Latitude festival has only been going for five years, but I’d recommend going next year without hesitation. I haven’t been to many festivals but easily preferred it to the likes of Reading. It’s very relaxed and family friendly, but has great parties until 3am for the older crowd. There’s easily something for everyone too from comedy to literature, to theatre and of course music. This year also presented the fabulous Central St Martins and Chelsea Graduate Fashion Shows, as well as a special Coco de Mer one, across the river; a stunning setting.
My favourite aspects were the comedy and music. Well-known comedians like Ardal O’Hanlon of ‘My Hero’ and ‘Father Ted’ fame, and Stephen K Amos, kept us laughing for hours. I actually preferred the Word Tent over the Obelisk [main] arena. The atmosphere was much more exciting and it hosted more of my favourite bands.
We chose to see The National over Florence as we’d seen her at Reading and were not disappointed, the ambience and music was amazing. Highlights of the weekend included seeing The XX, my favourite performance, and meeting Yeasayer!
New bands for me included Lissie, who performed spectacularly in a woodland setting, as well as School of Seven Bells.
Without a doubt I want to go back next year, we couldn’t fit everything in and had the most enjoyable time! Check out some of the great bands I’ve mentioned, and be ready to book next year’s tickets!