When I saw Pulp just weeks ago I thought it was maybe the best gig I had ever seen, the band were in top form and the crowd hung on every word, so there was a high bar for Friday night's Latitude headliners.

Arriving on stage shortly after telling the bumper Obilisk Stage crowd "this is a night you will remember for the rest of your lives", the band went on stage and crept into 'I Spy' from 1995's much-loved Different Class album.

Lead singer Jarvis Cocker arrived via stage lift in front of a backdrop of the moon channelling Serge Gainsbourg with a sprinkling of his own Sheffield sleaze as he sang "I spy a boy and I spy a girl".

The grandiose entrance was carried out with tongue firmly in cheek and that is where it remained for the rest of the set as Cocker teased and joked with the crowd throughout.

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What followed was a set packed with hits from the pummelling 'Disco 2000' to the voyeuristic glory of 'Babies' accompanied by a well-picked selection of album tracks such as 'Pink Glove' from 1994's His and Hers and the rousing 'Mis-Shapes'.

However, a little more from His and Hers such as 'Lipgloss' and 'Joyriders' would not have gone amiss. 

The band played like they have never been away and fully justified their hotly anticipated reunion. The whole tour has been a victory lap for what is possibly the Britpop era's greatest band.

Unfortunately, unlike the Finsbury Park gig, this performance will not live quite as long in the memory though, the sound was quiet and the chuntering of half-interested bystanders was easily heard.

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One man who had brought his seven-year-old child could be seen getting angry at revellers daring to enjoy being in the presence of greatness and families chatted about the rest of their weekend during anything that was not 'Common People'.

I have never quite understood why people bring young children to festivals, they do not want to be there (this one spent most of the time looking the opposite way) and simply get in the way of others trying to have a good time.

It would have been top marks for the band alone, but poor sound and a crowd who will be far more at home watching George Ezra ruined it for me and made me wish I had left early to see the start of Mandy, Indiana, who stunned on the Trailer Park stage.

As Cocker himself once said in an interview, your personal circumstances while watching live music impact heavily on your interpretation of a performance. Finsbury Park was the best gig of my life so far, this was not.