Latitude Festival is one of the biggest signs of summer. It’s astounding that already a year has passed since the last. I know I can be deep and romantic, but to be frank, I find it difficult to describe Latitude as it embodies so many good memories, so many good blurs, so many good states of mind. But, perhaps for this post, I can shift myself into some dry muddy boots just about and dislodge some of the positive energy and write briefly, engaged.
It’s more than just a music festival, okay? And that phrase takes a good double-take to truly take in. Going to Latitude is like going to a creative Rehab; a weekend ticket to the festival is like a ticket to a weekend of being slowly resuscitated from your day-to-day, music massaging your head, people eyeing up your esteem till it’s on the verge of finally settling – there are the wanders of plays, poems, comedy, cabaret, discussing intelligence inspiring a sit-down cattle of concentration, or calming; a lot of the festival could be enjoyed in a state of half-doze if you weren’t itching to experience the breadth of the festival that leg-drifting rather than head-drifting supplies.
The line-up of music is as solid as ever. This is an event that will seamlessly bring the likes of Lone, the likes of Conor Oberst, the likes of Royksopp, the likes of Billy Bragg and the likes of a local musician called Mirror Signal together in one intricately-lined, clap-sounding palm. And none of these artists are even featured in the golden 8tracks mix below, despite my highlighting them.
There is more to be prolonged in terms of this preview, but in terms of experience, Lat never fails to perform, and I think I got pretty close to the five-star full on experience last year – posted, go look: Latitude 2013 Was The Best Festival Ever.
Click through for the tracklisting.
Jungle – The Heat
Elephant – Tame Impala
HAIM – The Wire
John Wizards – Muizenberg
Crystal Fighters – Champion Sound
Seinabo Sey – Younger
SNAKEHIPS – Make It
Tom Vek – A Chore
War On Drugs – Red Eyes
Milky Chance – Stolen Dance
Two Inch Punch – Moon Struck
Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)
SOHN – Bloodflows
Phosphorescent – Song For Zula
SOAK – BLUD
The Acid – Basic instinct
James Vincent McMorrow – Cavalier
Glass Animals – Woozy (feat Jean Deaux)
Come to Latitude this year. Buy your tickets here. We’ll see you by the sheep