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Alt-J headline Latitude six years after first appearing on the Lake Stage

PUBLISHED: 08:22 16 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:22 16 July 2018

Alt-J headline on Sunday at Latitude 2018.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Alt-J headline on Sunday at Latitude 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

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In 2012, something rather odd happened in rock music: the geeks took over.

Alt-J headline on Sunday at Latitude 2018.
Picture: Nick ButcherAlt-J headline on Sunday at Latitude 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

Gone were the posturing, hard-partying stars of yesteryear replaced by a trio of nerds and their stellar debut album “An Awesome Wave”. And it was that same year on the lowly Lake Stage at Henham Park when that very band, Alt-J, sealed their slot as Britain’s most exciting new act with a knock-out set.

Six years later and they are closing the festival on the main stage. It has been quite a journey for Alt-J.

Back then the crowd nodded along; these days they sing every word back at the band. This was a set that took the crowd on Alt-J’s impressive journey with large slices of all three of the band’s albums included.

The biggest sing-alongs were saved for favourites “Breezeblocks”, “Every Other Freckle” and “Left Hand Free” but the darker tracks from latest album ‘Relaxer’ also took on a new life at Latitude.

Alt-J headline on Sunday at Latitude 2018.
Picture: Nick ButcherAlt-J headline on Sunday at Latitude 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

This festival loves Alt-J. Regulars at Henham Park have nurtured and encouraged the lads from Leeds since almost day dot. This was a fitting reward.

Alt-J headline on Sunday at Latitude 2018.
Picture: Nick ButcherAlt-J headline on Sunday at Latitude 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

Alt-J headline on Sunday at Latitude 2018.
Picture: Nick ButcherAlt-J headline on Sunday at Latitude 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

Alt-J headline on Sunday at Latitude 2018.
Picture: Nick ButcherAlt-J headline on Sunday at Latitude 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

Alt-J headline on Sunday at Latitude 2018.
Picture: Nick ButcherAlt-J headline on Sunday at Latitude 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

Alt-J headline on Sunday at Latitude 2018.
Picture: Nick ButcherAlt-J headline on Sunday at Latitude 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

Alt-J headline on Sunday at Latitude 2018.
Picture: Nick ButcherAlt-J headline on Sunday at Latitude 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

Alt-J headline on Sunday at Latitude 2018.
Picture: Nick ButcherAlt-J headline on Sunday at Latitude 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

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