Latitude 2016: The Maccabees perform their first festival headline slot

Maccabees headline the Obelisk stage at Latitude 2016 - Paul John Bayfield

Maccabees headline the Obelisk stage at Latitude 2016 - Paul John Bayfield

London quintet The Maccabees brought the Obelisk Stage to a close on the first night of Latitude with a headline performance.

The band, who released the last of their four albums in 2015, were topping the bill at a major British festival for the first time and with their busy style, driven by the fidgety drumming of Sam Doyle, and sweeping guitars they filled the arena.

Songs such as Wall of Arms, the title track from their second album, brought a huge cheer from the crowd, which continued to swell as their music drew fans from across the festival.

Latitude has given a number of British bands their first chance to headline in recent years including Foals and Alt-J and The Maccabees had no trouble stepping up to the slot.

The band are no strangers to Latitude having performed a number of times at the festival and the band seemed to enjoy themselves this time in what was a triumphant return for them.

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At times they got the crowd dancing with pacey tracks while at others they gave an atmospheric performance, slowing down and bringing their audience along with them.

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