Latitude has rewritten the festival rulebook and is unequalled in the diversity and quality of the artists it hosts. Set in a beautiful lakeside location in the heart of Suffolk, the festival features the best of music, comedy, theatre, literature, dance, cabaret, poetry, and film and was voted ‘Line Up of the Year’ in the 2013 UK Festival Awards.
First to headline Latitude’s Obelisk Arena on Friday night was a band close to Latitude’s heart; Mercury Prize-winning art-rockers alt-J. Having delivered outstanding sets on smaller Latitude stages over the years, 2015’s triumphant return was a special moment for all who have witnessed their incredible Latitude journey. With a recent sold out arena tour and two critically acclaimed albums, the Leeds trio gave the Latitude audience a stunning set.
Portishead gave a rare UK appearance as they topped the bill on Saturday. Emerging in 1994 with landmark album Dummy, Portishead have remained adventurous and uncompromising throughout their 20-year career. Compelling, provoking and moving; Portishead treated the Latitude crowd to an unmissable performance.
Closing Latitude this year was an outfit fronted by one of Britain’s most loved musical figures; Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Song-writing pioneer and out-spoken cultural icon, Gallagher’s relevance has never faltered and Latitude was delighted to welcome him and his latest band to their 10th anniversary Edition. Performing tracks from the recent critically acclaimed album Chasing Yesterday (which Gallagher produced as well as wrote), plus plenty of classic sing-along Oasis tracks, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds gave Latitude a closing show to be remembered.