Review: Wild Beasts live up to the hype at Latitude

Wild Beasts at Latitude Festival 2015 - Paul Bayfield

Wild Beasts at Latitude Festival 2015 - Paul Bayfield

Third from the top of the bill on the main stage, Wild Beasts are one of the most exciting bands in the UK today.

The band brought their brand of melancholic indie electronica to Henham Park as the sun was setting on the first day of the festival.

Performing songs from their latest album, Present Tense, as well as their earlier three albums, the thumping bass and electronic sounds gave the crowd plenty to be energetic about.

Veterans of the festival, singer and guitarist Hayden Thorpe thanked organisers for having them back.

'This is our sixth time playing here. No band has played here more and long may that continue.


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'When we first came here there were still sheep grazing about. I think it is still a really special place,' he added.

Thorpe and Little's harmonies cut through the wall of sound produced by the guitars.

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Lyrically the band weave their almost poetic verse into the electronic beats.

The Cumbrian four piece started out in 2002 when Hayden Thorpe and Ben Little formed a band while at school together. Drummer Chris 'Bert' Talbot and bassist Gareth 'Gaz' Bullock, who has been replaced by Tom Fleming, joined two years later and Wild Beasts were born.

Closing with All The King's Men, from their third album Two Dancers, the band lived up to the hype that surrounds them and it is no wonder they have been invited back year after year.

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