Live Review: Latitude Festival 2019

Posted: Tuesday 23 July 2019

With one of the most diverse line-ups going, we knew we had to make the journey to Latitude Festival. Despite the rain and thunderstorms, we managed to catch some amazing artists, some of which are heading out on tour soon! Here’s our highlights from the weekend.


JENNY LEWIS

Strutting onto the BBC Sounds Stage like the Elton John of Country music, Jenny Lewis dazzled in her floor-length sequin gown and rose gemmed glasses. Performing a strong selection of tracks from latest album, On The Line and its predecessor, The Voyager, she couldn’t have looked happier stood alongside her band. Her gentle alt-folk and indie anthems soothed the crowd and got us fully into the festival spirit, swaying along as we soaked up her pitch-perfect vocals and easy breezy vibes.

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Thursday 25 July Buy Tickets

THE MURDER CAPITAL

Over in the woods stood the Sunrise Arena, a hub for emerging talent that included Dublin’s latest exports, The Murder Capital. Their moody attitude and straight-up, gritty sound drew in quite the crowd, who lapped up every moment of their performance. Working their way through their clutch of singles and tracks from this year’s Don’t Cling To Life EP with all the brashness of The Smiths and Joy Division, it was clear why this group of punks have been making serious waves in the DIY scene. Sure to be working their way up to the bigger festival slots in no time at all, it gave us a glimpse of what the future holds for them and it certainly looks bright.

Arts Club, Liverpool: Thursday 25 July Buy Tickets

FREYA RIDINGS

Friday was a very special day for Freya Ridings, because not only was she performing at Latitude to a packed-out crowd, but it was also the day that her self-titled debut album, was released into the world. As soon as she took her seat behind the piano and started singing, goosebumps spread through the BBC Sounds Stage tent, with everyone in awe of her extraordinary vocals. Well-loved for her deep and emotional ballads, her set also included some more spritely offerings, including recent single, ‘Castles’, which has proven that Freya is not just a one-trick pony. Closing her performance on the career-defining track, ‘Lost Without You’, the words echoed around the tent with everyone singing in unison and it was magical to see how far the song has taken her in 12 months.

O2 Academy Newcastle: Monday 11 November Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Glasgow: Tuesday 12 November Buy Tickets

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O2 Academy Leeds: Saturday 16 November Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Birmingham: Sunday 17 November Buy Tickets

O2 Guildhall Southampton: Thursday 21 November Buy Tickets

LOYLE CARNER

Recently announcing, and selling out, his biggest headline tour to date, Loyle Carner’s main stage set was just a glimpse of what the young hip hop star is capable of. Despite the heavy showers falling from the sky, it was one of the brightest performances of the entire weekend, commanding the stage with the biggest grin on his face, showing that this was as much a big moment for him as it was for his fans. Dishing out tracks from new album, Not Waving, But Drowning and his 2017 debut, Yesterday’s Gone, including the stunning ‘Loose Ends’ and big hitter, ‘NO CD’, it was a reminder of just how good each and every one of his songs are. And, as he removed his in-ear monitors to hear the crowd singing at the top of their lungs, his reaction was all the proof you needed that he doesn’t take a single moment of this for granted.

O2 Academy Newcastle: Thursday 31 October* Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Leeds: Saturday 2 November* Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Liverpool: Sunday 3 November* Buy Tickets

O2 Institute Birmingham: Saturday 9 November* Buy Tickets

*This show is sold out but re-sale tickets may be available through our official ticketing partner, Ticketmaster.

GEORGE EZRA

As the rain clouds parted, a little ray of sunshine in the form of George Ezra made his appearance on the main stage. There’s no denying that the past year has been phenomenal for George and a headline slot at one of the UK’s biggest festivals is perhaps one of the better ways to roundup 18 months of his multi-platinum album, Staying At Tamara’s. Charming and witty as always, he made everyone feel welcome and confirmed that he is one of the nicest blokes in music. Bounding his way through crowd favourites, ‘Cassy O’’, ‘Pretty Shining People’ and the magnificent ‘Shotgun’ it was a wonderful way to see out the first day of Latitude Festival and a highly deserved slot for one of the nation’s favourite musicians.

PRIMAL SCREAM

Over on the BBC Sounds Stage were alt-rock heroes, Primal Scream, offering a slightly heavier option to the festival’s Friday night headliners. Packed to the rafters, their set was nothing short of maximum rock ‘n’ roll, playing hit after hit after hit, including noughties anthem ‘Country Girl’ and bluesy favourite, ‘Rocks’. Frontman Bobby Gillespie is still very much the master of the stage, oozing swagger in his red suit attire while his fellow comrades delivered one of the strongest musical performances of the summer, and solidified their status at one of the country’s greatest rock bands.

