Thursday, July 15, 2010

Latitude 2010 - Who To See

Up here at Bobby Six Towers the festival of choice is Latitude. You can forget your Healing Fields of Glastonbury or your drunk 15-year-olds making fires out of plastic cups at Reading, it's all about strolling through the beautiful Suffolk countryside, taking in some fine bands and enjoying the chilled out (if slightly middle-class) atmos.

Last year, we even took to the stage with out friends The Late Greats to sing an acoustic version of - wait for it - Gangsta's Paradise. Highlight of the year? Try highlight of our lives.

So, if you are heading to this weekend's Latitude, here are a few tips of who to see.


About three years ago, was in the back room of a Kings Cross hotel (don't worry, this story isn't going in the direction it's threatening to) sitting cross-legged on the floor with about 100 other people watching an impromptu performance by Nigel Kennedy. It was mind-blowingly good (below).
He will be in slightly prettier surroundings on Thursday evening, and if you want your festival to get off to a magical start, then you'd be wise to pour yourself a mug of goon and find a nice spot to watch him do his thing.


If infectious indie-disco is your bag, then Hockey are sure to get you dancing, at least, they certainly had such an effect on the crowd at this year's Laneway Festival in Sydney. The Sunrise Arena sees turns from Girls and Tokyo Police Club, while old friends of, Angus & Julia Stone bring their beautiful folk to the Word Arena. If their previous Latitude appearance (below) is anything to go by, they'll win plenty of hearts.

Later on the same stage, check out Richard Hawley before trying to catch some of both main headliners, The National and the lung-busting presence of Florence and The Machine.

The must see act of Friday though is surely the wonderful Laura Marling. While her poetic, bleak folk would surely be better suited to a smaller stage than the Obelisk Arena, her set will surely be one of the highlights of the festival.


Will Paul Heaton be worth a look? Only one way to find out really (update: check the comments section at the end of this post!). Weirdy distopian folkster Lupen Crook should be an early treat worth making the effort to see too. Elsewhere, Josie Long will be bringing the laughs to the comedy tent and Paul Greengrass is A-ing the Q's in the Film and Music Arena.

Someone it is unquestionably worth paying attention to on Saturday evening is David Ford. Having played a secret show by the river last year (above), this time round he'll be on the Word Stage. Don't miss his set. In fact, you'd be wise to stay in the Word Tent for the rest of the day, as Noah and The Whale, The Horrors and The XX all follow Ford's show. Otherwise, the cardiganned tweeness of Belle and Sebastian will probably be lovely, or there is always the visceral Archie Bronson Outfit in the Sunrise Arena.


More than likely having played backing band to Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons will be on the same stage on Sunday, with their pleasant enough country folk. Meanwhile, Midlake will hope their sound isn't dogged by the same muddiness that they encountered at Latitude in 2007. After them, Melbourne's The Temper Trap (below - another band long-since championed at show how their popularity has soared since last year's triumphant showing on the Word Stage, with a slot at the back end of the day in the Obelisk Arena.

On the Sunrise Stage, These New Puritans simply have to be seen. Their ambitious album, Hidden, still sits atop the BobbySix album of the year poll for 2010. My Bloody Valentine-inspired The Pains of Being Pure at Heart might be worth a look too. If you need a break from the music, then check out the incredibly funny Richard Herring in the Comedy Tent and hear Jim Bob read from his new book in the Literary Arena.

For those of us that think headliners Vampire Weekend are at least twice as shit as everyone else seems to, then its a no-brainer to choose Grizzly Bear instead, and before them sees the very welcome return of The Coral and the exciting inclusion of a set by Charlotte Gainsbourg.

If you head slightly off the beaten trail, you're sure to find loads more diverse and interesting stuff to see and do as well. It promises to be a great one. Send your photos and reviews to


paul heaton said...

Oi! Course I'll be good! Heato x

Bobby Six said...

Ha! That's brilliant. You heard it from Mr Heaton himself kids. Go and see him at the Word Arena on Saturday at 4pm.

Hopefully the set will be punctuated by some Housemartins songs. That would be fucking awesome come to think of it. I used to love that band.

Maybe I should just get all the artists to tell me in advance if they are going to be worth seeing. Then perhaps they could send through a review of their show afterwards too. That would sure save me a lot of work...