. Read NME’s review of her track ‘Watch Over’ here.
There’s nothing like a nice sit-down halfway through a festival slog, is there? This little corner of Latitude seems big on the hippy vibes.
Well, if you can’t get a slot on an actual stage, this is probably the next best thing… right?
Don the tribal warpaint, because Tune-Yards seldom takes any prisoners: the ‘Whokill’ singer’s headline slot at The I Arena on Latitude’s opening evening was a thing of wonder.
Here’s a top punter tip: don some camo gear, stick on some shades and slip to the front of the crowd undetected. You’ll look a bit of a berk, but you’ll be in prime position for all the bands.
Chances are you’ll have noticed NME waxing lyrical many times about Polica in the past few months – which means you’d have been particularly silly to skip their Latitude performance. Read our review of their debut LP ‘Give You The Ghost’ here.
Perfume Genius – in a frankly astonishing shirt – was Sunday night’s headliner over on The I Stage: a fittingly redemptive, heart-on-sleeve swansong after a weekend of debauchery, don’t you think?
One of the best things about Latitude is how gorgeous it looks at night – check out this sight, for starters.
Paul Weller just gets stronger and stronger, doesn’t he? The Modfather closed the festivities on the Sunday night at the main Oberlisk Arena, reminding us all why he’s still one of the most vital voices in British music even now.
A fine treat for a Friday evening: Kurt Vile pops by to bring the majesty of ‘Smoke Ring For My Halo’ to Latitude.
Alabama Shakes have had one mightily impressive year, and (fingers crossed) it’s not going to stop anytime soon. The band, whose debut LP ‘Boys & Girls’ debuted at Number Three when it was released earlier this year, were entertaining the main stage on Sunday – but we fully expect them to be crowned as headliners in a few years…
Toy’s reputation is growing with every passing week, it seems, and serving up a killer set at Latitude over the weekend will have only increased the hype. Excited to see what this lot do next? You bloody should be.
Latitude had one of its finest line-ups yet this year, for our money – from the likes of Metronomy and Wild Beasts to Tune-Yards and Bon Iver to Paul Weller and Elbow, there’s scant chance you wouldn’t find something to get childishly excited about.