Yes, I know, just me and Seasick Steve, chilling out with a pint - that's the kind of festival Latitude is, it puts people at ease and make memories you'll never forget (and yes I do regret pulling that god awful face).
I am late starter when it comes to festivals, I'd love nothing more than to say that I was at Glasto back when Radiohead blew everyone away from the Pyramid stage - but I wasn't. My love affair with festivals is a late one but I kind of like it for that, the whole 'you're never to old to try these things' sort of attitude. My first festival was Latitude, back in it's it's first year in 2006 and it remains to this day my favourite festival ever and this weekend I'm going to go again *insert rapturous screams of ecstasy* since then I've been to many but Latitude holds a special place in my heart.
Having been back in 2006, pre-Kitty and 2008 post-Ozzy I'm sure that I'm in for a treat, there are a few things about Latitude that make it, well Latitude. Set in beautiful rolling Suffolk countryside one of the first things you see when you walk in are dozens and dozens of multicolour sheep. Real ones, dyed naturally, roaming around a picturesque lake. Now I can't find the 2006 photos on my computer for love nor money but trust me it's an awesome sight. This weekend I'm going solo, no children and no Papasaurus but this does mean that I am going to have loads of time to explore, sip mojitos in the sunshine, dance and take some awesome photographs. I've only found my photography groove in the past few months and this is a thrilling festival to photograph - so please do come back next Monday and Tuesday for a real flavour of what Latitude is all about.
Latitude offers so much music, a truly outstanding comedy arena - the best comedy that I've seen at a festival , cabaret, theatre, poetry, film & music, Faraway Forest, Pandoras Playground, late night DJs, DJs in the woods, culinary classes, kids area, inbetweeners teens area and even a waterside floating platform. There's something great about being able to amble and listen to some comedy, stumble into a shady tent and listen to authors talk, go and watch a film and then sit by a lake and what some ballet on a floating platform before dancing your socks off all night long. There are not words that can describe how much you need Latitude in your life.
This year for me the music is without a shadow of a doubt the strongest line up for my tastes of all the festivals. Here's my pick of the weekend music ahead at Latitude:
Obelisk Arena: The Yeah Yeahs Yeahs, Alt J, Kraftwerk, Hot Chip, Bloc Party, Foals, I am Kloot.
BBC Radio 6 music stage: Alt J, White Demin, Rudimental, Disclosure, Everything Everything.
The Lake Stage: Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Jagwar Ma, The 1975.
i Arena: Japandroids, Purity Ring, Torres, Temples.
And so I sit here, getting all nostalgic of Latitudes gone by - and trying to get organised!