Latitude Festival 2009


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Teenage revellers gather at the front of Latitude's Obelisk Arena on the first day of the sold-out Suffolk bash, which ran from 16-19 July and featured headline sets from Pet Shop Boys, Grace Jones and Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds. Pic: Richard Johnson

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The lake at Latitude, which at various stages of the weekend played host to a floating orchestra, gondolas, and a ballet performance. NME saw one 'refreshed' reveller jump into the lake at 3.30am on Sunday morning. Pic: Richard Johnson

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White LIes play Latitude Festival 2009
Fans at Latitude. There was speculation ahead of the environmentally-aware festival that Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon - a Latitude regular - would be barred from entry on account of his support for a third runway at Heathrow. However, he was spotted in the main stage bar on Saturday. Pic: Richard Johnson

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A typical Latitude reveller. As with many of the festivals this summer, many punters chose to turn up in fancy dress. This chap is modeling the ever-popular 'Tuareg Widow Twanky' look. Pic: Richard Johnson

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Little Boots Plays Lattitude Festival 2009 Getty
Little Boots drew a huge crowd to Latitude's tiny Sunrise Arena - essentially a tent in the woods - although numbers were presumably swollen by the Friday night drizzle. Little Boots later DJ'd while dressed in a wedding dress. She spun '80s tunes such as Kim Wilde's 'Kids In America' and Madonna's 'Like A Prayer'. Pic: Richard Johnson

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Latitude's Obelisk Arena, which this year played host to Pet Shop Boys, Of Montreal, The Pretenders, White Lies, Grace Jones, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds and Regina Spektor. Pic: Richard Johnson

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Festival-goers take advantage of the piano that had been provided on the walkway to the main arena. Latitude is known for its beautiful location - Henham Park, Southwold - and its quirky attractions, which this year included a Tree Of Lost Things, where revellers could write down things they'd lost and pin them to a tree. It's, er, better than it sounds. pic: Richard Johnson

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Unusually, the big music stages at Latitude are situated at the far end of the site, meaning the non-musical stuff is more prominent. Culture-vultures can choose between theatre, poetry, cinema and cabaret arenas - as well as a 'literary salon', which featured talks from the likes of Stuart Maconie. Pic: Richard Johnson

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Random festival types at Latitude. Celebrities spotted at the festival this year included Zane Lowe and 'X Factor' presenter Dermot O'Leary, who strolled out together on Friday night to enjoy Little Boots' DJ set on the Lake Stage. Pic: Richard Johnson

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Latitude punters arse about with fridge magnets. There were all sorts of kooky public art installations at the festival this year, as well as some striking scultpure, including a giant stiletto which had been erected in the main arena for some reason. Pic: Richard Johnson

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Beth Ditto of Gossip performs at Latitude festival in Henham Park, Southwold. (PA)
Beth Ditto and her Gossip pals rocked up at Latitude on the Sunday night, headlining the Uncut Arena. A 20-minute soundcheck delayed the band's performance - but the rest of it ran smoothly. 'Heavy Cross' and - surprise! - 'Standing In The Way Of Control' were the highlights of the set. Pic: PA

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Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders performs on the Obelisk Stage on Day 1 of Latitude Festival in Henham Park, Southwold in Suffolk. Getty
The Pretenders on the main stage, Friday evening. Chrissie Hynde was on light-hearted, bantering form. “You’re a good-looking audience,” she gushed before launching into 'Back On The Chain Gang. “Just what I’d expect. This is for your dad.” Pic: PA

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Geoff Hoon gets into the festival spirit at Latitude. Pic: Richard Johnson

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General atmosphere at the Latitude Festival, Henham Park in Southwold
The sheep enclosure at Latitude. Painted pink and orange especially for the festival, the sheep are a major attraction - although they don't do much, they just stand around. It's not like they get up and give a turn in the cabaret area. Pic: PA

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Grace Jones plays Latitude Festival 2009
Grace Jones variously enthralled and bored the Latitude crowd on Saturday night, with a lengthy set that just about enabled people to forget the intermittent rain. "Have you ever had a man die in your arms?" she asked the crowd at one point. It's difficult to know how to respond to that. Pic: Richard Johnson

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Bat For Lashes Play Lattitude Festival 2009
Bat For Lashes headlined a pram-packed Uncut Arena on Saturday night. Uncut's Michael Bonner singled out guitarist Charlotte Hatherley for praise: "A brilliant confection of Celtic swirls that call to mind everyone from Gary Marx in the Sisters Of Mercy to some of the more pensive work of Robert Smith in early Cure, or tense, wired post-punk." Pic: Richard Johnson

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Bombay Bicyle Club play Latitude Festival 2009
Playing on the intimate Lake Stage, Bombay Bicycle Club drew a sizable crowd made up mostly of younger festival-goers. Their frenzied response was matched by the band when bassist/guitarist Ed Nash scaled his ten-foot speaker, standing on top of it with his head touching the stage's roof – much to the audience's delight. Pic: Richard Johnson

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Grace Jones on stage at the Latitude Festival, Henham Park in Southwold
Pet Shop Boys bring a touch of pop glamour to Latitude. The clear highlight of the set was a strobe-augmented rendition of 'It's A Sin', a UK chart-topper from 1987 album 'Actually'. Pic: PA

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Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys on stage at the Latitude Festival, Henham Park in Southwold
Pet Shop Boys were accompanied by a host of dancers - including these guys, with colourful boxes on their heads. Pic: PA

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Thom Yorke performs on stage at the Latitude Festival, Henham Park in Southwold
Thom Yorke drew the biggest crowd of the weekend - despite playing at the relatively early hour of midday, Sunday. Seemingly shy (he asked for the side-of-stage screens to be switched off) he treated fans to a new song, 'The Present Tense' and closed with a mesmerising version of Radiohead's great lost song, 'True Love Waits'. Pic: PA

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