Latitude Summer Festival 2018
It seems ages ago that I started planning for Latitude, and now it’s just around the corner. In previous years I’ve only been able to go on a day ticket, but this year we are there all weekend, which really opens up so many more opportunities to experience the festival to the limit.
This means that I will be able to spend more time listening to new talent, attending discussions, and watching dance by the lake. There’s one headline act that I’d never normally go to see, dismissing it as not being a genre of music that I usually like, but I’ve been listening to the tracks on the Latitude website, and am now very excited to hear and see this singer on stage. If you can’t work out who I mean, it’s Solange, I’m really loving her heartfelt song, ‘Cranes in the Sky’, from her 2016 album ‘A Seat at the Table’. This chronicled the pain and beauty that comes with inhabiting the world as a black woman, with accompanying film clips illustrating a world that centred the beauty of black women within an entirely black gaze. Seeing how this is portrayed live, to what in previous years has been quite a white audience, is going to be very exciting.
Of course, there is so much to see and do at Latitude. If the weather is nice enough that includes swimming in the lake. Or relaxing whilst being punted around. Or even better, finding somewhere quirky for a cocktail.
One reading that’s caught my eye is Adam Kay, we’ve seen him perform his musical comedy several times now (highly recommended – which is rare for me to say about comedy), but this is a reading from his book, “This is going to hurt” containing tales from his time as a junior doctor Working for the NHS, I have to say that it really does have the ring of truth to it. For more about theatre at Latitude 2018 see our previous post.
If you fancy joining us, there are still weekend tickets, Friday and Sunday tickets for sale (day tickets for Saturday are sold out). I’ll be down the front for Solange on Friday night, the Killers on Saturday night, and Alt-J on Sunday night. I won’t be missing James or Mogwai either. Monday I’ll be recovering!
Latitude is on 13th to 15th July in Henham Park, Suffolk.
For tickets: https://www.latitudefestival.com/tickets