Latitude took place this weekend (July 17 – 20), and there were a load of great performances at the Suffolk site this year. One of the standouts was London group Childhood, with their set on the Lake Stage.
The band played tracks from forthcoming debut ‘Lacuna’ including ‘As I Am’, ‘Falls Away’ and ‘You Could Be Different’ alongside recent Speedy Wunderground recording ‘Pinballs’.
Of course, it’s not just punters who enjoy Latitude: here’s some colourful sheep getting into the festival spirit.
If it’s theatrics you’re after, then look no further than Goat: the Swedish experimental band were on fine form (and sporting the best stage clobber of the weekend) during their Saturday set.
Sohn, meanwhile, played a well-attended mid-afternoon slot on the BBC 6 Music Stage, clad in all black and playing the likes of ‘Oscillate’ and ‘Warning’. “It’s hot enough, you might as well fucking move and give me some momentum,” he quipped, referencing the day’s high temperatures.
Lily Allen was a late replacement for original headliners Two Door Cinema Club and paid tribute to the Irish band by appearing onstage wearing one of their t-shirts.
The singer also covered their track ‘Something Good Can Work’ as well as playing songs from her own back catalogue including ‘Hard Out Here’, ‘URL Badman’, ‘Sheezus’ and ‘Smile’.
Smoke on the water: Latitude’s special atmosphere comes alive at night.
On Saturday, Slaves played a high octane set on the Lake stage, regularly talking to the crowd and telling jokes about the stories behind each song between the likes of ‘Girl Fight’ and ‘Beauty Quest’. Singer Isaac Holman lead a climax of the set as he entered into the crowd during the latter track, repeatedly shouting “you’re all beautiful” and then crowdsurfing topless.
Only Real were another band to turn heads on the Saturday, with other stellar sets coming from Catfish and the Bottlemen and the two-hour collaboration betweeen Robyn and Royksopp.
Swedish singer Robyn and Norwegian DJ duo Röyksopp released their ‘Do It Again’ EP earlier this year and performed live together for the first time in the UK at Latitude.
Their set, which took place on the BBC 6 Music Stage, lasted for over two hours.
Damon Albarn was Saturday night’s headliner, and he delivered the goods. He played tracks spanning his whole career, including songs from recent solo album ‘Everyday Robots’ and cuts from other projects such as Gorillaz and The Good, The Bad And The Queen.
Damon also sprung a surprise by bringing his Blur bandmate Graham Coxon onstage for his encore. He told the crowd: “There are some Blur songs I can sing on the piano, but there are some that are impossible to do without the man I wrote them with: Mr Graham Coxon”. The pair then performed ‘Tender’ together.
Albarn then started an elongated intro to Gorillaz track ‘Clint Eastwood’ before introducing rapper Kano. Midway through the track a man dressed as a sad clown entered the stage and proceeded to slowly chase Albarn across the front before faking throwing a custard pie at the singer.
Sitting on a nice chair at a festival!? That’s cheating, folks.
If the music ever gets too much, then there’s other ways to unwind at Latitude: if you’re in a fancy, highfalutin mood, why not take in a spot of ballet, eh?
Kate Tempest was another of the weekend’s stand-out performers as she brought her critically acclaimed album ‘Everybody Down’ to Latitude.
Future Islands kept the Arena tent packed for their set, with singer Samuel T Herring noting that Fat White Family were “a hard act to follow” and dedicating breakthrough hit ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’ to “that person you’ve been waiting on. I don’t know if you’ve found them this weekend, but you all know what I’m talking about.”
Other highlights on Saturday included Bombay Bicycle Club and Jungle, who played a heaving set on the BBC 6 Music stage. The band had the crowd cheering wildly as they played tracks including ‘The Heat’, ‘Time’ and ‘Busy Earnin”.
Tame Impala played what they informed the crowd was “the last show of their last tour for a while”, airing the likes of ‘Be Above It’, ‘Why Won’t You Talk To Me?’ and ‘Elephant’. Frontman Kevin Parker was on jovial form throughout, addressing the crowd first to say that “this is a pretty amazing thing you’ve got going on here, it’s your own utopia.”
Leeds punks Eagulls were among the other bands to play Latitude on the final day. They were joined by the likes of Lykke Li and Haim.
A typically quiet set from Fat White Family: playing tracks including ‘Touch The Leather’, ‘Wild American Prairie’, ‘Heaven On Earth’ and a final ‘Bomb Disneyland’, singer Lias Saoudi also stripped down to his pants and at one point pulled them up to, possibly accidentally, flash his scrotum.
It was left to The Black Keys to close Latitude 2014 with a 90-minute headline set. Backed by a painting of a theatre curtain, multiple screens and an elaborate light show, the US duo drew a smaller crowd than the previous nights’ headliners (Lily Allen and Damon Albarn) but were largely well received.
Kicking off with ‘Dead And Gone’, taken from 2011 album ‘El Camino’, the band largely focused on their more recent oeuvre, bringing out ‘Next Girl’, ‘Run Right Back’ and ‘Gold On The Ceiling’ early on in the set. Other tracks included the singles ‘Fever’ and ‘Lonely Boy, before they returned to the stage for a one-song encore of ‘Little Black Submarines’.