Although technically a music festival the Henham Park, Southwold, gathering mixed arts, comedy and more for an experience like no other
Within it's scenic woodland surroundings, Henham Park in Southwold, Suffolk, was once again the place to be this past weekend (19 - 21 July) as the worlds of music, arts, comedy, cabaret and more all mixed seamlessly together for a weekend to remember.
Bloc Party rounded off the first day
Although it was Bloc Party who headlined the main-stage on the first night (Friday 19 July), revellers didn't have to wait around to get their first taste of the wonders of festival-life. With the Maccabees, Yo La Tengo and The Leisure Society coming before them, one of the most warmly received acts came from one of the smaller stages, the BBC Radio 6 stage. Texas were the headliners of the night and despite their more radio-friendly sound ging against the alternative grain most of the festival takes, their renditions of 'I Don’t Want a Lover,' 'Summer Son' and a host of new tracks had the audience eating out of singer Sharleen Spiteri's hands. Meanwhile Japandroids and DIIV were among the bigger names on the smaller stages, whilst Lee Nelson and Sean Lock were among those bringing the laughs to the Comedy Stage.
Kraftwerk didn't manage to transport their 3-D experience to their festival surroundings
On the Saturday electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk brought their acclaimed 3-D show to the Suffolk festival in what was a hit and miss headlining slot. Although the spectacle fo the whole thing was something to marvel at, the transition of the show from indoor arenas and art gallery to the main stage of an outdoor festival didn't translate particularly well, and the dwindling audience numbers portrayed this. Before they took to the stage, Jessie Ware and Hot Chip kept the electro-tinge going throughout the day, whilst on the smaller stages Alt-J, Everything Everything, Purity Ring, Rhye, Jagwar Ma and Veronica Falls rocked some of the smaller stages. Comedy-wise, Dylan Moran and Russell Kane were the big names on the Comedy Arena. It should also be pointed out at this stage that the festival feature a new tent, The Alcove, which showcased some bands from the local area. Over the weekend, Young Father, Milo Greene and Bipolar Sunshine managed to keep revellers as entertained as the bigger acts did, providing a great addition to the festival.
Eddie Izzard brought the laughs
Sunday was the final day and headliners Foals made sure it was a night to remember when they took to the Obelisk Stage for the final time of the weekend, but not before Grizzly Bear, Local Native and James Blake made things nice and alternative for the sun-basking audience. Moon Duo, Hookworms and The 1975 were the bands to remember from the smaller stagees, while Eddie Izzard - making a special appearance - Tim Key and Daniel Kitson brought something a little different to the festival scene. Also making a special appearance at the festival was Bobby Womack, who probably fired his wardrobe department after been sent out in the blistering heat in a two-piece red leather suit.
Womack in his not-weather-appropriate outfit
All in all it was a great weekend and knowing Latitude's track record, next year will be as good, if not better than this year. We can hardly wait.
Grizzly Bear were great