Latitude Review: Bloc Party

Kele Okereke of Bloc Party performs on the Obelisk stage during the Latitude Festival at Henham Park

Kele Okereke of Bloc Party performs on the Obelisk stage during the Latitude Festival at Henham Park near Southwold, Suffolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date Friday July 19 2013. See PA Story ARTS Latitude. Photo credit should read Chris Radburn/PA Wire - Credit: PA

The first Obelisk Arena main stage headliners of this weekend's Latitude were British electro rockers Bloc Party, who truly lived up to their headline billing.

Bloc Party perform on the Obelisk stage during the Latitude Festival at Henham Park near Southwold

Bloc Party perform on the Obelisk stage during the Latitude Festival at Henham Park near Southwold - Credit: PA

I first saw Bloc Party play the LCR student union at the University of East Anglia almost 10 years ago, when I was just 17.

Kele Okereke of Bloc Party performs on the Obelisk stage during the Latitude Festival at Henham Park

Kele Okereke of Bloc Party performs on the Obelisk stage during the Latitude Festival at Henham Park near Southwold, Suffolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date Friday July 19 2013. See PA Story ARTS Latitude. Photo credit should read Chris Radburn/PA Wire - Credit: PA

They are a band I have grown up with and their sound has matured in the intervening decade to make them one of the UK's top festival acts.

That night in 2003 they were the opening act on the NME Shockwaves Tour, supporting The Futureheads, Kaiser Chiefs and The Killers.

In 2013 Bloc Party have become a headline act in their own right and proved just why with a 90-minute show last night.


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With hits such as Banquet, Helicopter, So Here We Are and The Prayer all keeping the bumper main stage crowd happy, the band moved the festival weekend into top gear.

Lead singer Kele Okereke even has local links, as he studied at the UEA, so what's not to like about Bloc Party?

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Last night they proved there is very little to dislike, with a flawless and exciting show which confirmed the quartet as a headline name.

I certainly won't be waiting another decade to see them again.

David Freezer

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