Foals play first ever festival headline set on final day of Latitude

Grizzly Bear, Swim Deep and Temples also played the last day of the Suffolk event

Foals made the step up to festival headline status last night (July 21), topping the bill on the last day of this year’s Latitude festival.

Following headline slots from Bloc Party and Kraftwerk over the past two nights, the Oxford five piece played a 90-minute set to finish off the final day of the event.

Entering to ‘Holy Fire’ album opener ‘Prelude’, the group were on fiery form throughout. With frontman Yannis Philippakis regularly acknowledging how much the gig meant to them and how special it was, the band managed to gather the strongest reaction of the weekend from the huge crowd assembled.


Tearing into previous album track ‘Total Life Forever’, the group then played a set spanning across their three albums. Taking in the likes of ‘Olympic Airways’, ‘Blue Blood’ and recent single ‘My Number’, the gig saw Philippakis regularly geeing up the crowd and occasionally stage diving into the throng.

Moving into the later portion of the set, Foals finished with heavy album track ‘Providence’ before re-emerging for a two song encore of hit single ‘Inhaler’ and regular set closer ‘Two Steps Twice’.

Earlier in the day, meanwhile, saw a special set from Bobby Womack, who played an early afternoon guest spot to a large assembled group. Decked out in a coordinated red outfit, the soul legend moved through a selection of old material and tracks from recent, critically-lauded release ‘The Bravest Man in the Universe’.

Radar favourites Temples also played the final day of the Suffolk event, filling a packed out I Arena tent for their half hour slot. Opening with older track ‘The Golden Throne’, the Kettering-based band then continued with the likes of recent single ‘Colours To Life’, ‘Ankh’ and ‘Sun Structures’ before singer James Bagshaw informed the crowd that this was the one year anniversary of the band forming. The quartet then finished with T Rex-like track ‘Keep in the Dark’ and breakthrough single ‘Shelter Song’, with Bagshaw telling off the crowd for not being vocal enough.

Birmingham newcomers Superfood also played their first ever festival set, appearing at The Alcove for a short, visceral set of Britpop-tinged gems, whilst fellow B-town scenemates Swim Deep also drew an enthusiastic crowd for their early evening slot. Drawing tracks from forthcoming album ‘Where The Heaven Are We’, the quartet were greeted warmly throughout, with people jumping to previous singles ‘Honey’ and ‘The Sea’ and a mass singalong to the band’s cover of Cyndi Lauper hit ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’.

Grizzly Bear then took the support slot on the main stage before Foals, appearing as special guests after recently being announced for the event. Backed by a backdrop of dimly lit bulbs, the four-piece moved through a set which included including ‘Yet Again’, ‘While You Wait For the Others’ and ‘Knife’.


Alongside Bloc Party and Kraftwerk, Latitude has seen sets from Hot Chip, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Maccabees and Alt-J over the weekend.

Foals will continue their summer of festivals with a Main Stage set at Reading and Leeds this August.