We’re midway through festival season and at the weekend Grazia lugged our tent to the beautiful Henham Park in Suffolk for the eighth Latitude festival. We’ve got a bit of a soft spot for this one, not only because it always has an amazing line up of music, theatre, comedy and loads more, but because of the stunning setting. Here’s 12 reasons why this year’s was amazing…
1. The sun shone
A festival isn’t a festival without some mud, right? RUBBISH. The sun shone (almost) all weekend at Latitude, making a lot of festival goers very happy – and a few faces a bit pink. Oh, and people who still insist on wearing wellies when its blue skies and 28 degrees. Just. Stop. It.
2. Foals, Foals, Foals
Closing the festival on Sunday night, it was the first ever festival headline slot for Oxford's Foals – and they made it pretty darn epic. ‘This is a special night for us and there is no-one we’d rather spend it with, thank you.’ said frontman Yannis.
3. And all the other amazing bands…
Out of a brilliant line-up, highlights included Hot Chip, Cat Power, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, John Grant, Bloc Party, Jessie Ware, Swim Deep, Clean Bandit, Sohn, Half Moon Run and Disclosure.
4. But it wasn’t just about the music, man
You could spend a whole weekend at Latitude without seeing a single band, such is the amount of comedy, theatre, literature, dance and art on offer. Highlights included The National Theatre of Wales’ collaboration with band Neon-Neon for interactive gig Praxis Makes Perfect, talks with fashion photographer Tim Walker and actor-director Paddy Considine, and a set from comedy legend Eddie Izzard.
5. There was a wedding
Nadine and Neil Smith won a competition with wedding blog Festival Brides to get hitched on site. Their nuptials were attended by 80 guests and after a pork pie and pavalova reception everyone headed off to party and watch Saturday night headliners, Kraftwerk. Speaking of which…
6. 20,000 people wore 3D glasses
‘Have you got your glasses?’ panic stricken festival goers were heard uttering all day Saturday, ahead of Kraftwerk’s 3D headline set. When darkness fell, a whole field could be seen lifting them up and down and trying to work out if they actually did anything. Which was, it has to be said, probably more entertaining than Kraftwerk's actual set.
7. We danced, a lot.
When the bands finished, it was time to dance. And oh how we danced. We danced in the woods, we danced to Taylor Swift along with men covered in glitter, we danced inside a small shed, we danced outside a big shed, we danced on the world’s smallest podium, and to R Kelly’s Ignition (never not amazing). Latitude is very good for dancing.
8. Our new favourite drummer
We first spotted Sarah Jones and her amazing Middleton-esque mop during Bloc Party's set on Friday night. Fast forward a day and there she was on stage again, being equally as brilliant with Hot Chip. Give the girl some Lucozade.
9. Bobby Womack
Every year Latitude fills the Sunday lunchtime slot on the main Obelisk Arena with a very special set. Previous years have included Thom Yorke and Tom Jones and this time it was soul legend Bobby Womack playing to a huge crowd of delicate souls who had danced too much the night before (see above). Lying in the sun listening to his tunes was utter bliss.
10. The setting
Ballet on the lake, a disco in the woodlands and a secret theatre in the faraway forest… one of the best things about Latitude is you never know what you are going to stumble across, or where.
11. Sunday night raving
Latitude is known for its laid back vibe, but judging by the 10 deep-crowd outside the tent for Rudimental on Sunday night, the crowd were also itching for a rave. We spotted Caroline Flack, in an afro wig and fur coat, heading over for a dance. When they played 'Waiting All Night' it - as they say - went off. Then afterwards, we carried on bopping to Disclosure. you can keep yer Midsomer Murders.
12. The sheep
They were pink. And blue. And green. And yellow. Nuff said.