O2 Academy Oxford: Tuesday 19 November* Buy Tickets

O2 Guildhall Southampton: Wednesday 20 November Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Liverpool: Sunday 24 November* Buy Tickets

O2 Forum Kentish Town: Friday 29 November* Buy Tickets

O2 Forum Kentish Town: Saturday 30 November* Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Leeds: Friday 6 December Buy Tickets

*This show is sold out but re-sale tickets may be available through our official ticketing partner, Ticketmaster.

THE FUTUREHEADS

Unfortunately for The Futureheads, the weather did not play on their side. Two songs in and their set had to be cut due to the looming electrical thunderstorm quickly approaching, which put the entire festival on hold for an hour. So, if you’re gutted you didn’t get the full Futureheads experience, grab a ticket to their headline tour and everything should go a lot smoother.

O2 Institute Birmingham: Saturday 7 December Buy Tickets

O2 Ritz Manchester: Sunday 15 December Buy Tickets

MARINA

MARINA made her return earlier this year with her two-part album, LOVE + FEAR and seeing her back up on stage after so long away was pretty magical. Taking herself from pop underdog to fully fledged superstar, she put on a dazzling display of love, colour and emotion, shifting from expertly choreographed dance routines to politically-charged ballads. Throwing in some old-school nostalgia with ‘I’m Not A Robot’ and ‘Primadonna’, her set was a real celebration of her career and how much she’s evolved as an artist, so we can’t wait to see where she takes things from here.

O2 Apollo Manchester: Tuesday 29 October Buy Tickets

THE TWILIGHT SAD

Changing the mood to something a little more sombre, but in no way disapprovingly, were Scottish quartet, The Twilight Sad. After five years, they returned in January with IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME and with it they’ve welcomed in a new legion of fans and travelled around the globe to premiere their new material. Watching them on stage is an experience unlike anything else, the passion and the energy that the band have is mesmerising and you’re drawn into every note, word and sound that comes out of them. Perhaps the standout moment, as heart-breaking as it was to witness, was their performance of Frightened Rabbit’s ‘Keep Yourself Warm’. A bittersweet tribute, it was hard not feel their grief as tears streamed down vocalist, James Graham’s face, but it’s something that will stay with the audience forever.

O2 Forum Kentish Town: Saturday 23 November Buy Tickets

O2 Ritz Manchester: Sunday 24 November Buy Tickets

EASY LIFE

Easy Life are getting pretty good at this festival thing now, ticking off yet another major festival set at Latitude. Taking to The Lake Stage, which was expertly curated by Huw Stephens, vocalist, keys player and trumpeter, Murray, opened the performance by bouncing onto stage wearing an umbrella hat and from then on it was the biggest bundle of fun you’ve ever experienced. Smooth groovin’ their way through their eclectic mix of singles, it’s easy to why so many people have warmed to this Leicester collective. If you want to know more about the band and when that highly anticipated album is going to drop, then check out our interview with them here.

O2 Academy Oxford: Tuesday 8 October Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Liverpool: Sunday 13 October Buy Tickets

TOM GRENNAN

Rocking a delectable yellow snakeskin suit over on the main stage was Tom Grennan, the singer who won us all over with his soulful vocals and cheeky attitude. “One day, I’m going to headline this festival” he says, as he surveys the crowd with a smile on his face that means he’s not joking around. Backed by a troupe of talented musicians and a full gospel choir, he powered through tracks from his smash debut, Lighting Matches and delivered a set that could certainly push him to headliner status in no time at all.

AURORA

It’s not every day you see a giant moon on stage, but that’s what Aurora brought with her to her Latitude performance. The petite Norwegian singer practically sparkled as she danced across the stage performing the alt-pop treats from latest album, A Different Kind Of Human – Step 2. Heavily inspired by the planet and nature, she brought a whole new level of spirituality to her set and it was hard not to be completely engrossed in every movement, word and sound that came from the stage. A unique pop singer who’s using her music for good and completely embodies everything about festival life. There’s definitely room for more people like Aurora in this world.

O2 Academy Bristol: Monday 4 November Buy Tickets

O2 Institute Birmingham: Sunday 10 November Buy Tickets

STEREOPHONICS

Despite not being the original headliner, Stereophonics did an outstanding job of filling in for Snow Patrol. Bringing together a crowd of all ages and backgrounds for 90 minutes of good British rock music, it was hit-packed set spanning nearly three decades, covering everything from ‘A Thousand Trees’ to ‘Caught By The Wind’ from 2017’s Scream Above The Sounds. Huge guitar riffs on gold guitars and epic drum solos were all a part of their performance and the whole thing was completely faultless, proving why they are still one of the greatest bands to exist. Finishing off in style with a full-throttle performance of ‘Dakota’, it was mass sing-a-longs and kangaroo jumping galore, with thousands of people chanting back “I don’t know where we are going now!” at full volume and feeling nothing but pure joy spreading through their bones.


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