Latitude often gets overlooked due to its reputation as a very middle class festival. I’ve overheard it being described as ‘if John Lewis did festivals’, and the inclusion of food stalls from The Hummingbird Bakery and Loch Fyne confirm that this is probably quite an accurate description. However, don’t be fooled; beyond the sea of halloumi stalls and waves of ‘my first festival’ teens trying not to bump into their parents is a brilliant festival with a unique atmosphere.
The diversity of music, performances and installations is like that of a scaled down Glastonbury, and there is always something to keep you entertained. If you’re the kind of person who’ll happily just watch the larger bands on the main stages, then you can do that. If you’d prefer to wander around the woods for a while to discover something before dropping into a tent full of FM radios tuned to different frequencies, you can do that too. There really is something for everyone, young and old, and the crowds are generally some of the friendliest you could come across.
Latitude’s lineup never disappoints, and is always one for big headliners and a large number of up and coming artists. This year saw Bloc Party, Kraftwerk and Foals headlining the Obelisk Arena, and many other bands including Clean Bandit, Disclosure, Rudimental, Everything Everything, CocoRosie, Hot Chip and The Maccabees making up the rest of the lineup.
Here is a selection of photos we took at this years Latitude Festival, 19th-21st July at Henham Park in Southwold.
Photos by Dan Hess