PHOTOGRAPHY Imogen Thomas
WORDS Hannah Sargeant
Deep within the depths of rural Suffolk, you’ll find one of the most accommodating musical happenings of the summer. Latitude, a middle-class jamboree, comes complete with ballet on the waterfront, lakeside yoga, pink sheep and gondola rides against an opera performance backdrop. It’s an English bourgeois dream, and the model venue for all bourgeois revelries to unfold.
Look a little further beyond the crevices of the lake’s shores on the aptly named ‘The Lake Stage’, and you’ll find plenty to get your hands dirty. Filthy, even. Some of the countries most talked about bands can be heard bellowing punk'ed up chants of paranoia and distaste. In the very light of day, HMLTD, Dream Wife, Dead Pretties, and Cabbage paced the platform looking to roughen up unsuspecting crowds and clueless mothers were pulled from the wreckage of midday moshpits.
Elsewhere, rock band Childhood revert to a feel good 70’s pop set, Placebo (Issue #2 cover stars) remind us why they were the 90’s most popular answer to alternative rock, and previous FOXES cover stars Sunflower Bean and Temples get the crowds out at the forested Sunrise Arena - Temples capturing the mind and soul of fans during their headliner psychotropic night-time set. Our NYC favourites from across the pond, The Lemon Twigs, give an high-intensity performance and possessed their audience at the BBC stage with their Roky Erikson’s ‘I Walked With a Zombie’ cover, their new track ‘Night Song’ and their signature instrument swaps, high kicks and mid-air splits.
From in the fields to backstage, peruse our shots of the weekend below...