The pair reunited onstage as a storm hit the Suffolk site during Albarn's headline set
Beginning the encore with a solo rendition of ‘Parklife’ track ‘End Of A Century’, Albarn began to address the crowd just as lightning hit the site. Embracing the cheers and revving them up at the front of the stage, Albarn then declared “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”.
Coxon then took to the stage to rapturous applause as the pair began ‘Tender’ and heavy rain started to pour over the cheering crowd. At the end of the track, Coxon left without saying anything. The pair have not performed together since Blur’s last gig this January in Tokyo. 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.
After this, the singer was joined by a full choir who Albarn stated he used to walk to see in London for a sing-a-long of solo album track “Mr Tembo”. Joking, “well, I don’t know about you but I’ve had a shit time,” he then concluded with ‘Heavy Seas of Love’ before taking a final bow.
Earlier on in his set, Damon – dressed in double denim – and his backing band The Heavy Seas, were introduced by Steve Lamacq who stated “I’ve been told I’ve got four words to describe this man: a really clever fella” before beginning with an opening salvo of ‘Everyday Robots’ tracks including the title song and ‘Lonely Press Play’.
Continuing with Gorillaz track ‘Kids With Guns’ and The Good, the Bad and the Queen track ‘Three Changes’, Albarn then declared “I’ve been away for a whole month and it’s really nice to be home, thanks for making me feel welcome”.
He then carried on with a set taking in the likes of ‘Hollow Ponds’, ‘Hostiles’ and ‘Photographs (You Are Taking Now)’ from this year’s solo LP as well as cuts from across his career including The Good, The Bad and the Queen’s ‘Kingdom of Doom’ and Blur tracks ‘Out of Time’ and B side ‘All Your Life’ before leaving for the Coxon-featuring encore.
Damon Albarn played:
‘Lonely Press Play’
‘Tomorrow Comes Today’
‘Kids With Guns’
‘Photographs (You Are Taking Now)’
‘Kingdom of Doom’
‘Out of Time’
‘All Your Life’
‘End Of A Century’
‘Heavy Seas of Love’
Bombay Bicycle Club played the set immediately preceding Damon Albarn on the main stage, drawing a large crowd to a show that included ‘Always Like This’, new tracks ‘Feel’ and ‘Home’ and a final rendition of ‘Carry Me’. Guitarist Jamie MacColl also had to address a particularly uproarious portion of the crowd after ‘Shuffle’, saying “you’re here to dance not fight, look after anyone smaller than you.”
Jungle played a heaving set on the BBC 6 Music stage, entering before their allotted time slot and finishing twenty minutes early. Despite the confusion with times, the band had the crowd cheering wildly as they repeatedly expressed their disbelief at how many people had turned up. Playing tracks including ‘The Heat’, ‘Time’ and ‘Busy Earnin'” they finished by saying that their “debut album only just came out this week so thanks so much for the support”.
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 ‘White Knuckle Ride’, ‘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.
Elsewhere across the site, Robyn and Royksopp performed together, playing a set that was over two hours long on the BBC 6 Music stage, while bands including newcomers Only Real and Catfish and the Bottlemen also played during the day across the Suffolk site.
Latitude concludes tonight (July 20) with a headline set from The Black Keys and performances from Tame Impala, Fat White Family and Future Islands among others.