A baking weekend is a go go go, with Latitude Festival in sunny Suffolk’s Henham Park with antics of cocktails in tents, lying down in the sun and birthday excitement.
Diary Of Latitude Day One
Photos by Stephi LaReine & Patrick McGuinness
We arrived on the Thursday evening with a sniffling cold, which never starts off any festival well, after some paracetomol and cough syrup we got in an early night whilst we heard the whole site partying (boooo to us!) but really we were saving ourselves for the weekend of adventures ahead. With wellies on standby we learnt we wouldn’t need them after all.
Latitude Festival is full of colour, excitement and yes you saw it…pink sheep! It’s the most family friendly festival I’ve ever been to, with a kids area the size of most main stage crowds. We found ourselves wandering around the playground a lot more than we had intended, exploring is the key to Latitude because guaranteed you will miss half the creativity, and of course we didn’t get a chance to dive into the lake or go for a boat ride but that’s an adventure for next year.
Our first act of the day was The Rajasthan Express an Indian delight to sway in the sun to, I love the beauty that you don’t have to know half the acts but flitter into something truly exciting and become a part of it. We followed up with Courtney Barnett, British Sea Power, Lapsley all throughout the afternoon, there were so many bands I honestly cannot remember the name of but they all put the biggest smile on my face, with a plastic cup of cider in my hand and swaying in the sunshine.
OUTFIT OF THE DAY
A lush little surprise happened when we retired to fetch a drink and some food, I heard Florence playing in a tent so we wandered in to the Film & Music Arena, fully unknowing it was a cinema with The Odyssey Florence Welch’s movie, so we sat in for a breather and was surprised to see her walk out to say a quick hello – weekend made!
Our evening as the sun cooled down was in the BBC Radio 6 Stage with the Augustines, a 2016 favourite from their bombshell of festivals they played in 2015 and they’re bigger and better than ever!
On the Obelisk stage we saw Father John Misty giving it beans, and we ended the night with a few numbers from Slaves which always gets everybody going! We were truly totally and went for a ‘nap’ to revive for Beirut and The Maccabees but I surprisingly woke up the next morning at 5.30am and slept like a baby throughout the night party. So very unlike us!
Although gutted about sleeping through some favourites, the next morning wasn’t just celebrating day two of Latitude but a very special birthday, keep reading for more adventures.