Tame Impala, Fat White Family and Parquet Courts were among those to also play the final day of the festival
The Black Keys topped the bill at Latitude Festival last night (July 20), bringing the Suffolk event to a close with a 90-minute headline set.
Backed by a painting of a theatre curtain, multiple screens and an elaborate light show, the US duo – comprised of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney and aided live by an additional bass and keyboard player – drew a smaller crowd than the previous nights’ headliners (Lily Allen and Damon Albarn) but were largely well received.
Kicking off with ‘Dead And Gone’, taken from 2011 album ‘El Camino’, the band largely focused on their more recent oeuvre, bringing out ‘Next Girl’, ‘Run Right Back’ and ‘Gold On The Ceiling’ early on in the set. Following the latter, Auerbach addressed the crowd for the first time, introducing the band and thanking them for “hanging out with us this evening”.
The duo then dug further back in their canon to play 2008 track ‘Strange Times’ while ‘Moneymaker’ was preceded by the guitarist telling the crowd that they “feel really good out there”. ‘Bullet In The Brain’ and new album title track ‘Turn Blue’ followed while screens alternated between shots of the band and multicoloured spirals similar to the album’s artwork.
Tracks including a well-received ‘Howlin’ For You’ and ‘She’s Long Gone’, which was given an extended guitar outro, followed before the duo finished the main portion of the set with singles ‘Fever’ and ‘Lonely Boy’.
After a lengthy wait, Auerbach and Carney then returned to the stage for a one-song encore of ‘Little Black Submarines’.
The Black Keys played:
‘Dead and Gone’
‘Run Right Back’
‘Same Old Thing’
‘Gold On The Ceiling’
‘It’s Up To You Now’
‘Bullet In The Brain’
‘Howlin’ For You’
‘Gotta Get Away’
‘She’s Long Gone’
‘Little Black Submarines’
Immediately preceding The Black Keys, Tame Impala played what they informed the crowd was “the last show of their last tour for a while”, airing the likes of ‘Be Above It’, ‘Why Won’t You Talk To Me?’ and ‘Elephant’. Frontman Kevin Parker was on jovial form throughout, addressing the crowd first to say that “this is a pretty amazing thing you’ve got going on here, it’s you’re own utopia.”
He continued: “We’re not from around here and we thought it would be like every other festival, but no other festival has multicoloured sheep running around.” Parker also joked with the crowd when he found a plectrum from Haim’s previous set on the main stage, refusing to throw it out as he wanted to keep it.
On the BBC 6 Music stage, Parquet Courts had their set interrupted by a male stage invader in a floor-length velvet dress who spent the whole of early track ‘Borrowed Time’ dancing across the back of the stage and hiding behind the amps. After the song’s finish, singer Andrew Savage joked, “Who’s this guy in the blue velvet? Take a bow, man. I thought he got kicked out days ago,” before breaking into the classic Bobby Vinton song ‘Blue Velvet’.
Savage also ripped into 6 Music presenter Lauren Laverne, who they recently played a seemingly tempestuous live session for, questioning, “Where’s Lauren Laverne? Does she still not know who our band are?”
On the Arena stage, Fat White Family also had the same velvet-clad man run on and stage dive after being told by a stage hand to stop soundchecking because their set had already started. Playing tracks including ‘Touch The Leather’, ‘Wild American Prairie’, ‘Heaven On Earth’ and a final ‘Bomb Disneyland’, they packed the tent out for a set that saw singer Lias Saoudi strip down to his pants and at one point pull them up to, possibly accidentally, flash his scrotum.
Future Islands kept the tent packed for their following set, with singer Samuel T Herring noting that Fat White Family were “a hard act to follow” and dedicating breakthrough hit ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’ to “that person you’ve been waiting on. I don’t know if you’ve found them this weekend, but you all know what I’m talking about.”
Elsewhere across the site, Lykke Li, Eagulls and Haim also took to the stage on the final day of the event. Over the weekend, Latitude saw performances from Lily Allen, Bombay Bicycle Club, Childhood and Damon Albarn – who brought out Blur bandmate Graham Coxon for a rendition of ‘Tender’.