|Latitude Festival 2011|
13th - 16th Jul 2011
Henham Park Estate, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 8AN, United Kingdom
Saturday was one of those rare occasions where the Met Office got the weather forecast spot on, they said it would rain and boy did it rain. Many people decided to stay in their tents until the rain subsided, whereas others crowded into the undercover stages, much to the delight of the artistes.
In the Word Arena we await the entrance of the dandy highwayman Adam Ant, he jumps on to the stage wearing a pirate outfit to the unmistakeable sound of Dog Eat Dog. He goes on to perform a greatest hit set much to everyone’s joy.
Over on The Lake Stage The B.Goodes are providing a good set of honest rock, they were followed by the Brooklyn punks Cerebral Ballzy, who delivered a high energy performance. Their frontman Honor Titus doing a fine impersonation of Iggy Pop, by drinking, spitting, jumping on speakers and singing upside down from the lighting rigging. They also managed to get a small mosh pit, much to the surprise of the front of stage security.
Shortly after Cerebral Ballzy’s performance cheers were heard around the arena as an orange orb appeared in the sky, yes it was the sun this coincided with an exodus from the various campsites into the arena.
Over on The Sunrise Stage Trophy Wife delivered a great set mixing analog and digital sound to wonderful effect, certainly one of the unexpected highlights of the weekend. . It was the second set of the weekend where the drummers seemed to be taking centre stage, a new trend perhaps?
Back on The Word Stage Bellowhead deliver a great performance to a full house running through their tried and tested festival set, Jon Boden has a great rapport with the audience and gets them bouncing and singing throughout the set.
Echo & The Bunnyman have the longest set of the day in The Word Arena, delivering some of their indie goth classics all of which were leading to the inevitable conclusion The Cutter.
Foals were the headliner on the Word Stage, the tent is packed with a an expectant crowd and they are treated to one of the sets of the weekend, the crowd bounce and sing along to a setlist which included Cassius, Miami and Total Life Forever
Throughout the day there were performances on the Sky Arts by various artists including Sea Sick Steve (with John Paul Jones) and Ed Sherren this gave fans a chance to get up close and personal and have photo’s taken with the artist, as the only exit route was through the crowd.
One of the features of Latitude is the beautiful landscape and the woods, however due to the heavy rain earlier in the day some of the walkways had become very difficult for wheelchair bound festival goers to negotiate, especially the slopes in the woods. We went to see the folk at the Attitude is Everything, their aim is to improve deaf and disabled festival goer’s access to live music and are trying to implement a charter of best practice across the U.K. They advised us that the organisers had worked hard to provide facilities but they did not expect the amount of rain which caused the problems, this will no doubt be on the lessons learnt for next year.