10 of the best Latitude Festival sets - were you there?
06:00 11 July 2014
If you’ve been to a music festival, you’ll probably be familiar with that moment when a great band is playing and the energy in the crowd just feels right.
We asked people to recall which Latitude Festival sets stood out for them in recent years.
What was your favourite set? Leave your comments below.
Arcade Fire (2007)
Editor (digital) David Powles writes: “This could have been the gig that put Latitude on the festival map.
“It was only its second year but there was a fantastic buzz around Arcade Fire and to line them up was a real coup.
“The show itself didn’t disappoint, the band on top form as they powered their way through the excellent early songs that helped them build up such a following.”
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (2009)
As chosen by Damian Steward (@Damo1972). The sharp-suited Australian, with his dark lyrics and growling voice, headlined the Sunday night. Performing for more than 40 years, he first fronted post-punk group The Birthday Party.
Florence and the Machine (2010)
Reporter Catherine Morris-Gretton writes: “Florence and the Machine made her first headline appearance at a festival at Latitude in 2010.
“With bare feet (apparently a sign she likes a venue) and a white floaty dress, she delivered a belting set, including hits You’ve Got The Love and Dog Days Are Over.
“The crowd also joined in with a chorus of Happy Birthday for her younger sister Gracie.
“A truly feel-good performance and one of the best I have been to.”
Sigur Ros (2008)
Twitter user @MisterMeOggy wrote: “Has to be @sigurros in 2008 for me, blew my tiny mind! Possibly my best ever live music experience.” The other-worldly Icelandic band, who sing in their own language called Hopelandic and whose songs often featured on the BBC’s Planet Earth, brought their unique show to Henham Park.
Bon Iver (2012)
Editor (digital) David Powles writes: “Latitude is at its best when it lines up bands you don’t often get to see elsewhere and Bon Iver was one of these.
“Playing songs from For Emma, Forever Ago and Bon Iver this felt as intimate as main stage headline acts can get.
“The crowd was silent in awe for the awe-inspiring two-hour set.”
The XX (2010)
Callum Bond (@callumbond) picked the “incredible” performance. Weeks before winning the Mercury Music Prize for their debut album xx, the London pop band with their breathy vocals graced The Word Arena.
Paloma Faith (2011)
Reporter Donna-Louise Bishop writes: “It was the first festival I had ever been to and I didn’t go prepared for the rain - but that didn’t dampen my spirits.
“I took my heavy metal-loving husband along for the ride and surprised even him with a change in our normal music choice.
“The stand-out highlight for both of us was the spectacular performance by the hilarious Paloma Faith on the Obelisk Arena.
“Not only was her set pretty impressive as the crowd became covered in giant inflatable balls, but her vocals were spot-on and left both of us with a warm fuzzy feeling at the end of the show.
“She also had a fantastic sense of humour which we still delight in watching when she appears on television on shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Celebrity Juice.”
Editor (digital) David Powles writes: “One of those bands best listened to with a roof over your head, Spiritualized stormed through their back catalogue in the Uncut tent.
“Such a powerhouse live, this was a personally highlight of several Latitude’s despite its billing in the late afternoon snooze slot.”
The Mars Volta (2008)
As chosen by Damian Steward (@Damo1972). The energetic prog rockers, some of whom were previously in cult post-hardcore band At The Drive-In, performed the year they released album The Bedlam In Goliath.
Reporter Sam Russell writes: “Freak-folk sisters Sierra and Bianca Casady took to the big top stage of the BBC Radio 6 Music tent on a balmy Sunday afternoon.
“Their fragile songs, alternately whispered and high-pitched, were accompanied by in-your-face human beat-boxing - with a full microphone-to-neck drum & bass interlude.
“I’d been expecting electronic pioneers Kraftwerk to give the performance of the weekend, and while I enjoyed their set it didn’t take my breath away.
“With CocoRosie I got the unexpected and their energy stood out.
“It was very welcome after three days of living in a field.”