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Last weekend was truly an unforgettable experience - Latitude is like no other music festival I've been to before, and it's a little daunting writing a post about my time there, as there's just so much I want to cover!
Unfortunately we had an awful start to the weekend - a 3 hour drive took us 8 hours in terrible traffic due to the schools all breaking up for the summer. A truly horrendous journey - make sure you plan ahead or face the horrors of standstill traffic! Due to this we missed a couple of acts, including Fight Like Apes, which I was gutted about, but we still managed to get there and set up camp just in time to catch Alt-J. I've seen them twice before and they didn't disappoint - they may not be the most interactive with the crowd, but they put on a great show and I sang my bloody heart out, can't wait to see them again at Reading. Before hitting the hay, we stumbled across a gorgeous show on the lake, with dancers and big props on floating platforms - so surreal but so cool!
We started off day 2 with a cold cider at Jose Gonzalez. His music was so beautiful and the whole crowd was in mong mode, a relaxing start to the day. Later on we caught the Catfish & The Bottlemen set - a band I got into very recently and they rocked it, the crowd went crazy for them! Luckily, we managed to catch the end of Prides, and Messiah live was incredible - plus their exit song was the Lion King intro which was hilarious. We didn't go see Portishead as I'd never actually heard of them before, so we went to the Vaccines for a bit, but as people were spilling out the tent we could hardly hear it, so decided to party at the iArena, which turned out was full capacity. We accidentally got an early night which was disappointing so take note, if you wanna party, get in there early!
Unfortunately my friend had work on Monday and we live a 3 hour drive away from the festival so we couldn't catch any of the late night sets, we just spent the day wandering around exploring and checking out the different stages. We finished the festival with an amazing set by Susanne Sundfor, she has a gorge voice and the harmonies were chillingly beautiful.
Aside from the music, there is so much else to do at Latitude, whether it's having a laugh in the comedy tent, a nap in a woodland glade, joining in with a yoga group, or even a dip in the lake, there is a huge range of activities to get stuck in which was so awesome - love how they go the extra mile for entertainment rather than just music. Everywhere you look has elaborate decorations, including ethereal glass mobiles around the forest and crazy colourful sculptures, it's definitely the most 'instagrammable' festival I've been to! It's also a child-friendly festival, so there are dedicated areas to take young ones, including a funfair with sandpits and all! It was amazing to be surrounded by so much happiness and creativity - Latitude will definitely be a festival to remember for me, although I'm still gutted I managed to miss TWO secret Ed Sheeran sets!
Huge thanks to The Blogger Programme and Festival Baby - if you haven't already checked them both out, click over! TBP is a platform where bloggers and brands can connect to work together, and Festival Baby give you the low-down on all the festivals throughout the year, so helpful!
I've also written an article over on the Festival Baby blog with '10 Things I Learned From Latitude' so make sure to check that out for some laffs! Hope you liked this post - let me know if any of you guys were at Latitude and if you loved it as much as I did! Hopefully see you next year Latitude.