Festival Blagger’s Guide: Latitude 2014

26 July 2014 by

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[Photo: Mark Field]

At the weekend we headed to Latitude Festival in Suffolk to bask in the sunshine (and shelter from some thunderstorms) and see a tonne of amazing music, comedy, dancing and more. Here's what happened...

The music

Too much to mention - but our highlights included the brilliant Jungle, Kelis, Haim, The War On Drugs and Slaves. Despite the flack she got on Twitter, Lily Allen did a great job of filling in as a last minute replacement for Two Door Cinema Club as Friday night headliner. But our favourite of the weekend was Damon Albarn’s headline set on Saturday night. We might have been watching him live on stage for twenty years now (yes, we’re OLD), but he's still got it. 

[Photo: Mark Field]

The rest

As always, Latitude had loads more going on than just the music. We watched Saddler’s Wells ballet and The World Tango Champions by the lake, caught Laura Bates talking about Everyday Sexism, saw David Bailey in conversation with Tim Marlow, went on a helter skelter and even watched the lift from Dirty Dancing recreated in the water.

[Photo: Alex de Mora]

The after hours

Latitude comes into it’s own once the bands finish. From a packed out Guilty Pleasures tent, to a disco shed (yes, someone dj-ing in a shed), and Keith Allen's late night Establishment Club with special guests every night, there was plenty to stop you hitting the sleeping bag. The rumoured late-night DJ set by Eastenders' Ian Beale didn't materialise though. Gutted. 

[Photo: Jack Pasco]

The food and drink

From Greek meze platters and wood-fired pizzas to Terry’s Chocolate Orange milkshakes, homemade sausage rolls and even confit duck, there was pretty much everything your stomach might desire. Down by the lake, you could even be seated at a proper restuarant, by an actual maitre d'. We’ve come a long way from cheesy chips, folks. 

The location

The beautiful Henham Park near Southwold, Suffolk. Set next to a lake and with acres of woodland, Latitude has one of the most magical festival backdrops around. By day we lazed on the grass in the sun, by night we raved in the forest. 

[Photo: Mark Field]

The weather

Hot, hot, hot. With a few epic thunderstorms for dramatic effect.

The street style

Thanks to the blazing hot temperatures, most festival goers wore as little as possible - shorts, crop tops, playsuits, with lots of bold prints going on. Bum bags are still proving to be 2014’s unlikeliest summer trend, and we spotted loads of round sunnies. When the thunderstorms started on Saturday night, the drowned-rat look briefly became popular. 

The beauty

A lot of glitter, a fair smattering of red lipstick and plenty of rainbow coloured nails. 

The highlight

The epic thunder and lightening show on Saturday night, which hit just as Damon Albarn brought Blur bandmate Graham Coxon onstage to sing Tender - complete with the entire audience acting as backing singers. It felt pretty magical. And Este from Haim's bass face. Always. 

[Photo: Mark Field]

The lowlight

The mosquitos. And the near total lack of phone reception all weekend. If you lost your friends, you had to hope you bumped into them - or else make some new ones. 


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