Latitude Festival, Part Two: For Grown Ups

Latitude Festival 2013
Latitude Festival 2013

Yesterday I covered Latitude festival for kids, today it's all about adults, what was on and what I thought of it from a grown-ups point of view, with the usual heavy sprinkling of photos of course. Musically the line up was very strong, for my tastes it was the best line up of any of this years festivals. Highlights for me were White Denim, Drenge, Bloc Party, Kraftwerk and The Yeahs Yeah Yeahs.

Kraftwerk Latitude Festival 2013
Kraftwerk Latitude Festival 2013

Above: 3D glasses for the Kraftwerk performance Saturday night

I managed to prop myself up against the front barrier during the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Karen O was on fire, wearing a canary yellow sequined shorts and jacket combo along with orange knee high socks. Sadly I was too busy a dancing about to get any good photos but here's one of her doing her thang...

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Latitude 2013
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Latitude 2013

And rather random shot of her climbing back on stage after jumping down to let fans sing into the microphone...

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Latitude 2013
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Latitude 2013

The woman is a legend and the set was awesome, I've not seen them before and I'm ecstaic to be able to tick that off from my 'Bands to see before I die' list (not that I'm planning on going anywhere soon you understand).

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Elsewhere here are some of the sights...

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Thoroughly entertaining with little surprises round every corner Latitude was everything I had hoped it would be this year. I loved seeing how the festival has grown in size over the past 5 years without compromising its style or content. There were many light-hearted references to how it was a bit of a middle-class festival in the comedy tent during the Saturday and yes, to some degree it is, but I think that's true of pretty much every large festival these days - times are hard economically and yes festivals are the most expensive that they have ever been so its no surprise. The great news is is that festivals like Latitude  are adapting and giving people more and more for their money. If you've ever thought of festivals and then shuddered at that tale of the chap falling into the toilet block at Glasto years ago you need to think again. At Latitude every toilet was kept stocked up with toilet roll and clean, each one having it's own hand sanitiser inside. There was option for ladies to use a She Wee in special urinal blocks, may I repsectfully recommend that if you've never tried to widdle using one though that you practice first, let's just say I had 'difficulties'. But let's not dwell on toilets for long, I thought it was worth a mention as I know that loos are something that puts people off these sorts of events.

I'd take the children or go as a couple to Latitude, there's a lovely atmosphere which makes everyone feel welcome and included. You can dance all night (and day if you like) or sit in a deckchair by the lake and sip Pimms. You might like to sit by the lakeside watching ballet, walk into the woods to discover a new band or learn how to knit in the knitting tent. Listen to poetry, authors readings, watch a film, sit in a hot tub in the middle of the woods, wander to a caravan to have your hair cut by two ladies who do hairdressing inspired by music. Dress up, blow bubbles, eat the finest falafels you'll ever taste, fall asleep in the sunshine, be entertained in the comedy tent. Watch late night cabaret, dance at the Disco Shed, make your own artwork. Whatever you do you'll love it - and you'll want to go back, time and time again, just like these fellas...

The Latitude festival Sheep
The Latitude festival Sheep