Latitude Festival: Sunday 19th July 2015
Spending time with your friends, great food and great music.
The last day of Latitude Festival is perhaps the most underwhelming of them. With Friday offering quality comedy and variety and Saturday being all about the music - Sunday was a bit of a free-for-all.
Latitude attendees woke-up to the news that Robin Thicke performed alongside Thom Yorke (from Radiohead) in his all-encompassing secret set and realizations that the rendition of Chasing Cars last night wasn't a cover but was coming from a secret Snow Patrol set, there is a sense of frustration in the air. What doesn't make it even better is the news that, in the morning, Ed Sheeran had performed another secret set in the Faraway Forest.
However, almost everyone is buzzing to discover what controversies Noel Gallagher will be stirring up as he closes the festival this evening - and those not interested in Gallagher will almost definitely be heading to…
Review: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds (Obelisk Arena)
Between the banter and the controversy, there actually are beautiful performances
If there is anybody who is more than capable to close Latitude Festival, it's a man like Noel Gallagher. With more showmanship and bravado than 'the biggest rock star today' Kanye West, everybody at the Obelisk Arena knows that they are in for a mega-show.
To his shock, Noel Gallagher opens his set to a half-empty Arena, with most fans filling up the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage expecting a 'surprise guest' (a hint tipped by Olly from Years & Years). Most people are expecting Florence + The Machine, and as instruments such as windchimes enter the stage, it's looking likely. However, with 5 minutes to go until SBTRKT are due to turn up, most people leave SBTRKT (resulting in a now half empty BBC Radio 6 Music Stage) to see Noel Gallagher.
When the Arena starts to fill up more, so does Gallagher's banter. Between songs there…
Review: Years & Years (BBC Radio 6 Music Stage)
Years & Years force a packed out tent to groove and boogie along with their infectious electro-pop
One of the biggest new groups on the block, Years & Years packed out the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage at Latitude Festival this year. And, unlike many of the other bands who have packed the tent over the weekend, their music was designed to make you groove instead of headbang.
Walking out in front of an entirely packed out tent, lead-singer Olly looks on amused, as if this is a shock to him. It shouldn't be - after all, this is the boy who, within the past 8 months, has had three Top 10 hits and, upon album release last Friday (10th) the album was immediately certified Silver in the UK (over 60,000 sales).
Acting constantly surprised that their fans know every word to their hits, Olly dances away to Desire (placed midset) and has to do almost no work during Shine and finishing track King, enabling…