Childhood, Crystal Fighters and Rudimental also played the first day of the event
Lily Allen paid homage to Two Door Cinema Club, who were due to headline the first night of Latitude festival until singer Alex Trimble was diagnosed with a stomach complaint, by including a cover of the band’s ‘Something Good Can Work’ in her replacement set.
Announced earlier this week as the filler for the Belfast band’s slot, Allen emerged last night (July 18) wearing a Two Door t-shirt backed by a set made of giant baby bottles to early hit ‘LDN’ before joking, “Do you know this one guys? Do you think we could figure this one out at such short notice?” and breaking into a cover of the band’s hit while singing the words off a lyrics sheet.
Joking after that the chorus was “a tongue twister and a half” she continued with singles ‘Hard Out Here’ and ‘Smile’ before temporarily going offstage to don a hooded jacket for recent album title track ‘Sheezus’. Addressing the crowd multiple times to talk about her husband on ‘As Long As I’ve Got You’ and her thoughts on growing up on ’22’, she then apologised for not being Two Door Cinema Club as the whole crowd started chants of her name.
Going into ‘Life For Me’ and new single ‘URL Badman’, Allen then dedicated a sing-a-long ‘Fuck You’ to “Tony Blair but it’s just as bad now with David Cameron”.
Ending with her cover of Keane’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’, Allen then left the stage to return for an encore of ‘The Fear’, World Cup song ‘Bass Like Home’ and ‘Not Fair’.
Speaking after the gig, Latitude festival goers were almost unanimously positive about the singer’s set.
“Where else would you get everyone giving two fingers up and singing about periods at a headline set?” said Helen, from London. Anna from Sussex said, “I was more excited about Lily playing because it made me feel young again” while Dara from Twickenham said, “Two Door – I would have been here for one of the doors, but I was all for both the Lily and the Allen”.
Lily Allen played:
Something Good Can Work
Hard Out Here
Everyone’s At It
As Long As I’ve Got You
Life For Me
Somewhere Only We Know
Bass Like Home
Earlier in the day Crystal Fighters played on the main stage with the performance area decked out in feathers and singer Sebastian Pringle sporting a peacock headdress. Playing ‘I Love London’ and ‘Home’, the band made way for Rudimental who were the day’s surprise guests on the same stage.
Childhood played to a smaller crowd on the Lake Stage, bringing out tracks from forthcoming debut ‘Lacuna’ including ‘As I Am’, ‘Falls Away’ and ‘You Could Be Different’ alongside recent Speedy Wunderground recording ‘Pinballs’ to the crowd. Later on the same stage, Cate Le Bon dedicated ‘Wild’ to “all you good folk at Latitude” in between playing a host of tracks from current album ‘Mug Museum’ including ‘I Can’t Help You’ and ‘Are You With Me Now?’, wearing a long silver dress and supported by former Slow Club bassist Sweet Baboo.
Elsewhere, Anna Calvi brought out cuts from her self-titled debut and recent LP ‘One Breath’, ending on ‘Jezebel’, while Temples’ set included debut album tracks ‘Colours To Life’ and ‘Move With The Season’, culminating in the single ‘Shelter Song’.
Sohn 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. Sohn finished with hit ‘The Wheel’ before taking to the front of the stage and thanking the crowd.
Latitude festival continues today with a headline set from Damon Albarn alongside performances from Bombay Bicycle Club, Jungle and Tom Vek.