Bon Iver makes only UK festival appearance of 2012 at Latitude

Metronomy, Janelle Monae and Kurt Vile also perform on first day of Suffolk bash

Bon Iver made his only UK festival appearance of the year as he brought the first day of Latitude 2012 to a close last night (July 13).

The Wisconsin singer – whose real name is Justin Vernon – arrived on stage 15 minutes late, apologising to the crowd before opening his set with ‘Perth’. Accompanied by a 10-piece band, his set drew from his 2008 debut album ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ and last year’s self-titled LP.

Instructing the crowd to sing along on ‘The Wolves Act I And II’, Vernon told them: “You’ve got to get as loud as shit because there’s a lot of other music going on at this music festival.” He then ended his performance with a rendition of his breakthrough track ‘For Emma’.


Bon Iver played:

‘Brackett, WI’
‘Creature Fear’
‘Skinny Love’
‘Blood Bank’
‘The Wolves Act I And II’
‘For Emma’

Earlier in the day, Janelle Monae brought her trademark theatrical stage show to the festival, playing tracks from her 2010 album ‘The ArchAndroid’ as well as covers of The Jackson Five’s ‘I Want You Back’ and Nat King Cole’s ‘Smile’.

US singer Kurt Vile also played, making a subdued appearance in The i Arena. Playing tracks from 2011’s ‘Smoke Ring For My Halo’ LP, he was joined by his backing band The Violators for the majority of the set but played the last two tracks solo with just an acoustic guitar.

Metronomy, meanwhile, drew a huge crowd on the Main Stage as they reminisced on their first festival appearance in 2007. “I’ve got an interesting story to tell you,” frontman Joe Mount told the crowd. “Our first proper festival slot was at Latitude, at the stage at the bottom of the hill.” The band then launched into ‘You Could Easily Have Me’ from their debut album ‘Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe)’.

Danish punks Iceage opened the festival, whilst the Jay-Z approved Polica and folk-loving sisters First Aid Kit also performed throughout the day.


Latitude continues today with performances from The Horrors, Laura Marling, Richard Hawley and a headline appearance from Elbow.