Latitude 2016: Chvrches’ punchy set gets everyone on their feet

CHVRCHES at Latitude 2016 - Paul John Bayfield

CHVRCHES at Latitude 2016 - Paul John Bayfield

The setting sun shone on the crowd at the Obelisk Arena this evening as Scottish synth band Chvrches took to the stage.

CHVRCHES at Latitude 2016 - Paul John Bayfield

CHVRCHES at Latitude 2016 - Paul John Bayfield

Chvrches - pronounced 'churches' - are Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty, who formed in Glasgow in 2011.

Known for their punchy electro tunes, the band didn't disappoint and had everyone jumping from the front row to the back, as they treated fans to their well-known hits alongside equally well-received, albeit lesser-known songs.

The three performers didn't need elaborate special effects as Mayberry's effortless vocals accompanied by Cook and Doherty packed a punch.

But the blocky stage lighting, combined with Mayberry's outfit and the video game-style synth gave the set a distinctly 90s feel.

CHVRCHES at Latitude 2016 - Paul John Bayfield

CHVRCHES at Latitude 2016 - Paul John Bayfield

Although Mayberry provided the main vocals, Doherty took over for Under the Tide which also went down well with the crowd - both sing with a Scottish accent making their sound even more unique.

But it wasn't long until Mayberry returned, performing her signature twirling around the stage between lyrics.

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The set ended with what started as a stripped back version of what is arguably Chvrches' most popular song, The Mother We Share, which featured in the opening video for the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony in Glasgow.

But what began as a chance for everyone to sing along soon changed when the beat kicked in, delivering a strong ending to an impressive set.

CHVRCHES at Latitude 2016 - Paul John Bayfield

CHVRCHES at Latitude 2016 - Paul John Bayfield

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