German electro pioneers Kraftwerk headlined the second day of Latitude Festival last night (July 20), bringing their 3D show to the Main Stage.
After crowd members were given special 3D glasses prior to the show, the four-piece played a 90-minute set with specially-created visuals moving out into the large audience.
Opening with ‘The Robots’, the band – all wearing black, sci-fi-esque outfits – then played a selection of material from their back catalogue including ‘Computer World’ and ‘Computer Love’. A hit-heavy middle portion of the set featured fan favourites ‘The Man Machine’, ‘Spacelab’ – during which visuals of 3D space shuttles flew out into the audience – and ‘The Model’.
After breaking into ‘Autobahn’, the quartet then continued their set with ‘Radioactivity’ and ‘Boom Boom Tschak’ before ending with ‘Musique Non Stop’. Despite being relatively still throughout, the crowd were hugely receptive to the influential band, cheering loudly during the entire set.
‘The Man Machine’
‘Tour De France 1983’
‘Tour De France 2003’
‘Boom Boom Tschak’
‘Musique Non Stop’
Earlier in the day, Radar favourites Drenge played an early slot on the I Arena stage and pulled in an impressively large crowd for their 12.30pm set. Drawing from their forthcoming self-titled debut album, the Loveless brothers stormed through the likes of ‘Dogmeat’, ‘Bloodsports’ and eight-minute slow burner ‘Let’s Pretend’ before finishing with ‘Face Like A Skull’.
White Denim graced the BBC Radio 6 Music arena mid-afternoon, while Japanese psych outfit Bo Ningen played a heavy set of swirling jams on the Lake Stage. Later in the evening Yeah Yeah Yeahs played to a heaving crowd, with frontwoman Karen O wearing a bright yellow short suit and crown. After starting with a single-heavy section including ‘Zero’, ‘Gold Lion’ and recent offering ‘Sacrilege’ – taken from current album ‘Mosquito’ – the New York trio powered through the next 60 minutes with O bounding around the stage energetically throughout.
Then, finishing with a final push of breakthrough hit ‘Date With The Night’, the band froze in their stage positions while the crowd cheered on before kicking back into a thrashing final verse of the track.
Australian newcomers Jagwar Ma performed on the Lake Stage later in the evening, airing songs from their recent debut album ‘Howlin” and bringing a party atmosphere to the evening. Despite recently injuring his leg, singer Gabriel Winterfield was hugely energetic during the set, jumping around to ‘Man I Need’ and ‘Exercise’ and revving the crowd up for an extended final run-through of single ‘The Throw’.
Hot Chip then took to the Main Stage prior to Kraftwerk’s headline appearance, playing a career-spanning set including ‘One Life Stand’ and ‘Over and Over’, while Alt-J drew an enormous audience to their BBC Radio 6 Music headline slot. After throwing in their now-customary mash-up of Kylie Minogue and Dr Dre, the quartet led a rousing singalong of ‘Matilda’ and ‘Fitzpleasure’ before ending with ‘Breezeblocks’.
Latitude will conclude today with a headline slot from Foals and performances from the likes of Swim Deep, Grizzly Bear, Local Natives and Temples.