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Review: Latitude Festival

Latitude is once again the queen of the arts festivals!

Review: Latitude Festival

Latitude Festival

Tomer Raphael

W!ZARD News Author

Before Latitude had officially started, even on the Thursday beforehand, the excitement lingered through the air, along with the not so pleasant scent of sweat which – looking back – didn’t really leave. Despite the line-up not starting until the following morning, Latitude Festival in Suffolk sure knows how to get a party started!

With a DJ set from Jo Wiley in the beautiful and melodic woods that Latitude tucks away into the first night really put expectations high for what would be an incredible weekend.

The following morning kicked off in similar fashion with the highlight of Friday morning coming from Theme Park in the giant BBC Radio 6 Music Tent. Theme Park played a set lasting just under one hour – but boy everyone was in the mood for it! However, at times it did feel as though Theme Park were out of depth in such a huge tent and they could have been more appropriately suited to the smaller and more secretive i Arena which allows new and upcoming acts to play to a mixture of people who are dedicated fans as well as those fortunate enough to have simple stumbled across the music handpicked by Latitude Festival. The i Arena brought fresh music to my own ears in the form of Norwegian singer-songwriter, Mikhael Paskalev.

Friday night’s headliners, Bloc Party, could often feel to have little crowd interaction – however, they made up for this in many ways. Their quick song transitions were unmatched and their energy provided a real intensive atmosphere for the crowd to go wild in!

Saturday’s headliners, Kraftwerk, were the disappointment of the festival providing a set that lacked the ultimate 3D essence it promised – however, up and coming dance duo Purity Ring (now my favourite now) navigated Saturday night back on course with stunningly visual set on the i Arena. Flume didn’t disappoint on Saturday evening either, with a crisp and edgy dubstep set that proved he is one of the biggest and best upcoming DJs Australia has to offer to a UK audience.

However, no matter how good any of the other acts were – none of them reached the ‘out of this world’ hour and a half set by Foals which included everything from flares to crowd surfing and indeed mosh pits! Ending the Obelisk Arena on a high for another year.

The night was still young and on went the DJ’s through the night into the early hours of the morning. However, Dermot O’Leary’s set in the wood’s comedy stage proved tedious and cautious for many ravers, with the ‘The X Factor’ presenter struggling to keep the crowd happy. As you can imagine, leaving volumes were quite high.

However, the weekend was wonderful and proved entertaining for all ages, genres and experience levels. Latitude is once again the queen of the arts festivals!

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