Why you must attend the legendary Latitude Fest

When you hear the word ‘festival,’ what’s the first thing that pops into your mind?

When you hear the word ‘festival,’ what’s the first thing that pops into your mind? I decided to ask a few people this question and the connotations that they have for it include things such as:  teenagers, summer, tents and camping, sex drugs and rock n’ roll, and of course music.  

Latitude Fest, however, isn’t just for the youths. Of course there are some acts that may be unsuitable for children, such as the films shown in the Film & Music Arena which will have an over 15 years of age restriction – but other than that, there are experiences for all the family.

One thing that someone stated was ‘the first thing that pops into my mind is a community who all have a love for the same passion. They come together to appreciate the performance from the festival where you can make new friends and create new memories’ which is describing Latitude Fest perfectly.

Not your ordinary festival

I’m not a big fan of camping’ you say? Just because the festival takes place over a few days from Thursday 17th – Sunday 20th July, doesn’t mean you cannot have a fantastic experience within one day. Check out what each day entails and what accommodation packages they offer and make up your mind on how you want to experience the festival life.

The year Latitude Festival all started was in 2006 where acts such as Paolo Nutini and Snow Patrol played. Latitude Fest is said to be similar to continental European festivals but has a wide range of phenomenal musicians and bands across the four stages – The Obelisk Arena, The BBC Radio 6 Music Stage, The i Arena, and the Lake Stage.

The Latitude Festival combines the elements of art, music, dance, theatre, comedy, cabaret, poetry, politics and literature – hence why it is known to have something for everyone.

But is the line-up good?

There is quite a variety of music artists in the line-up this year; my favourite band (The Black Keys) happen to be headlining on the Sunday. They also have music from Two Door Cinema Club, Bombay Bicycle Club, Haim, The Black Keys, Temples, George Ezra and a lot more.

Two Door Cinema Club will be making their first ever festival headline performance on the Obelisk Arena – so if you like indie rock then maybe this festival will be suited for you!

The Black Keys will be performing their 8th album Turn Blue, and that is something you do not want to miss. I could say so many good things about The Black Keys, even though Turn Blue has had quite a few negative reviews and opinions on it due to the fact it is slightly more melancholy and psychedelic than their other tracks and albums.

Other than performing at Latitude and Glastonbury, The Black Keys have not released any other information on whether or not they will be performing elsewhere in the UK in the near future. They have recently announced the dates for the North American leg of the Turn Blue world tour, but unfortunately nothing for the UK has been spoken of, so seeing them live at Latitude would be a remarkable opportunity.

Unfortunately I will not be able to experience the Latitude Festival due to lack of money (gotta’ save up for uni and all that in September), so I will be extremely jealous of all you festival goers. I’m literally entering every competition I see that are offering Latitude Fest tickets – that’s how badly I want to go.

Festivals are usually the highlight of people’s summers. So be sure to make your summer unforgettable. 

What do you think? Will you be at Latitude? Have your say in the comments section below.