Latitude: Matt Hunter on his first day at the festival complete with Lily Allen, Billy Bragg and Rudimental

Lily Allen at Latitude 2014 - Paul Bayfield Lily Allen at Latitude 2014 - Paul Bayfield

Saturday, July 19, 2014
12:12 PM

So after my first day at Latitude how did I get on?

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Matt Hunter reports on his first day at LatitudeMatt Hunter reports on his first day at Latitude

Yesterday was sweltering hot but this morning started with thunder.

Rain and lightning came to Henham Park just as the party had began to subside. I didn’t get wet though. My super-duper budget three-man Asda tent prevented any rain from upsetting my sleep.

The whole day was a rush. Stampeding press marched from stage to stage to get their copy. For me Billy Bragg and Rudimental were to be reviewed.

But after leaving the sticky media tent it was time to explore more of the wonders on offer.

Joined by EADT and EDP colleagues we caught a glimpse of Lily Allen. She’s not one of my favourites but the crowd enjoyed her songs and on-stage banter.

Then it was time for Scottish ambient rock group Mogwai at the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage.

Throbbing sounds mesmerised and will lead me to search out their discography.

Following this we decided a late night poetry binge was in order. Poets complete in wrestling spandex brought the house down with quick-fire rap rhymes. Funny, captivating and just a little rude it was worth watching.

By this time my legs were heavy but we brave four souls ventured to the In the Woods stage. There the disco mash-up saw hundreds dance to nightclub classics old and new. Music at the nearby iArena was also still on at this point. My day was made when the DJ started a mix which included Prince’s Erotic City.

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