Ah! Another year, another Latitude! I really love this festival. I’m not going to pretend that I didn’t make some pretty curmudgeonly noises upon seeing the headliners this year but, as always, there’s far more than enough to keep anyone absurdly busy, or just hang out in the insanely beautiful forested venue.
Here are a few gigs I didn’t flesh out into full reviews, but still could be argued (barely) to deserve your attention:
Dave – Sunrise Arena – Saturday
Like most 19-year-olds, Dave has some interesting things to say, and also some incredibly boring ones. I found his Fire in The Booth set underwhelming, with a few interesting bits, but judging by the enormous crowds of children literally sprinting to see him, I don’t seem to be wholly on board with what da yoof are into (quel surprise). Anyway, they all had a far more marvellous time than me and I dare say the whole affair did Dave’s already swollen ego no harm at all.
IDLES – Lake Stage & Introducing Stage – Saturday
IDLES could’ve shown Dave a thing or two about what rewards come with age. They’re the same age as your dad (possibly; they’re the same age as someone’s dad), but they rocked harder than everyone else put together, and reminded me that a lot of the things I would thoughtlessly call “punk” are really nothing more than an Indian head massage when compared to this metaphorical punch in the face.
‘Tis love by Jove!
Lubomyr Melnyk – Sunrise Arena – Sunday
In ludicrously stark contrast, Lubomyr Melnyk is the fastest pianist in the West. And the east, the north, and the south. He has a beard to rival Gandalf, and is super friendly.
Disappointingly for someone with such an exotic name, he has the relaxed, west-coast American accent of a retired surfer, but this sort of makes him rather adorable.
The music is beautiful, and draws a nearly full tent of people who, it turns out, really needed some chilled out classical piano to ease their hangovers (myself very much included).
He explains everything he’s doing in detail, as if we care. He’s thoroughly adorable, and a fantastic way to start Sunday.