Henham Park hosted the 13th edition of Festival Republic’s Latitude Festival last month.
There is no Glastonbury this year but ‘who cares?’ Latitude has all the acts, all the comedy – and this year it had all the sunshine as well. It dubs itself a “multi-arts festival” and that moniker is apt. There’s quite a big chance you’ll find something you’re at least slightly interested in. This year it even had its own Street Food festival, so nobody went hungry!
Big names like the Killers, alt-J and a surprise Liam Gallagher flounder, but there’s buried treasure from Nao, IAMDDB and Octavian lower down the bill.
Beyonce Knowles’ sister Solange shone on Friday night. The stage was set with a huge inflatable balloon and two pyramids which were lit up in bright colours throughout the performance.
The crowd were buzzing with electricity whilst waiting for The Killers to take to the stage on Saturday night. The band played a number of hits from this album as well as songs we’d all been waiting for such as ‘When You Were Young,’ Human’ ’Mr Brightside’ and ‘Somebody Told Me.’
It must have been one of the hottest Latitudes on record. Despite the heat (and a few sunburnt backs) the crowd were in high spirits and soon swaying to the sounds of Rag’n’Bone Man’s soulful voice. He performed tracks from his 2014 EP Wolves and hit songs from album ‘Human’ which won him a Brit Award in 2017 for British Breakthrough Act.
Alt-J, who first played one of the smaller stages at Southwold’s Henham Park in 2012, rounded things off on the Sunday evening.
The star of the weekend was Liam Gallagher. His secret set on Saturday evening, peppered with singalong Oasis hits, will live long in the memory… the secret set at Latitude was perhaps the best Oasis gig ever staged.
Finally, onto our Suffolk stars who performed at this years festival, find out more about them including Piers James, Caswell and Skinny Rodgers.
Photos © Andrew Florides