Let’s be honest – we were off to a shaky start. Panic slowly started to overtake camp as Producers everywhere frantically held their phones in all manner of positions in an attempt to obtain signal. We quickly realised that we would just have to resort to old school methods of communication and any plans to work that weekend (ha!) just had to be forgotten.
What a shame.
We then geared up to face our true adversaries: mosquitoes. My legs are living proof that the war that raged between Man and Mosquito was not without its casualties… But spurred on with the promise of back up on its way (in the form of insect repellent) it wasn’t long before Latitude’s magic began to take over, and as glitter was donned and sprinkled and more or less bathed in, our first world problems began to fade away…
So – collectively – we give you, our LATITUDE 2014 experience.
Hopelessly Devoted - Thursday night kicked off in the Theatre Tent with our production of Kate Tempest’s HOPELESSLY DEVOTED officially opening the festival. As always, nowhere will you find a theatre audience quite like a Latitude crowd – and the cast, creatives and the PP Team as a whole only had to feed off their incredible energy and good vibes to get off to a good start. A what a start it was.
Booker T and the MG’s – Hearing the legendary Green Onions in the sunshine with a cold cider in hand was a glorious moment only to be topped by Booker T’s cover of Jimi Hendrix’s famous track Hey Joe. A definite tick box moment.
Hollie Cook v Guilty Pleasures – Team PP was divided on Friday night as some danced the night away to the all too familiar cheesy classics in the comedy tent. As half the team screamed at the top of their lungs to the parts they knew of Bon Jovi’s ”Livin’ On A Prayer”, the rest found solace in the form of dub reggae singer Hollie Cook and skanked the night away.
James Grieve’s Camp Fires- Each night, whether rain or shine, armed with sheer determination the PP camp ended its evenings with a camp-fire made by the hands of Paines Plough’s very own Bear Grylls. By the final evening , with the help of some firelighters, the fire was up and running in record time.
Kate Tempest - This gig was off the chain. PP held the fort in front of the left-hand speaker and skanked out hard to Kate’s solo album Everybody Down. The energy and heart smacked us in the face as we watched a group of ridiculously talented musicians do what they love. If you haven’t heard this album yet, what’s going on? It came out on Big Dada Records in May, so – and our bias aside – we unreservedly recommend it.
Kelis – Wow. This talented lady’s bluesy tones were spell-binding. With a mixture of her popular songs including a more calypso version of Milkshake alongside new tracks of her album Food, Kelis’s set was effortless.
Kids Area - Whether you have kids or you are just a big kid yourself there was plenty of fun to be had in the Kids Area. Highlights included making our own willow head dresses at the marvelous Spinney Hollow and having maybe a bit too much fun on the Helter Skelter. (A word of advice to future Latituders – you’re never too old. Never).
Kwabs – Another musical highlight (props to Tom, music recommender extraordinaire). With a voice both technically and emotionally impressive, it was one of those rare moments of witnessing a beautiful old soul shining through a young body. He smashed it – and certainly gained loyal fans in us.
Nils Frahm – Sunday started with impish German ivory tinkler Nils Frahm taking to the sylvan i-Arena stage. “This is my first gig in the English forest,” he says, before displacing woodland animals for miles around with distorted bass that judders through the subs and gives everyone face palpitations. The hauntingly beautiful piano music combined with heavy synthesiser sounds was magical as we sat in the sun for a whole 45 minutes without saying anything…Well, until I informed everyone I could feel the bass in my face.
MJ Cole – The festival ended on a high as MJ Cole played us out to some of the best old school garage we’d heard in a long time. None of that commercial “I’ll bring you flowers in the pouring rain” business. PP raved in our usual spot and this highlight may be responsible for Bene’s current knee injury. Has she gone to the doctors yet?
Yet another extraordinary, inspiring, magical weekend at Latitude, and after a couple of days back in the office, there definitely has been an influx of new acts added to the PP Spotify playlist.
Thank you Latitude.
Same time next year?