Secret Thom Yorke set marred by technical difficulties on second day of Latitude Festival

The Vaccines headline the BBC 6Music Tent with energetic set

Portishead and The Vaccines headlined the second day of Latitude festival last night, which also featured a secret set by Thom Yorke and a second surprise appearance from Ed Sheeran.

Yorke first made his presence at the festival known when he appeared as a guest during Portishead’s set at the main Obelisk Arena to perform on ‘The Rip’ during a celebrated show which included hits such as ‘Sour Times’ and a protest against Tory party cuts – David Cameron was portrayed as a demon on the big screens alongside images of anti-austerity protesters.

Yorke later appeared at the tiny i-Arena stage to perform a set accompanied by Nigel Godrich and dazzling visuals, which was beset by technical difficulties and included performances of new tracks alongside ‘Brain In A Bottle’, ‘Black Swan’, ‘Guess Again’, ‘Truth Ray’ and Atoms For Peace’s ‘Amok’. “Let the machines speak to you,” he said, but the machines repeatedly broke down, and Yorke occasionally resorted to acoustic guitar and bass.


Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran made an appearance at the Other Voices stage, an even smaller venue than he’d played on Friday night. The totally unannounced set included a guest appearance from Snow Patrol on their track ‘Chasing Cars’.

The Vaccines headlined the BBC 6Music Tent with a rip-roaring set spanning their three albums. Opening with ‘Handsome’ they barely paused for breath as they charged through an opening rally of hi-octane tracks including ‘Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra) and latest single ‘Dream Lover’. “This one looks good with your phones out,” said singer Justin Young before ‘Wetsuit’ and introduced ‘Minimal Affection’ as “a new one but a good one”.


Playing virtually all of their singles, the band fired up the crowd with huge sing-alongs to ‘All In White’, ‘Post Break-Up Sex’ before Young declared “we’re gonna try a love song on your now and all the people I love are in the crowd, do look after them”. The love song was ‘Give Me A Sign’, which gave way to an intense final run including ’20-20’, ‘Teenage Icon’, ‘If You Wanna’ and ‘Norgaard’.

The Vaccines played:

‘Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)’
‘Ghost Town’
‘Dream Lover’
‘Minimal Affection’
‘Bad Mood’
‘All In White’
‘Post Break-Up Sex’
‘Melody Calling’
‘Give Me A Sign’
‘Teenage Icon’
‘I Always Knew’
‘If You Wanna’

Previously during the day, both Wolf Alice and Catfish & The Bottlemen had packed out the 6Music tent with shows built around their chart-smashing debut albums. Wolf Alice’s set slid from the delicate atmospherics of ‘The Wonderwhy’ and ‘Blush’ to the deranged howls of ‘You’re A Germ’ and ‘Giant Peach’. Catfish’s Van McCann, meanwhile, reminded their huge crowd that they’d played the far smaller Lake Stage the previous year as they played hits such as ‘Homesick’ and ‘Pacifier’ and slipped a snippet of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing In The Dark’ into ‘Cocoon’.

Savages also played the tent, delivering a loud, fiery show including favourites such as ‘Husbands’ and ‘Fuckers’ – dedicated to ‘all the motherfuckers” – alongside new songs such as ‘Adore’ and ‘Sad Person’. During ‘Hit Me’, Jehnny Beth threw herself onto the crowd.

Latitude closes today with a headline set from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.