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Review: Seasick Steve (Obelisk Arena)

Steve plays mostly personalised guitars, singing about his early life doing casual work and about a 'simpler time'.

Review: Seasick Steve (Obelisk Arena)
Seasick Steve is one of the very few organic, original American blues musicians still touring - and success for him has only been recent.

He made his first UK television on Jools Holland's annual Hootenanny BBC TV show on New Year's Eve 2006. He performed a live rendition of "Dog House Boogie" on the "Three String Trance Wonder" and the "Mississippi Drum Machine". After that show his popularity exploded in Britain. He was well received in the UK, winning the 2007 MOJO Award for Best Breakthrough Act and going on to appear at major UK festivals such as Reading, Leeds and Glastonbury. In 2007 he played more UK festivals than any other artist.

Taking on Latitude Festival's Main Stage, Steve plays mostly personalised guitars, singing about his early life doing casual work and about a 'simpler time'.

When watching him perform live, although it's only a two-person…
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Review: Chloe Combi (The Shed of Stories)

Chloe Combi takes over the Shed of Stories

Review: Chloe Combi (The Shed of Stories)
It's always a scary experience, watching your co-host in their element. You know, in case they screw up whilst in your presence and you need to work with them in the future with that shared memory. When I presented with Georgia Jones I would always get slightly nervous when I saw her on a magazine cover in case the editor had used too much Photoshop or a bad picture was used. When Chloe Combi (my co-host on new show 'Generation You') told me that she was speaking at Latitude Festival I was nervous, but also excited.

Chloe Combi is a former school teacher who left her job as a teacher when she discovered that she was more interested in the issues young people are dealing with than teaching them traditional subjects.

Widely seen as an expert on Teen Issues, she is a columnist for the Times Educaitonal Supplement…
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Review: Gareth Malone (Obelisk Arena)

Gareth Malone Presents: Voices and the Latitude Choir

Review: Gareth Malone (Obelisk Arena)
For Latitude Festival, Gareth Malone has put together an interesting package. Merging his professional choir 'Voices' with another choir he's called 'The Latitude Choir' - yes, that's a choir consisting of random attendees of Latitude Festival who auditioned over the internet to take part.

On a stage which has been home to the likes of Lianne La Havas and Alt-J over the weekend, it did feel slightly odd seeing it play home to a choir - but, at the same time, the spectacular felt quite at home, considering the 'hipster' vibe of Latitude.

Had it been unsaid, the fact that 'The Latitude Choir' featured in the set would not have been noticed - it is evident how much hard work was put into their appearance, with every member of the special choir sounding as if they had been in the business for many years, including Louisa - a…
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